……No More Sentence(s)……

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Sentence — (2003-2013)


The forthcoming, and 10th, issue of “Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics” will be the last. Yes, of course, just like people are born and die, journals come and go:

And yet— And yet—

Sentence is where I discovered poems and poets that changed the way I wrote: poems and poets (dead and alive, American and otherwise) that changed the way I thought about Poetry and its possibilities. Furthermore, Brian Clements, one of the founders and long-time editor of Sentence, was my first and best mentor when I began writing again (and for real) in Dallas in the late 1990’s.


So, to follow is a little Q & A that I just did with Brian which, among other things, looks back a bit over Sentence’s excellent 10 year run :

(note:  back issues, except 1 and 2, are still available)

And yet— And yet—


Rauan: The Prose Poem seems to be in a much better place than it was when you started Sentence in 2003? I mean that now it seems Prose Poems are welcome and present just about anywhere. Is this part of the reason you’ve decided to stop?

Brian: I don’t know if the prose poem is in a better place; it’s in a different place READ MORE >

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September 25th, 2013 / 6:34 pm

Sentence, Promise: Holy Land

In every corner of this endlessly-cornered room there’s blood running down my chin.

You will not regret it.

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May 26th, 2010 / 6:15 pm

The winners of the weird words for Words contest are Sabra Embury & Sean K. Their entries, respectively:

A fall, it takes, eats–mother crams him, burnt and opaque; her glimpses diamond heavy, dog tired dead, yes–their wall runs blood.


Her fall: a tired mother glimpses their dead dog’s burnt, opaque blood, “Diamond, yes!” wall-runs and takes him, eats, crams it.


Please email satorpress at gmail dot com to claim your book.

In celebration of Mr. Kimball’s & Mr. Devine’s appearance tonight, I’m giving two copies of WORDS away. Make a sentence out of these words: a, and, it, dog, runs, mother, blood, diamond, tired, heavy, wall, takes, glimpses, eats, burnt, opaque, crams, the, him, her, dead, fall, yes, their. Add your email. I’ll pick two favorites by the 9pm PST.

Monday Morning Webahol

Image chosen by word association game with one of the main subjects of this post. Any guesses?

There’s a new poetry blog in town. Contributors to The The Poetry include the Maggy Poetry editorial A-team, plus about eight more fine people, plus^2 some sort of daily-rotating tag-team editorial arrangement. And a key word cloud-sphere that rotates bewitchingly. What else do you want from life? GO THERE.

Several pieces of news from Sentence: (1) The winner of the Sentence Book Award is (for a book-length manuscript of prose poems or a book-length manuscript consisting substantially of prose poems) is Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds by Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor. (2) 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker by Re’lynn Hansen has been selected as the winning manuscript of The Firewheel Chapbook Award. (3) Sentence #7 is now available. (4) Also available now, An Introduction to the Prose Poem. Congrats all you winners!

Some people know about my doppelganger, the Other (or, since he’s older, perhaps the Original) Justin Taylor, who is a Baptist preacher out of Wheaton, Illinois and the co-author of a book called Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. ANYway, JTO left a comment on his friend David Murray’s post at The Gospel Coalition Blog the other day, which naturally triggered my Google alert, and though I don’t always keep this close track of JTO’s doings, the title of the blogpost caught my eye: “101 Writing Tips.” Turns out that Mr. Murray actually meant “Writing Tips 101;” he’s actually offering his Top 5 writing/preaching tips, which themselves are actually only intended to summarize some video about “preaching blunders” that he linked to. Here’s one now-

3. Don’t overuse nouns
Use verbs much more. Not, “It is our suggestion…” but, “We suggest.”

Heartily recommended to all you young preachers out there. Also: JTO’s blog, Between Two Worlds, is here.

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February 15th, 2010 / 12:06 pm


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September 18th, 2009 / 4:59 pm

Robot Melon wants your sentences

This from Stephen Daniel Lewis:

ROBOT MELON is opening special submissions for issue eight.

Issue eight will be smaller in comparison to other issues. We are asking people to send one sentence, or a few sentences focused intently on language. Make it interesting, think economy of words, think diction.

We will take the words we choose and do something with them involving jpegs and various Kansas locations. Yes we will be messing with what you send and you will have little say about it.

We’ll accept sentences for issue eight until December 21st. But keep sending sentences after that date if the sentences are magnificent.

Think you’re a ‘master’ of the sentence? An ‘innovator’? A ‘crank-turner’? A ‘hhsfjadfg;kjadg’?

Write a sentence and send it.

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December 9th, 2008 / 7:56 pm