Article on American Sentences

September 14, 2020

Huge thanks (again) to Tim Green of Rattle Magazine who wrote about my practice of American Sentences for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. The article is called:

I love how Tim changes the narrative from a capitalist point of view relating a personal encounter:

…the future of poetry is in its production, not its consumption. It matters not that poetry is read so much as that it’s written. It’s the process of writing a poem that’s most rewarding — that pause involved in stopping to look beneath the surface of our experiences and poke at the cracks in our understandings. When we get into the habit of doing that, our world becomes a richer place.

Fundamentally, a poem is the act of someone noticing. As linguistic creatures, we were designed to notice and to name, and so poetry will always be central to what it means to be human…

Thanks Tim.

Timothy Green (editor of Rattle magazine & co-founder of Wrightwood Literary Festival. Photo by David Bauman, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Some news about that book is that there will be a second edition scheduled to be published in Fall 2021, again by Apprentice House, with highlights from 20 years of practice if I make it through 2020 with at least one American Sentence per day. Inshallah.

Does that make the current edition a collector’s item?

Buy the book, $11.99.


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