Nathan McClain: The Sentence

The Sentence
Nathan McClain

“begins with its subject,
which is the sentence.

Track the sentence
to find out what happens

or how it will act. It is
the subject, after all. To track,

meaning keep an eye on,
which is synecdoche,

part representing the whole
of a thing. One

may track a package if he pleases.
One may track a person,

though you’d probably want
the whole of him, not only

an eye, or perhaps
only an eye. Look how

the sentence is so capable
of embracing contraction.

A him may function
as a subject, but that depends

upon the sentence, i.e., A man
is subject to his sentence.

You understand.
Such syntax renders it like

a package showing evidence
of having been tampered with—”
—Nathan McClain.

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