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a sentence

By Kevin Simmonds

at least one subject
and one verb
(though sometimes the subject
is unnamed   it's understood

objects must be named)

         Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant III.

subject: Johannes Mehserle
verb: shot
object: Oscar Grant III

a sentence becomes sophisticated
when it includes complexity and detail

           Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant III who was restrained faced down
           on the ground surrounded by three police officers.

subject: Johannes Mehserle
verb: shot
object: Oscar Grant III

           A white police officer shot a black man faced down on the ground
           and will spend less than two years in jail for his criminal conviction.

what is the object
of that sentence?

object? anyone?

Added: Monday, July 7, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Kevin Simmonds

Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician and filmmaker originally from New Orleans. His books include the poetry collections Bend to it (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2011), and two edited works: the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011) and the late poet Carrie Allen McCray's Ota Benga under My Mother's Roof (University of South Carolina Press, 2012). He wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary Hope: Living & Loving with HIV in Jamaica and Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse, both commissioned by the Pulitzer Center. His genre-defying films, including Ass, feti(sh)ame, Singing Whitman, and Trace, have screened internationally. He divides his time between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Japan.

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