The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
—Kate Chopin, from The Awakening
Poets think in lines, prose writers in sentences; the best of both work from sound to sense, with an ear for the music in their compositions. S for Sentence celebrates lyricism in prose, the play and craft at work in the artful sentence. We post a sentence a month along with comments by a guest writer on the craft that shapes it, on what makes it great. In one or two sentences.
—Pearl Abraham, Editor
Our highest pitched sibilant S appears 13 times, drawing attention to itself, alerting the reader to the intentionality at work in this sentence. Pssst. Listen up. After all, it's the elusive soul the sea is seeking, usually submerged by the daily noise of life. What the sea offers the shy soul is a not entirely silent solitude, a deep (sometimes) soothing abyss in which to find and know itself. The string of 'ing' words evokes the ongoing nature of the sea, its waves: the dark deep is always here, always available to help. In the final clause, the s drops down to a sister sibilant, the quieter z-sound of lose and maze, so that the music matches the mood of meditative inwardness.
—Pearl Abraham is the author of American Taliban and The Seventh Beggar