Learning to Write, One Sentence at a Time


At the Guardian, Angela Chen profiles poet Robin Coste Lewis, who was only permitted to write one sentence a day after sustaining severe brain damage:

“I would sit there for eight hours a day thinking of one line and it became delicious,” Lewis says. “It was this huge epiphany—‘Oh, this is what poetry is! You can put an entire essay into one line!’ It was odd but it was the greatest gift, and I never looked back.”

Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →