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Dispatch from a Reader: “Found Six Word Novel”

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

By Rachel

Eagle-eyed six-word enthusiast John Perkins writes:

I came across these lines in Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central I Sat Down and Wept. It’s actually in the second novella, The Assumptions of Rogues & Rascals. Vintage, 1966, p. 175.

Do you insist on vulgar details? Mere gossip? Loathsome gluttony? Very well?

Chapter one: There were born.

Chapter two: They were bewildered.

Chapter three: They loved.

Chapter four: They suffered.

Chapter five: They were pacified.

Chapter six: They died.

Edited for six words:







Thanks John! Best collaboration with a dead Canadian poet I’ve ever read.

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