Author Archives: Brentley

Beyond Is: Creative Writing with English Prime Research Paper at Journal of Poetics Research

A brief history of a prescriptive English language discipline known as English Prime (E-Prime), a method of writing without use of the copula (the verb to be). Writing in E-Prime requires the author to expose the agent of a sentence and therefore lends itself favourably to other techniques of mimetic storytelling. An examination of my experiments using this constraint for creative writing demonstrates that utilising E-Prime enhances vernacular authenticity, improves clarity, readability and the quality of immersion in a text. The E-Prime constraint offers access to dynamics of language ordinarily subliminal. The little word ‘is’ has its tragedies; it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger. – George Santayana (1955: 71)

English Prime (E-Prime): Writing/speaking in the English language without the copula, i.e. excluding tenses of the verb to be (are, am, is, was, were, be, been and being) and / or their contractions. (Bourland 1989: 203)

Full paper online at Journal of Poetics Research

Bareknuckle Poet Anthology Vol.2 Launch at Brisbane Writers Festival

Bareknuckle Poet Anthology Vol.2 launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival September 09. This is the second volume I have edited for Bareknuckle Books and it contains some of the best writing you’ll read, ever. I’m not kidding. Get yourself a copy

More pics from the launch

A new poem in Broadsheet 18 November 2016


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