QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Every period of darkness between one day
and the next--the time day of when no light
from the sun can be seen and most people
and animals sleep--she places the part
of the body she sees with in a state of touching
with the part of the body someone else
sees with, in an attractive manner that flows
clearly from the source. She does this with a group
of human beings gathered around a common
interest and settled in close proximity--
separated merely by the distance
of an upper human limb.
Directions for the "Definitional Lit" assignment: "Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough!"
Here's the sentence I chose:
From "Valerie Benoit-Charbonneau on Acting, Improvising and Eye Contact in 'Queen of the Night'," in the April 2, 2014 online edition of the WSJ.