Every weekend I participate in David Abrams’s “#SundaySentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

But there I was, a grown man, wondering what it was I could have, and what would forever be withheld.

Source: Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, “Control Negro” (in My Monticello: Fiction)

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