Toomer, “Cane”: Format

“(The sun is hammered to a band of gold…. The Dixie Pike has grown from a goat path in Africa.


Foxie, the bitch, slicks back her ears and barks at the rising moon.)”

Toomer, Jean. Cane. New York, Liverwright, 1923. 

The structure of this paragraph is odd. The word “night” is italicized and is printed to the far right of the page, interrupting the thought that is written in parentheses.