Poet, or: Daddy

An American sentence

Better poet than father, deftly, I articulate my self-doubt.


What’s an ‘American Sentence’?

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.

The requirements:

  1. Composed in one line;
  2. Syllabic, 17 syllables;
  3. Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
  4. Complete sentence or sentences;
  5. Includes a turn or enlightenment.

26 thoughts on “Poet, or: Daddy”

      1. Oh, I take my hat (together with the wig) off to Allen Ginsberg first, and then to the American Sentence. That was a tongue-in-cheek remark, mainly to pull David’s tail.

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