My 1st American sentence
Unfolded haiku-paperclips pierce through pages without binding them.
What’s an ‘American Sentence’?
Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’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.
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- Includes a turn or enlightenment.
20 thoughts on “Still paperclips, or: Steel wires”
Cool metaphor re: the paperclip
😍 JYP 😍
💜 Darius 💜
I like this form You had me search for the word ‘idiosyncrasies’ though! Neat one!
💕 DD 💕
A wonderful ode to a paperclip. I like it a lot.
💝 Lauren 💝
I like this form! It is lovely what you’ve done with the paperclip… pierced yet not bound. Wonderful on several levels!
I like levels 😅
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I am a fan of Ginsberg and paperclips. 😆
😉 me too 😉
That’s neat! I didn’t know that. Your first American sentence is terrific ☺️
🤍 Thanks so much, Suzanne 🤍
Allen Ginsberg, my hero, thankyou David for this piece. Freedom from haiku! Your first American Sentence is masterly. Congratulations 🎉
❤ David ❤