Still paperclips, or: Steel wires

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 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.

20 thoughts on “Still paperclips, or: Steel wires”

  1. Allen Ginsberg, my hero, thankyou David for this piece. Freedom from haiku! Your first American Sentence is masterly. Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰

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