An American sentence
My declining readership is reading more of my posts than ever.
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.
26 thoughts on “Readers, or: Reading”
You’re on a roll!💖💖
🧻 like this? 🧻
For sure.. I wouldn’t have commented if I didn’t but now I forget what the poem was.. 🤣❤️❤️❤️
“My declining readership is reading more of my posts than ever.” One possible explanation is increased quality of your readership.
definitely, but why? why would fewer people come to my blog in August than July?
I mean – my total views increased, my comments section is usually full and engaging (which I am super happy about)… but less people are reading my blog…
That is the conundrum – fewer eyes but a much greater appetite!
I’m just curious as to why, honestly. It was unexpected to me.
How can I say everything I want to say in seventeen syllables? Duh! 😀
(hope my maths is right) 😂
It’s easier to write it so you can erase extra syllables. 😉
That’s what I did, but then had to add the ‘duh’ on to make it up to 17. Lol Good fun. 🙂
Grey strands of hair highlight the remaining of my thick and growing mane.
“the remaining” are likely unnecessary words.
For reasons unknown, my few remaining black hairs turn white – never gray.
My grandmother once snuck sausage into the vegetarian soup.
There are those who cannot wrap their minds around vegetarianism.
Wait until they hear about veganism; they’ll surely lose their minds.
😂 Jackie 😂
When you learn how to write an American Sentence, you cannot stop.
You must resist its powerful pull, else you may write a paragraph!
Incredible. A new task, as well. You inspire me to try out these forms.
I’ve been on this poetry journey for about a year-and-a-half now… it’s so so so much fun 😀
P.S. There are lots of website with different forms of poetry that are readily findable via Google… there are hundreds or forms!
Your poetry enlightens readers and opens them up to new worlds.
that’s very sweet of you to say, Lauren.
thank you ❤
It is the truth in 17 syllables.
Truth or not, you have a very kind heart. Thanks for all of your support. (17)
Thank you for the wonderful gift of poetry that you share with us. (17)