Readers, or: Reading

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.

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 “Readers, or: Reading”

    1. 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…

  1. How can I say everything I want to say in seventeen syllables? Duh! 😀

    (hope my maths is right) 😂

      1. That’s what I did, but then had to add the ‘duh’ on to make it up to 17. Lol Good fun. 🙂

    1. I’ve been on this poetry journey for about a year-and-a-half now… it’s so so so much fun 😀

      ❤
      David

      P.S. There are lots of website with different forms of poetry that are readily findable via Google… there are hundreds or forms!

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