Age, or: Refusal

An American sentence

My mind loves syllabifying my brain’s gripes about our late bedtime.

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.

13 thoughts on “Age, or: Refusal”

  1. I love writing late at night, when all the family is sleeping. But the next day, my brain and my body pay the price. I guess I’m getting old and I accept it. I admire your capacity of challenging yourself. Well done David! 👌🏻❤

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