Old school, or: New school

An American sentence

Sporting colorful school t-shirts, kids strut Jerusalem’s winding streets.


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.

20 thoughts on “Old school, or: New school”

      1. Don’t worry, that’s not a medical condition. I think the only way forward for you is to keep reading Ginsberg—and if you decide you like your b0xx3rs being r0xxer3d, so much the better. Either way, this issue should get s0rt3d out quickly. 🙃🥴😂

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