The long, or: Short of it

An American sentence

My year of writing micropoems was long on far-out synonyms.

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.

9 thoughts on “The long, or: Short of it”

  1. But time is short completing challenges, need more time for shorter poems! Yep – I do think the short forms need more time for mental gymnastics…

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