Essence, or: Nonsense

An American sentence

If you feel annoyed or amused at this sentence, it’s a good poem.

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.


Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the year for Jews) runs from sunset on Wednesday to sunset on Thursday this year. Therefore, I have scheduled this post in advance, as I will be offline for 25 hours until sunset on Thursday. I look forward to reconnecting with you soon!

13 thoughts on “Essence, or: Nonsense”

          1. People about on the streets in a leisurely way. Quieter. Perhaps it’s the contrast between the sudden influx of students (I live near many schools) earlier this week and then a day without the bustle of school activity. There is no remote option this year, so it’s a big change.

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