Israel, or: Diaspora

An American sentence

Born in Israel, my sentence to America was commuted.


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.

P.S.

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!

8 thoughts on “Israel, or: Diaspora”

  1. Clever word play! And we all often are sentenced to life based on location of birth. Is there a Divine plan that put me in the USA and some other soul in Egypt or France?? What is the rhyme and reason??

  2. I like the play on American Sentence. I myself am sentenced here for life, never knowing if somewhere else would be a better fit. I OK with it though. (K)

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