Delicious, or: Nutritious

An American sentence

Hints of spice add flavor to heaping spoonfuls of hearty, boring words.


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.

22 thoughts on “Delicious, or: Nutritious”

  1. Life is often served by the ladle full – and a little spice can certainly minimize the ho hum of living… I prefer a little sweetness to the hot spice.

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