It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey

An American sentence:

Baby poets constantly put forms in their mouths to learn about them.


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.

28 thoughts on “It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey”

      1. Anything a baby puts into its mouth is a dummy, babies are essentially dumb,not stupid,dumb.

        Words are dummies to babies,babies are dumb until the words take flight.

        Poets are like babies, all tongue tied and full of verbosity,incoherently gooing, dumb, until enlightenment spouts the Sensible waterfall.

  1. It all sounds interesing to me
    The pure form
    Haiku
    Japanese
    Must read more about the American way, 17 syllables..
    Instead of the 5 7 5… i like how those numbers rhyme, nice to know that there is another way.

  2. Wow, I’ve never heard of this, and I love it~ a one-line structure does seem to suit the English language much better than the traditional haiku form. I wonder why? Maybe because not everything can be perfectly translated from language to language …

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