A majority, or: Not likely

An American sentence:

How many find their true talents and employ them to their fulfillment?


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.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

26 thoughts on “A majority, or: Not likely”

    1. Kunjal ~ and the thing is – how does one ever know that he/she found them? like – let’s say you’re really good at something… what if there’s something else that you’d be even better at?

      ❀
      David

  1. I think we all have a true talent. Sadly, the other part of the equation is often lacking . . . motivation.

    1. That’s true – motivation is a huge factor. But I also wonder if sometimes people don’t discover their true talents by virtue of the limitations inherent in the circumstances of their lives…

      1. That’s an excellent question David! I guess some dreams are almost universal and live through the centuries. They are part of Humanity’s ADN. When it comes to the personal ones, I think dreams embrace our true talents, as well as, those we wish we had. Some people take the step and they accomplish what others considered impossible. Sometimes, we should listen to our inner voice without paying attention to others. And suddenly, dreams come true.

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