An American sentence:
Are American paragraphs made of American sentences?
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.
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- 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)
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19 thoughts on “Sentences, or: Paragraphs”
Go for it, David. You are a capable and talented poet. 🙂
❤ you're very kind, Terveen ❤
I want to write with you , David.
❤ ❤ Yassy ❤ ❤ – I'm all for it! It would be my honor.
I checked it out. Your post , I mean. So I will submit.
Oh thanks 🙏🏼
Perhaps you can invent it as a form. Try one! (K)
I’m planning on it 🙂 ❤
I look forward to it.
Goff and I came up with Emojiku.. don’t steal it but you can make a poem on it … lol 🤣
how does it work?
to be clear he “coined the name” but I get credit.. lol… He thought emojis were tpp hard to use and wasn’t a fan but now he often sends them and we’ve done a few back and forth.
Basically, pick an emoji and a saying at the beginning of each line… I actually think you did one..
🙏 Thankful for blessings
💃 Abun-dance and Gratitude
👨👨👧👦👩👩👧👧👨❤️💋👨. For one and for all
Yes sirree Bob. And must have American spelling. There are no recogisable colours in an American sentence. 😉
Oh dear. “recognisable” that wasn’t even British spelling.
I missed the “n”
oh wow – I didn’t even notice that!
💖 Worms 💖 – that’s the easiest aspect for me