An American sentence:
Look, Friend. We both know these words aren’t poetic in the slightest bit.
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.
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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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10 thoughts on “That’s how eye-roll, or: I roll”
But they do make us think more about how we put together our words. (K)
Darn! You got me, Kerfe ❤
That’s a nice play of words David!
Well yes. Different strokes, different folks.
And somehow, they miraculously become an American sentence? 🙂
totally by accident! 😉
I do hope my American sentences come out like that 😀
And btw, here’s my entry for yesterday’s prompt (I turned it in late 😬)
😉 Veera 😉