Into that good night, or: Gentle

An American sentence:

I would dissolve into night’s muted darkness – then evanesce at dawn.

What’s an ‘American Sentence’?

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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!

30 thoughts on “Into that good night, or: Gentle”

  1. Hey David.. I’m doing a post on how to make a home and about page and want to use your visuals and refer them to some of our friends.. one of them being you. can you please send me that post and is it ok with you if I use it by copy and pasting?
    lmk ๐Ÿ™

  2. Liked the message. But I’m not convinced the “form” is essential or that it necessarily contributes to the whole. It’s your thought, your word use I find exceptional.

      1. I sense the American optimism, vestigially, at least, in dawn’s evanescence succeeding night’s mute darkness. But that’s me. And I’m only as American as the wretched refuse of teeming shore. : )

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