An American sentence:
I’ve only found religion in parenthood and penning poetry.
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)
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!
35 thoughts on “Literature, or: Liturgy, or:”
Believe it or not, I published a poem using only American Sentences. It was a challenge to write, but the style guided my hand. Maybe you would like it?
I recently reposted it to my blog, so this works out.
I love it, W.! Well done!
American Sentences are fun for me – I came up with this American Paragraph concept, which you may enjoy:
Thank you! And wow. An American Paragraph is quite the challenge.
It was just a fun idea, like yours ❣️
That’s as good as any and most Nobel at that!
❤ Cindy ❤ – thank you!
of course and love back in spades 💖🙏