Israeli, and/or: American

Two American sentences:

  1. Born and bred in Israel, my daughter’s Hebrew sounds American.
  2. She speaks English fluently; but she’s never been to America.

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.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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28 thoughts on “Israeli, and/or: American”

  1. it reminded me of the Italian and Turkish workers Germany had in the 1970s – mostly the spoke the local lingo on a foundation of their own language via the accent.

  2. This is a conundrum. My niece and nephew were born and raised in Georgia but have midwestern accents instead of southern/Georgia ones. I do think it is dependent on the what the child hears in the home! My grandfather was bilingual – German and English and was so confused that he refused to speak until he was 5 years old. When he did was fluent in both languages but initially spoke with German accented English.

  3. Bring her! We got Willie Nelson, Wrigley Field and Disney on both BOTH coasts!!๐Ÿคฃ

    1. โค Veera โค ~ the largest population of Jews is in the world in Israel, but until relatively recently, the largest population of Jews in the world used to be in the USA, and it's still a very close second.

  4. hehe – there is one big haiku-like mental leap in there, assuming that what they speak in America is English ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคฉ

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