The gushing rush of words

An American paragraph*

(an experimental form)

Tired to the point of his brain shutting down, he couldn’t focus at all. Poetry, it seemed, wouldn’t be forthcoming until he got some sleep. However, sleep was quite elusive these days, for he dreamed in verses. That was always agitating, causing him to clench his teeth at night. It never took long for the gushing rush of words to sweep over him… And his fingers would start typing out stanzas upon his comforter. Then, even asleep, his hands would feel around for a solid keyboard. Finding none, they would prop his torso up and flop his legs out of bed. Sometimes, he would awaken at midnight sitting at his computer. “Damn it all to hell,” thought the bard and poured himself another coffee.

*What’s an American paragraph?

This is something that I made up! It’s a paragraph comprised entirely 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.

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!

41 thoughts on “The gushing rush of words”

  1. Losing sleep can be terrible. I must say that I’ve slept through the most terrible of situations. I guess my zzzzzzzz’s are stubborn and demanding. 🙂

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