Safety, or: False comfort

An American sentence:

This Passover, we’ll toast freedom in safety while Russia bombs Ukraine.

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!

20 thoughts on “Safety, or: False comfort”

  1. Where are you toasting dear Poet.
    Praying for world peace has become a dream. We can almost say for sure when one ends there comes another and trust we are on safer shores.
    All we can do is carry the bombarded across the planet, in our hearts.
    Blessed passover.

      1. Many families gathered last night. It was wonderful to receive the news.

        I trust you had a glorious dinner Davidโ™ฅโ™ฅ

  2. God bless the Rev. Ioann Burdin, rector of Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Church, who unlike the Russian Orthodox hierarchy has spoken out against the war.

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