Errant hairs, or: Beard trimmer

An American sentence:

He trimmed his beard before and after rinsing off, pruning errant hairs.


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)

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16 thoughts on “Errant hairs, or: Beard trimmer”

  1. These errant strays
    Now pruned away
    Afterwards the look of
    “I see your face on every cold winter day?”

  2. Hehe! Both my sons are now fully bearded and though son#2 keeps his very neatly trimmed and shaped, son#1 is attempting the Musketeer look. The moustache is a bit wild unless he waxes it which he rarely does (due to having to wear a mask). There are times when he will have a long hair or two that wants to stick out at an odd angle making it very distracting when talking to him!

  3. I suck at poetry, but I’d be willing to give it a go haha…! ๐Ÿ˜€

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