An American sentence:
Many families are united by the efforts of one member.
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.
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27 thoughts on “Families, or: Efforts”
Thanks for enlightening me on this poetry form. I had not heard of it before! Here’s my first try at one:
My poems are an Ebenezer to remind me of the Divine.
Shavuah Tov, David.
😿 Dolly 😻
Isn’t that the truth! No matter the size of the family, it seems.
💛 Michele 💛
I hear you, David.
The best listener at the table leads the family’s conversatin. 🙂
💛 CES 💛 ~ indeed
My neighborhood is united by the efforts of one member (me)
❤ Leenda ❤ ~ they're lucky to have you…
I would like to be a paid “social butterfly” to get parties started!
I enjoy bringing new neighbors into the circle… keeps us social and safer!
Dude! I’ve never heard of these before. As someone who enjoys writing haiku I am absolutely ecstatic to add these to my repertoire. Thank you!!!
❤ Joe ❤ ~ I really love these too! I'm glad I've helped you discover them.
That is so true! The focal point. 🙂
❤ Terveen ❤
❤ Molly ❤
I know that pressure to be the uniting force. I also know that there are others who when the time comes will be willing to step up to take my place…
You’re very lucky, Muri ❤
Henry Wallace arrived in Chicago May of fifty-one.
My gosh David, I think you’ve really discovered something important!
A seventeen syllable sentence is truly perfect in its pace.
❤ Steven ❤ ~ It's a good thing you didn't included Henry Wallace's middle initial!
Ah yes! I can see this in my own family.
❤ Annette ❤ ~ me too
Such a burden, what a grateful relief.
Sometimes families need a bailout, it rings out for decades to come.
❤ Abi ❤ ~ sadly, sometimes there's no bailout coming…