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An American sentence:

A fearful young wife removes her sim card before fleeing to her friends.


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!

22 thoughts on “Subscriber Identity Module, or: No Caller ID”

  1. She ghosts fear
    Sinner on her sim
    Unfriends him
    Friendly bird
    Female black raven
    Poe-etic
    What is the spiritual meaning of a raven?
    “To many, ravens symbolize death or bad fortune to come, but to others they symbolize rebirth and starting anew, serving as a positive sign,” says Dr. Kim. In Norse, Celtic, and Druid mythology, crows and ravens are widely viewed as beacons of intelligence. May 31, 2022 https://www.wellandgood.com/crow-raven-meaning/

  2. Wow. There’s still much to unpack here, and I can see the young woman so vividly, and the fear on her face too.

    1. Brilliant David! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ Lot to be gleamed from that 1 sentence! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ Cutting ties with her husband and getting out of there fast to the safety of her friends!

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