Leotard, or: Pants

An American sentence:

Unversed in girls’ clothes, I pulled the leotard over my daughter’s pants.


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.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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31 thoughts on “Leotard, or: Pants”

      1. what would be really bad if the other parents poked fun at you or the other kids at your daughter. That would require assertive action, like buy them all an ice cream and let them their story each what was the stupidest thing they’d ever don. ๐Ÿ™‚ ha

          1. I love the story where pl passes a pharmacy with a note in the window saying ‘do you suffer from freckles?’ – so she goes in and says NO to the shop assistant ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. ๐Ÿ˜‚,
    Don’t tell me that
    I don’t believe you are unversed in all issues when it comes to clothing.
    But i do have understanding for the writerโ€™s thrill to write something like this.

    1. โค ๐Ÿ˜€ Abi ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

      This is a true story! In my defense, The pants were very thin, and I thought they were supposed to be like tights. But I only really realized my mistake when we arrived at the gymnastics class and the other girls were dressed correctly.

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