An American sentence:
What if a poet were to pen his every new verse as a jisei?
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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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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13 thoughts on “Every new, or: Last verse”
Maybe we should just strive to be more present–I think that’s a better way of acknowledging that tomorrow may not come. (K)
💞🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻💞 ~ awareness of mortality helps me with that
I’m not sure when I started just knowing that today could be all there is…maybe it shows up with the accumulation of years. (K)
That’s a provocative interrogative American Sentence. 🙂
💓🙏🏻 CES 🙏🏻💓 ~ haha! I see what you did there 😏
You *asked* for it. 🙂
Hopefully, they’d never meet their end. Nice one, David. 🙂
🤍🙏🏻 Terveen 🙏🏻🤍 ~ all things must…
With a wrap that is surreal
Not a word of a lie
The finality note affected me immensely
Crystal Clear cuts deeply.
🧡🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻🧡
That would be a long slow death…
💜🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💜 ~ I was thinking of it as treating every moment like it could be your last