An American sentence:
Traffic thins out throughout Jerusalem on Fridays before Shabbat.
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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38 thoughts on “Before, or: After Sundown on Friday”
But of course.
🕯🕯 Dolly 🍷🥖🥖
Beautiful photo of Jerusalem. Love your poetry prompts and partnerships, but I think my poetic muse has left the building.
Maybe it’s on sabbatical? 😉
😁Could be. She didn’t even say goodbye or so long.
ungrateful wretch! 😉
LOL. Perhaps she said the same about me? 🤣
Also I read that as “wench” initially. 😂
(I just today taught my daughter the word ‘wench’!)
Did she hear it in a movie?
no – in this book:
Got great reviews.
It was a childhood favorite of mine!
It’s all so quiet. 🙏🏻💙
💗🙏🏻 Filipa 🙏🏻💗
Shabbat shalom David.
Shabbat just ended ❤️
Now we say: Shavua Tov, which means: Good week 😀 ❤️
Oh, sorry for my mistake. In that case, Shavua Tov David.
❤ ❤ ❤ oh, no problem, Filipa –
I just thought you would like to know because you're curious about other cultures!
Absolutely David! You know me well! I’ve told that I really hope one day I could visit your country.
coffee will be on me!
I’ll bring you a bottle of French wine!
😋 Filipa 😋
A whole nation in one accord
💛🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💛 ~ yup
Shavua Tov 💛🙏🏼
you too, Abi 😀
Thank you 💛 😊
A way of life and being obedient to God.
💚🙏🏻 Cassa 🙏🏻💚
Cool! Have you ever heard of a monoku? Sounds like that same thing.
interesting, Jason! ❤
I think there may be two differences –
1) the monoku can be less than 17 syllables
2) the monoku doesn't have to follow English rules of grammar
What do you think?
Yeah that makes sense
Gorgeous.. the best time to visit .. love the architecture of the walls David!💞
🤍🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻🤍