An American sentence:
My writing process involves long stretches of my sitting motionless.
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 “Moved, or: Unmoving”
I love American Sentences and yours is great. ” sitting motionless” gives the way for great stillness and beautiful prose!
💛🙏🏻 Bridgette 🙏🏻💛 ~ thanks
Haha! This one made me smile, David! 🙂
💓🙏🏻 Cheryl 🙏🏻💓 ~ I’m glad!
Most of my writing involves thinking instead of doing!!
💖🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💖
…staring unfocused into space (K)
💟 🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻 💟 ~ yes!
🤍🙏🏻 Nicole 🙏🏻🤍
The motionless must be the contemplation phase. All I can think of is that let no fly lands on you (because you stay so still). 😁
💙🙏🏻 Cassa 🙏🏻💙 ~ hahaha 😆