An American sentence:
Smothered in her younger years, she lived her adult life willy-nilly.
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.
Moonwashed weekly prompt
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!
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This made me laugh! I envisioned an adult “drowning” in a ball pit!
🖤🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻🖤 ~ heehee!
Ah, perfection, David! Superb take on the prompts and The American Sentence poetry form. 💖
💞🙏🏻 Eugi 🙏🏻💞 ~ thanks for the prompt!
💖David💖 and my pleasure.
Much to think about, David.
💟 🙏🏻 Nancy 🙏🏻 💟