An American sentence:
The cancer patient’s developed an allergy to blood transfusions.
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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22 thoughts on “Urticaria, or: A thousand cuts”
That’s very unfortunate 😔
💚😓 Cassa 😓💚 ~ it’s truly awful
Not an uncommon occurrence!
🧡😥 Muri 😥🧡
That’s so terrible….
🤍🙏🏻 Terveen 🙏🏻🤍 ~ yes, it is.
The cruelest of ironies! ❤︎
💔🙏🏻 Nancy 🙏🏻💔 ~ yes…
🤍🙏🏻 Jude 🙏🏻🤍 ~ thanks!
yes, so true
🖤🙏🏻 Beth 🙏🏻🖤 ~ yep.
Leukemia cannot be treated with blood transfusion.
In other forms it could be Urticaria
They’re not treating the cancer itself with blood transfusions ~ they’re treating dangerously low iron levels caused by the cancer… 😦
And so the patients have reacted negatively to the treatment?
yes, but it’s one patient, not multiple patients
is short for the word ‘has’
for example in this sentence:
“David’s written a lot of poems.”
Ah, thank you, I get it.
Thank you for the ‘American Sentence’ I am still learning new things after all these (many) years. Creativity is all. G:)
🙂 Graeme 🙂
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Thank you, David. I shall take a looksee – currently posting the life out of day 1 of NaPoWriMo G:)
Have a great evening / day / night (not necessarily in that order) G:)
You too, Graeme! Enjoy 😉