An American sentence:
In Japanese haiku, words form breaks between images, not commas.
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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15 thoughts on “Comma, or: Kireji”
Very well expressed.
🧡🙏🏻 Dolly 🙏🏻🧡 ~ thanks!
My pleasure, David.
I read Ginsberg years ago, never really got into him. I preferred Snyder from that bunch. However, reading your posts makes me reconsider my position. Thank you for sharing this information.
💛🙏🏻 Mangus 🙏🏻💛 ~ thanks, friend; that’s kind of you
Fabulous! And, so true!
🖤🙏🏻 Suzette 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thanks!
Yes, they say the comma slows 🐌 🙄 the eyes
💕🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💕 ~ yep!
💕💕, with some lovely word sounds
Sigh, waiting in the ER is a bitch especially without answers <— my night thus far written in American Sentence style 😑
💔🙏🏻 Matt 🙏🏻💔 ~ I’m so sorry 😞
Life is a bit better now David, thanks for the words 👍
means the world
💗🙏🏻 Barbara 🙏🏻💗