Slushy, or: Smoothie

An American sentence: Caked in uncommon, slushy snow, Jerusalem's worth photographing. 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… Continue reading Slushy, or: Smoothie

Synagogue services, or: Staying home

An American sentence: Synagogue services make me out a liar, as does staying home. 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… Continue reading Synagogue services, or: Staying home

Sometimes, or: Very rarely

An American sentence: Sometimes I'm not inclined to verse but find myself counting syllables. 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… Continue reading Sometimes, or: Very rarely

Literature, or: Liturgy, or:

An American sentence: I've only found religion in parenthood and penning poetry. 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… Continue reading Literature, or: Liturgy, or:

Whether, or: Not

Four American sentences: I wonder what, if anything, will still exist after I am gone. I wonder what, if anything, exists while I sit here typing this. I wonder whether or not I am actually composing this.I wonder whether or not you're actually reading this sentence. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the… Continue reading Whether, or: Not

The modern poet, or: Slave

An American sentence: Busy blogging, I must not forget to post poems on Twitter too. 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… Continue reading The modern poet, or: Slave

Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

An American sentence: Unlike Santa Claus, Ded Moroz wears outfits of various colors. Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) Santa Claus and Ded Moroz have several superficial similarities: they’re old white men with long white beards, wearing heavy coats with white trim, giving out presents to the good little children... Nonetheless, Ded Moroz has a few distinctly… Continue reading Ded Moroz, or: Santa Claus

Servants, or: Masters

An American sentence: With true poets, it's hard to know whether words are servants or masters. 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… Continue reading Servants, or: Masters