The Myth of Sisyphus, or: Full circle

An American sentence: I can't make peace with the irreparably broken within myself. 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… Continue reading The Myth of Sisyphus, or: Full circle

A stitch in time, or: At hand

An American sentence: One abstracted stitch in a children's comforter will unravel it. 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… Continue reading A stitch in time, or: At hand

Smooth, or: Bearded

An American sentence: I carefully trim my beard, recalling why Papa didn't want one. 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 Smooth, or: Bearded

Fine, or: Okay, fine!

An American sentence: The police surreptitiously concealed their car to catch jaywalkers. 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 Fine, or: Okay, fine!

Opening up, or: Book baby

An American sentence: She poured her deepest self into her book, hoping to help just one soul. 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.… Continue reading Opening up, or: Book baby

Café Gerbeaud, or: Starbucks

An American sentence: More than all else in Budapest, my daughter enjoyed Starbucks cookies. 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 Café Gerbeaud, or: Starbucks

This land, or: My

An American sentence: Two homeless men quarrel over territory before onlookers. 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 This land, or: My

Too young, or: Just old enough

An American sentence: Too young to feel so worn out, he had lived enough to recognize it. 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.… Continue reading Too young, or: Just old enough