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 hunt, or: The soul sea

Poetry Partners #12 A poem by Selma Martin of 'Selma' A worthy cause, start the hunt for a calm place to inhabit merits more than trends to uphold untethered from modish habits But who, pray tell, marooned us here like beached whales needing assistance? How to find the point of return; woke to the sacred… Continue reading The hunt, or: The soul sea

Base stats, or: Experience points

An American sentence: If you reread this sentence, that will be another experience. 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 Base stats, or: Experience points

Tick, or: Tock

An American sentence: Does time spent on verse innately imbue it with properties of art? 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 Tick, or: Tock

Percentage, or: Interest

An American sentence: What percentage of words in any given sentence convey meaning? 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 Percentage, or: Interest

Doings, or: Beings

My 2nd waltmarie Comprised of 5 consecutive American sentences Creative self-expression injects fulfillment into mere being. Some philosophers reflect upon the attributes of the human. Maybe mankind is like every other species. Perhaps it is more. Are we not intended to be more humane and merciful than just? Seek balance between existing as a human… Continue reading Doings, or: Beings

In a forest, or: Essence

An American sentence: If a poem is never heard or seen by anyone, is it art? 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 In a forest, or: Essence

Tradition, or: Modernity

An American sentence Yesteryear's modernity is today's venerated tradition. 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… Continue reading Tradition, or: Modernity