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

If a cat spoke, or: If a monkey typed

An American sentence: If a cat spoke, it would say things like, 'Hey, I don't see the problem here.'-Roy Blount Jr. (b. 1941) Some further American sentences: Unknowingly, Blount constructed a funny 'American Sentence'.Need 'American Sentences' not be composed deliberately?A monkey could also produce an 'American Sentence' by chance.I'm not comparing Blount to a monkey.… Continue reading If a cat spoke, or: If a monkey typed

A majority, or: Not likely

An American sentence: How many find their true talents and employ them to their fulfillment? 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 A majority, or: Not likely

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

Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…

An American sentence: Could written lines match the force of the most emotively spoken words? 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 Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…