Insight, or: Brevity

An American sentence: Our deepest insights are best expressed with brevity. Truths need few words. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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 Insight, or: Brevity

Helpless, and/or: Intimate

An American sentence: I'm having an intimate encounter with your brain through your eyeballs. Another American sentence: Your brain is helpless to my words' advances. Imagine a green cow. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the… Continue reading Helpless, and/or: Intimate

With, or: Without language

An American sentence: We can think without language, but language lets us know we are thinking. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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 With, or: Without language

No good response to ‘faith’ poetry

Poetry Partners Writing creatively online is lovely, an entirely different experience than writing privately for one's self. There is, of course, the encouraging and helpful feedback we receive from fellow writers online, as well as the inspiration and exposure to new concepts we derive from reading their works. These are priceless. Beyond these benefits, I… Continue reading No good response to ‘faith’ poetry

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

Sentences, or: Paragraphs

An American sentence: Are American paragraphs made of American sentences? What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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… Continue reading Sentences, or: Paragraphs

Sugar, or: Cream

A Cleave poem I dissolve like instant coffee and artificial sweetener in boiling water tasting almost natural but not really because it becomes me, infuses my neurons even as I recline backwards with greater force than caffeine upon my spinal cord ever did pensively, even more so than when I drink Black Label Brewed Coffee… Continue reading Sugar, or: Cream