An American Sentence
The road’s yellow line turned wobbly, then smacked my cheek and cracked my glasses.
(Kudos to David [ben Alexander] at The Skeptic’s Kaddish for highlighting the American Sentence and Allen Ginsberg’s approach. As crisply defined in his post:
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- Includes a turn or enlightenment.”
((I especially like the inclusion of a “turn,” a concept that Ginsberg’s contemporary Charles Olson constantly identified as the third in his poetic triad typos, topos, tropos.)) )
5 thoughts on “About that Night”
Hadn’t come across this haiku variation before – wonderful!
I had forgotten about it till David’s post reminded me.
Blogosphere links rekindling memories – such digital happenstance!
This is one of the better American Sentences I’ve read, Richard <3
Very kind if you David. Much appreciated.