Thursday, March 31, 2011

In Honor of NaPoWriMo: American Sentences

Allen Ginsberg invented a form of poetry he called "American Sentences." An American Sentence may only be 17 syllables. No more, no less.  Here are some examples by Ginsberg:

Four skinheads stand in the streetlight rain chatting under an umbrella. - 1987

Bearded robots drink from Uranium coffee cups on Saturn's rings. - May 1990

Crescent moon, girls chatter at twilight on the bus ride to Ankara. - June 1990

and my favorite!

Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead. - August 1990

So in honor of Allen and NaPoWriMo, I've written two American Sentences:

1. If everyone loved poetry then all the world around us would rhyme.

2. If everyone loved poetry we'd fight wars over meter, not God.

Thanks for reading!


1 comment:

  1. Hi

    Thanks for sharing this, now that i know what an American Sentence is, i will try to write one. :)

    your 2nd example was just terrific, great stuff!