Wednesday, February 11, 2009


tinynotebook: The American Sentence: A Ginsberg Creation

Over at tinynotebook, I am inviting readers to create and post their own American Sentences.

From the blog:
    The American Sentence is a horizontal haiku. A true haiku, written in 17 Japanese characters, reads vertically down the page. An American Sentence reads horizontally across the page in 17 syllables. Despite a break in directional deference, Ginsberg wanted the tone of the American Sentence to mimic a haiku. He used them as a tool to record life around him, simply, quickly and naked.
    "Four skinheads stand in the streetlight rain chatting under an umbrella." Allen Ginsberg, 1987

    "Rainy night on Union square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till
    I'm dead." Allen Ginsberg, 1990
With this odd mix of weather expected, the atmosphere should be ripe for 17 syllable looks at your world. Head over to tinynotebook to read examples and post yours. Or post it here.

4 comments:

Aaron said...

In the winter warmth, runners replaced huddled smokers on the stark streets.

David said...

My Nikon takes a picture of a man with a monkey on his head.

David said...

Winter is waning in Michigan: Roadside glaciers make their retreat.http://photoaup.smugmug.com/photos/476100211_hCPoV-S-0.jpg

Aaron said...

Seriously, that photo is kind of gross but a part of science.

And now:
Throwing a string of explitives, the man dashed out over fried chicken.

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