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The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« on: January 09, 2014, 03:13:55 PM »
    The American Sentence Thread
    American Haiku / Kerouac


This thread is intended as a place to explore The American Sentence, American Haiku, Kerouac Shorts, etc., as poetry forms, either for their inherent artistic merit, or as a ways to sharpen linguistic skills. Or just for the fun of it, or for reasons you choose not to share.  Post, comment, read, think, ignore. [much like the crappy poem thread?]

Allen Ginsberg believed that the Japanese haiku form of poetry was singularly designed for the Japanese language.  As utilized in English, the form traditionally requires lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.  Ginsberg thought the consequence was syllable counting rather than poetry writing. His view was that eliminating the lines, the 5-7-5, created a form more naturally fitted to the cadences and constructs of English, and opened rather than closed the opportunities to maximize our language.   The touchstone for Ginsberg for the American Sentence is a poem in seventeen syllables - one sentence. 

Jack Kerouac said donít count syllables, but make a short, three line poem, ďsimple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella."

There is a wealth of info to be found by google. See  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJdxJ5llh5A

I salvage and import (steal and republish) these American Sentences from a prior thread:

   Three hundred Facebook friends, but only a table for one every night.  - Heidi52

   When poetry explores the psyche, the tingles linger long after. - 510bhan

   Dutch beer, Polish donuts, French wine, Greek dip. Welcome to America. - Chizzy

[These are very good. 8)]


 

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 03:21:47 PM »
War leeches don't suck on blood but gold, oil and hope.

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 03:23:02 PM »
Excellent ;D

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 03:23:56 PM »
Blue rabbits, eggs, Christ rising, you donít want twelve nights for this holiday?

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014, 03:31:38 PM »

I am frickin' useless at looking for syllables on my fingers

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2014, 03:36:15 PM »
 :)

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2014, 03:37:09 PM »

Tears join too soon, I wonder who that cough in the distance means to take?

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014, 03:58:02 PM »
Scream . . . racked limbs, rasped breath, mercy pled and denied, creaaaak.

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2014, 04:03:11 PM »
Geez, Sio, that's a NOVEL in seventeen syllables 8) 8)

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2014, 04:04:53 PM »
I see a flash in smoke above that fire like a friend who slit my eyes.

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 04:11:49 PM »
 :D

Stone-poised, for questions posed, only blood can answer.

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2014, 04:18:11 PM »
CHERRY BLOSSOM COLLECTION:

Soundless, layers branch petal white, excitement creeps in nervous synapse.

Sweet enough to eat, fondant coloured boulevards, blossom drifts like snow.

Natureís street theatre, petal artists pantomime, silent fall in Spring.

Flowers flounce display, sway thoughts, distract revision -- first exam in May.

Cherry buds blossom fuchsia hot, magnolia cool pinks hint hidden depths.




« Last Edit: January 09, 2014, 04:21:46 PM by 510bhan »

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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2014, 04:25:14 PM »
Wow. I'm speechless -- some of these are just incredible.  8)
You are a factory!!

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2014, 04:27:02 PM »
Are you unbundling haiku?

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Re: The American Sentence / American Haiku / Kerouac
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2014, 04:35:59 PM »
Hey, my haiku folder is sacrosanct -- no one unbundles it! :o