2012 American Sentences (so far)

February 18, 2012
Splabman

So, I found my pocket journal that went from October 13, 2011 to January 17, 2012. It was a scary moment when I couldn’t find it for various reasons. I do not want to think about how a lost journal would have imperiled the early harvest of American Sentences. (Not sure what American Sentences are? Look here.) But I DID find it and here are a few American Sentences to whet yr appetite, but all the best from 2012 are here, except for the really nasty ones I’d read only at a Dark Coast Press event should they ever ask me back.

1.13.12 – Useless! Useless! – flossing in the mid-day, eating popcorn at night.
1.15.12 – “I’m open-minded but I get nervous when Christians get out guitars.
1.16.12 – Fat-ass snowman @ 31st & McClellan just waiting for rain.
1.20.12 – How different the seagull looks flying above Friday snow.
1.25.12 – May not be much of a January sun but it’s aimed right at me.
1.28.12 – In the dream dancing to Eton Rifles, then vacuuming sawdust.

A.G.

& I am having an unofficial contest. Whoever writes the best American Sentence and posts it below in the comments section by the end of February, I’ll buy you a matcha, or the drink of your choice, at Healeo at 15th & Madison.

A bonus muffin if you can riff off of Allen G or Jack K as I did above. Do you know which one?

Good luck.

13 Comments

  1. Chris Clarke

    2.04.12 – “There’s a circus on your face! I know, it’s Elton John – the early years.”

    Reply
    • Splabman

      Chris, this is the leader in the clubhouse. Where’d you see the contest posted? Keep it up and check back to see if yours remains on top. Paul

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    • Splabman

      Chris, you win. Call or email to set up your matcha appointment: 206.422.5002.

      Congratulations,

      Paul Nelson
      pen@splab.org

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      • Chris Clarke

        Hey, that’s great! I’m looking forward to the matcha – I’ll call or mail. Thanks Paul! Chris

        Reply
  2. Chris Clarke

    Hi Paul – I saw a link on Facebook to a recent article you wrote about American Sentences, so I checked out more on your website! I really like the form – I have a notebook of “overheard” phrases that I may adapt. Thank you! Chris

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    • Splabman

      Outstanding. Good luck with it. Paul

      Reply
  3. Chris Clarke

    Thanks. Here’s another:

    2.14.12 – He said: “Love is a mental illness.” She said: “then I’m bat-shit crazy.”

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    • Splabman

      I like your first one better. Phenomenology. It creates a more vivid mental picture, one of the keys to successful poetry: “phanopoeia.”

      Paul

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  4. Chris Clarke

    Thank you – that’s a good point to keep in mind. I’ll keep at it! Chris

    Reply
  5. Michelle Berry

    My first attempt at the American Sentence:

    He looked so good in black, and I’m always looking for a good grief-fuck.

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    • Splabman

      Good-grief fuck Charlie Brown.

      Reply
  6. Nashira Priester

    A slim whistle-blower standing near the water cooler slipped her hip as the bullet’s swoosh-whiz cleared her shoulder, a soft exhaling breath of death.

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    • Splabman

      Nashira, so good to se you check in. While I am not a stickler when it comes to form, you have enough syllables for 2 sentences. Love the imagery and music, the invention of “swoosh-whiz.” See what you can do about making it two solid sentences. Good to see you & Priester at TRR. Paul

      Reply

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