12.9.2020 American Sentence

December 12, 2020

The end of 2020 (aside from spawning millions of “good riddance” celebrations) marks the completion of twenty years of daily practice of American Sentences. These (usually) 17 syllable poems, a form created by Allen Ginsberg, have been a lifeline for me. Having the discipline of writing one every day keeps my perception sharp as possible, connects me daily with composing and creates seeds for longer poems. I will be updating my book of American Sentences, published in 2015, as a second edition, with examples from twenty years of practice in 2021. Meanwhile, here is one from last week. Nothing special, but displays solidarity with folks who have had a hard time in 2020.


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