American Sentences


The American Sentence is a poetic form created by the late Allen Ginsberg. According to the American Sentences website, they are “haiku-length poems that Allen suggested be limited to 17 syllables, like haiku in Japanese and like the Heart Sutra in Buddhism”.



When dogs of war bark and snarl, freedom and truth are mercilessly savaged.   



Anxiety and neurosis rule my life; peace is the anomaly.



This darkness on my shoulders is more cumbrous than many large millstones. 



Birthday cake candles and grey hairs are the timeline markers of my life. 



Black cockatoos screech their weather forcast of refreshing summer rains.



My full heart speaks, yet my apologies always seem to ring hollow.   


 (c) Bev 2008