Human, or: Effervescence

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An American sentence in 10 words:

It’s cliché, but evil despots bring [human]’s meaning into question.

Another American sentence in 10 words:

The effervescence of Ukraine’s children has been flattened by missiles.

What’s an ‘American Sentence’?

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.

The requirements:

  1. Composed in one line;
  2. Syllabic, 17 syllables;
  3. Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
  4. Complete sentence or sentences;
  5. Includes a turn or enlightenment.


The above American Sentences were first written for two #10WordJournal Twitter prompts; the prompt words were: ‘Human’ and ‘Effervescence ‘. This prompt requires a response of exactly 10 words.

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