A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg

Inspired by the Japanese haiku, Ginsberg created the “American Sentence,” a single sentence consisting of seventeen syllables.

The globe is a compass impaled by its needle and drawn towards Hell.

China might seem vast, but its essence resides on an island, exiled.

The rampikes were green before they were bloodied and broken beneath snow.

If blood can save us, then why are we not saved with so much being spilt?

A sharp resolve uncovers the layers of stories and human skin.

I swallow chocolate-coated insects and vomit to make room for more.

A dime’s obverse shows the same value today as back in 1910.

After the explosion, we found blood on the cross, but it wasn’t Christ’s.


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