The American Poem

SusanWritesPrecise/Susan Marie Shuman

How can one sentence be a poem? Can it? If you’re new to the form, there’s a ton of information online including here.
Allen Ginsberg visualized 17 syllables in one straight line encapsulating the ‘shadow of the moment’. This is an interesting ask. Also, without the constraints of haiku, the form paints more modern images in an everyday context-observations of life as it passes, reflecting the crude, raw face of reality.


  1. imagine a universe free of all punctuation; period.
SusanWritesPrecise/ Susan Marie Shuman









  1. Seizing the moment is useless; time passes no matter how tight your grip.


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