RPDSociety / Fifty American Sentences

RPDSociety.com  is one of my favorite websites and a near-daily read for me.  On top of that, they are a great group of people.  I am very grateful to be featured on their tumblr blog today.  There are some kind words from the editor and new piece titled Fifty American Sentences (OR) 850 Syllables for America.  Check it out HERE.

…And right here:

850 Syllables for America

The ‘American Sentence’ is a succinct, seventeen syllable phrase created by Allen Ginsberg.
This is my exploration of the form.

Alabama
Catfish as big as coyotes rest beneath the fallen honey locust.

Alaska
Final frontier: an abandoned snow-covered bus; die in peace, alone.

Arizona
Sneaking her across the border, I knew our love would someday end in tears.

Arkansas
Oh Little Rock, oh, Little Rock, oh look what your statues have become.

California
Perfect life sucked ashore between waves, forgetting the truth of being.

Colorado
Go to school or the mall or see a movie instead, just don’t get shot.

Connecticut
Fuck your white picket fence, hedge fund, fake tits, private school and leased Lexus.

Delaware
Came to see the ocean shore but was content with the lack of taxes.

Florida
Some people retire to year-round sun/ some people eat human flesh.

Georgia
Stained glass visions decorate every untouched blade of fresh cut grass.

Hawaii
She moved slow motion beside the flame, sweat collecting in back dimples.

Idaho
Bighorn sheep eat slowly while rock-bottom souls leap into Hell’s Canyon.

Illinois
Dressed as a clown, managed a chicken shop and prepared to rape and kill.

Indiana
Red sky fades behind cornfields and candles burn inside unlocked doors.

Iowa
Pulled into the Winnebago factory, slept in the parking lot.

Kansas
Tapped old red sneakers together in a windstorm, waiting for magic to take me back home.

Kentucky
The horse snapped his leg in the third turn and the jockey deserved to die.

Louisiana
Stranded alone in the bayou; boots soaked, belly full of gator meat.

Maine
Crabs and lobsters wear skeletons like armor while humans hide in skin.

Maryland
Walked into the Black Hills Forest to find young Robin, ended up nude and disemboweled.

Massachusetts
Study hard to be a lawyer like daddy and own a yacht someday.

Michigan
Everything that was once something will someday become home to rats.

Minnesota
Been there and then forgot it…would rather die in my car than remain.

Mississippi
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I; the state that sings itself.

Missouri
Broke into the beer factory just to swim in the vats of bubbles.

Montana
Seen the mountains, seen the clouds; toothless girl sucked me off for fifty bucks.

Nebraska
Windmill fields churning in the distance, at night blinking red for airplanes.

Nevada
Bone-dry blackness in every direction, like drowning in the deep-sea.

New Hampshire
Spouts and tin buckets hang from trees to catch tears of fresh maple syrup.

New Jersey
Eight lane highways bordered by industrial buildings, choking the dead.

New Mexico
Woke up in the morning, hotel balcony was colder than expected, went back to sleep.

New York
People or trees; pick one and move on in silence through the lonely night.

North Carolina
Every store sells knives, but I like moms with tattoos, aged twenty-two.

North Dakota
Truck drivers sing to the radio and piss coffee stronger than battery acid.

Ohio
Thank you Jesus Christ for the emptiness of nothing, your trees hollow, your ponds similar.

Oklahoma
Expect a fistfight for wearing a fedora into the rest area.

Oregon
Forge the river, don’t be a coward; drown in trying, or remain, stuck.

Pennsylvania
Confederate flags on pickup trucks idle beside a broken bell.

Rhode Island
The schoolhouse did not have a basement, so ghosts resided among us.

South Carolina
Spring break: Bud Light, sex with strangers and waves washing away young footprints.

South Dakota
Faces on mountains protect hawks, conniving in shaded pines below.

Tennessee
Crosses alongside the road and heroin flowing down the river.

Texas
Ordered steak; they sent me out back with beer and a captive bolt pistol.

Utah
Clay soil eroded into monuments by wind, rain and borrowed time.

Vermont
The scaled beast comes above water after sundown to gaze at stars.

Virginia
For love I stabbed myself between ribs and heart, and lived to fuck again.

Washington
Someday I will scream to your waters, please provide my voice forgiveness.

West Virginia
Shotgun beneath the bed and revolver in the dresser, safeties off.

Wisconsin
Bought three pounds of expensive cheese and the mutt ate it while I got drunk.

Wyoming
Dude ranch down in the holler, pasture stretching beyond the horizon.

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