Haibun Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Welcome to Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday!

What exactly is Haibun?

Autobiographical poetic prose accompanied by haiku.

Bruce Ross

In his old age Basho, who may be credited with establishing the haiku form, undertook a long journey to the remote regions of northern Japan, fully expecting to die before completing it. He did complete the journey, and his record of it has become a classic of world literature and an example, in the broadest sense, of haibun, autobiographical poetic prose accompanied by haiku. 
Journey to the Interior, American Versions of Haibun, Edited by Bruce Ross

Writer’s guide…

Some things to keep in mind when writing haibun:

  • The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, and travel journal.
  • A haibun is a combination of prose and haiku.
  • The prose is brief and simple and usually written in the present tense.
  • The haiku should not attempt to repeat, quote, or explain the prose.
  • A haibun should be titled.

Online Resources:
Contemporary Haibun Online
Haiku Society of America
Haibun Today
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Poets.org – Closer Look at Writing Haibun

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry
* If you know of other online or paper resources, let us know!

Last Week’s Entries on a vacation
I absolutely adore reading about your days…thank you for sharing!
solitary 4 tomorrow – in dialogue – Small Travel 
Ron S. – Forgone Isolation
David [ben Alexander] – The wind, or: The waves
The Bag Lady – Haibun
Therapy Bits – Trip to cobh

Now over to you…

  • It’s nearly summertime here in Texas (North America) and heating up…which means either sandals or bare feet for me. Your prompt this week is to write about the season you are in and something you do during that season. Go where the prompt leads.

    Here are my thoughts on the prompt: A Pool of Grass
  • Post the poem to your blog by MAY 10, tag Go Dog Go Cafe, and include a link that leads readers back to this post.
  • Add the link for your poem in the comments below.
  • Read one or two of other writer’s links…we all get better together. 


Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing at the DJ Ranch, doodling, taking pictures, and traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and exploring life together, and would love to get to know you. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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