Haibun Wednesday, June 29, 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!

6/15 Entries on Time
So many of you have a quandary or two to debate this week...
The Bag Lady – Time
David [ben Alexander] – June, or: Jeune
A Big Fat Can of Worms – Eleven Years
Jewish Young Professional – Volatility
Bilocalalia – Time Slips
Misky – A Time for Dreaming

6/22 Entries on Lessons Learning/Learned
Many “been there done that” chuckles this week...
Ron. Lavalette – Now Fixes Then
Ecopoet – The Stage
Jodie – A Spark of Fire
The Bag Lady – Haibun
David [ben Alexander] – Ablaze in embarrassment, or: Lesson learned
Paula Light – Lessons from the Cat

Now over to you…

  • Let’s go with one of the five senses this week; sight, sound, smell, taste, and/or touch.

    Here are my thoughts on the prompt (and one of my all-time favorite scents): Petrichor
  • Post the poem to your blog by JULY 5, 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 💙

7 thoughts on “Haibun Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  1. Reblogged this on Ivor.Plumber/Poet and commented:

    Hello readers and followers, you are most welcome to participate in our new format from “Go Dog Go Cafe”, which is being organised by Donna Matthews, an interesting format of writing a “Haibun”, so read all about how to write a Haibun, and you are all welcome to join us at Go Dog Go Cafe, and post your articles here on “Haibun Wednesdays” …by clicking on the link at the bottom of this article >>
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