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372 Years In the Making: A Haiga

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2 12.24.10

We have T-Shirts and Hoodies in men’s and women’s styles! Grab a logo T or hoodie for that perfect gift. The logo design is followed my haibun, Just Another Day! What prompted this? I recently ordered a T by Liberation Ink which featured a poem on the back of the shirt and thought, i can do this… so here it is!


Hortensia Anderson’s The Plenitude of Emptiness: Book Review

The Plentitude of Emptiness by Hortensia Anderson was a delight to read as is her website. The anthology comes directly from her website, The Plenitude of Emptiness, which she has routinely added haibun to since 2004, longer than i’ve even known about haibun.

This anthology of Hortensia’s work over the years includes 115 haibun. All of my favorites are there and it doesn’t disappoint.

Hortensia’s work is both subtle and profound, her voice unique. The introduction starts by saying, “If haibun didn’t exist, it is possible that Hortensia Anderson would have had to invent it.” I think this phrase aptly describes her work.

The anthology starts with Letter to a Kidney Donor’s Mother, and we are plunged into Hortensia’s world, not with the shock that a lesser poet would have used as vehicle, but with the compassion of someone who contains with in her the sensitivity of a great poet. She writes, “…and a sacred bond had been born between us…” And that’s exactly what you get from Hortensia, what all great anthologies give, a sacred bond between poem and reader.

In A Passing Storm, she describes the scene and compares it to the internal struggle, “…a golden calm — another quiet… one without waiting.”

As a writer and haibuneer, i was thrilled to see some experimentation in her work. In Haibun With Zip, she includes a Zip (a haiku analogue). And she admittedly is “breaking several rules of haibun” in it’s writing.

Some themes included in her compilation include her health struggles, her father’s passing, and the idea of her own passing.

Some of my favorites include Stroll; Water Stone, 1986; Basho’s Frog; Reaching Blue; Moon-Viewing Terrace; Tsukabai as indicated by the dog ears i’ve placed in this fine volume.

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Haibun #21: A Haibun

The flit of metallic

blue against strands of grass

moves too fast for the full

form of a dragonfly

to appear; only a shiny,

segment of abdomen

stands out.  The color of life

giving waters, I could get drunk

on you and paint the dull hallways

of Anchorage with your



snow sagging

Spruce trees and brush –

December remembrances

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1 12.22.10

New FB fan page for The Graphic Haibuneer And More News: This Just In

You may have noticed that i didn’t post a book review today. I actually spent most of the day up to my armpits in html/css/php/and any other abbreviations you can think of for stuff i don’t fully understand. But i have to admit, all my toiling has paid off. I now have a new FB fan page which you can “Like” to see exclusive content! “Like” The Graphic Haibuneer today and you’ll receive new content as well as automatic updates from the blog streamed to your fb page! 

In addition, i have a new newsletter with exclusive content. Just go to my fan page and scroll down to sign up for it!

No worries though, i will post a book review on Thursday on Hortensia Anderson’s haibun chapbook.

And if this isn’t enough good news, Cirque Journal goes live tonight at 10:30 with 2 of my poems. They will be my first 2 publications in print!

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How To Write a Haibun: Blog Blast

If your like me, it’s sometimes daunting to get started on a new form. I carried poetry books around for at least 8 years before i ever wrote my first poem (actually wrote 3). Another 2 years before I wrote more. I was scared to mar my great love. I didn’t yet subscribe to the school of thought where one doesn’t have to be “good” to participate. And hadn’t realized that even “bad” poetry is part of a process of artistic pursuit.

So here’s a quick how-to for haibun. 

1) To get started, do a free-write. Just pick any subject from your greatest disappointment to your favorite sox and start writing down any detail you can remember. Write quick and don’t let up till the buzzer chimes at 10, 15, or 20 minutes of writing. You will have so much material to work with.

2) Cut down to the essence. Ruthlessly cut out anything that doesn’t further your piece. Write toward concreteness and detail not abstraction. 

3) Decide at this point how many paragraphs you will break the piece into. The point of a haiku in haibun is to provide a turning of thought, a strong emotional response, an striking image that is not in flow with the main narrative. Put a paragraph break anywhere you’d like to place a haiku. And of course start a new paragraph anywhere you’d naturally do that.

4) Decide what you want to convey in your haiku(s) and write them.

5) Continue honing the prose of your haibun, refining, cutting, trading out abstract and replacing it with concreteness. 

And walah! You will have yourself a merry little haibun!

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2 12.20.10

Savvy Verse & Wit Poetry Challenge: This Just In

Savvy Verse & Wit is hosting a poetry challenge for 2011. All are invited to read a volume of poetry and review it. For the challenge, I’ve signed up for two reviews: The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry and Poetry Daily. The first review will be by the end of January and the second will most likely show up at the end of 2011. Join in on the fun and look for my reviews!

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1 12.20.10


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