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Prompt #96 Haibun party fun

March 1, 2012


Haibun party fun!

a community poem prompt

We Write Poems:
Ready for a dish of prose with a taste of haiku on the side?  That’s the receipe for an old poetic form, a Haibun, suggested this week by Nan P. for us to explore!

Haibun is a composition that combines a paragraph of prose in tangential or oblique relationship with a haiku poem.  The prose text may briefly describe a journey, landscape, special moment or short story, or as you select for a topic.  The prose style should be concise, direct, without wasteful or irrelevant words.  (That’s not a bad idea any day but is especially important for the relationship created by the haibun.)  Following the prose paragraph write a haiku that is cousin to the prose, yet at its most interesting, not obvious or literal, perhaps ambiguous or cryptic in relationship.  The haiku thus might offer a different, even unexpected, view and meaning drawn upon the “scene” made by the prose.  (The haiku may even proceed the prose, but usually follows. It’s not a rule.)  

Please read Nan’s interesting original prompt suggestion and example.

Margo Roby offers us some excellent background information as well about this form.

Regarding prose written in concise and powerful sentences we further suggest reading Simon Blackburn’s review of Stanley Fish‘s book, “How to Write a Sentence”.

The overall form of a haibun is simple, yet there are abundant and challenging variations in specific application to express this internal relationship of prose to poem.  Grant yourself some time to read the links provided here and come to your own personal version of a haibun.  Enjoy!

Thank you Nan for this very interesting prompt!  (Thank you Margo too!)

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself. *** You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share. *** When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!). *** Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

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