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Haibun Essay (Reveal Yourself in the Details)  May 26, 2007 - June 26, 2007

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Most Attune to the Self - [writing deleted]
Most in Sync with Nature - [writing deleted]
Most Expressive within the Given Form - [writing deleted]


This is an invite to attempt something both new and ancient, to reveal yourself in the details.

Haibun, a prose form inspired by haiku, begins in the everyday events of the author's life. The form stresses a certain conciseness of expression, but uses full prose sentences. It is used, for instance, for travel writings which include numerous references to natural scenes and contain good descriptive material. Also it is used as a journal form to focus on place, daily events, people one knows or meets. Haibun includes a number of haiku poems strewn throughout the text. The reader grasps the meaning of the haibun, and then of the haiku, and goes on to discover the undercurrents of meaning common to both.

Seriousness, beauty, imagism, objectiveness, density of image/event/experience or a light touch (amusing) are some of the moods which may be incorporated in a haibun.

Write haibun. Read the haibun of Basho, Buson, Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Kerouac along with haibun by current writers at the international level. Try travel-writing haibun, journal-writing haibun, still-life haibun, and/or essay haibun. (notes from>

Look here for contemporary English haibun, for further definition of haibun and for inspiration: Contemporary Haibun Online.


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Created May 26, 2007