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One of my articles – “An Introduction to Haibun” – has been published at bookscover2cover! (Exciting!)

There are so many articles and opinions about what makes “good” haibun.  It can be overwhelming.  This article is a very basic overview – meant to encourage as much as inform.  Part two will follow in about two weeks – but I’ll still keep it simple.

You can read “An Introduction to Haibun” here

Buson's Illustration of Narrow Road to the Interior. Wikimedia.

Buson’s Illustration of Narrow Road to the Interior. Wikimedia.

22 thoughts on “Introduction to Haibun

  1. Part 1 is a great read and I can’t wait to see what you have lined up for part 2. Being a relative novice – not having read the ‘Narrow Road’, even – all insight is thoroughly welcome 🙂

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      • Hmm I’m a bit doubtful. My prose often comes from a fairly ironic place and my haiku don’t – very little humour in one, quite a lot in the other – so I’m not at all sure how well they’ll ‘bond’ if they ever get together 🙂

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        • Well… I wrote a haibun once that had some humor. Worked pretty well — keeps the writing from getting too somber — keeps the reader on their toes! It might work better than you’d expect 😉

          I can’t find the haibun anywhere though. Rats! Wish you could read it. I did find a bunch of really nontraditional haibun though — Brother Cuthbert, Chimera, Ivy Mike….

          https://blogitorloseit.com/2014/05/26/brother-cuthbert-haibun/ (Today I’d write this differently!)

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    • Thanks Janice! I’m such a newcomer to haibun – it is a surprise to be included! But it’s fun to see new interest in haibun too.

      Your haibun are so strong, Janice — I wish I could write like you do 🙂

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  2. I tried to comment on BC2C but keep getting a Java error … anyway, I thought I’d say how much I enjoyed your article and intro to haibun … and compliments for that closing haiku by Basho .. lovely and one I’d never seen!

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    • I know what you mean about struggling. I slept bad (my knees hurt and woke me up about every half hour and when I finaliy got up it was late, then the cherry on the sundae hubby got up at 8:00 sheesh!…
      Anyway, pranayama brought to mind my third son’s birth … he was home born 😉 it was quite an experience indeed.

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  3. Great article! I enjoyed the read! I just learned there was a thing called haibun a few months ago. Still haven’t dived into it, though I’d still like to give it a try!

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    • That is awesome news! I really hope you *do* give it a try. 🙂
      When you do, start simple: one paragraph, one haiku.
      Done properly that can be just as powerful as a longer write.

      You can do it! 😀

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