Japanese Garden

My fourth article exploring haibun technique has been published at bookscover2cover.  

In this article we examine two haibun written by a friend and fellow blogger here at WordPress.  He had approached me for advice with a piece of writing that was his first attempt at haibun.  It utilized prose interspersed with senryu, which is a nontraditional approach.  I suggested he “flip” his haibun – and use prose interspersed with haiku.  The resulting haibun had a completely different tone.  

In your opinion, which haibun is more successful? Why?  Would you consider using the nontraditional approach in your own writing?

Please visit bookscover2cover and join the discussion.

An Introduction to Haibun, Part IV
Haiku vs. Senryu

5 thoughts on “An Introduction to Haibun Part IV (bookscover2cover)

  1. A fascinating study, beautifully put across. To me, the first haiku/Senryu is so powerful that it automatically makes the first haibun more intense and sets the tone for the other haiku following it. What is your advice on the number of haiku/ senryu that can be part of a haibun, it occurred to me that if there had been a lot more prose, it would have been a challenge to flip it around. This is so educative, thanks Jen.


    • Thanks — I’m glad it was helpful
      I agree with your assessment completely.
      Some people are of the opinion that having more than one haiku / senryu lessens the effect of each poem. In this case I’d disagree – but overall it seems that the fewer haiku you use the better.

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