The January issue of The Wise Owl is devoted to the poetic form, the haibun. I really like this form because it’s a prose poem that is completed by an ending haiku. I like how the prose poem goes into detail and then the haiku has the ability to comment on or reinforce the prose poem.
Two of my poems are published in this issue–a big thank you to Editor Rachna Singh. The first one, “When You Knew,” is a poem about my father being a twin. The second one, “Chicken Vision,” began because I became fascinated with the fact that chickens have mono-vision, which means that the left eye is far-sighted, and right is near-sighted. Isn’t that the coolest piece of info?! Here is the link (and ignore the bio which is somewhat incorrect–especially the word especially).
39 responses to “Two Poems Up at The Wise Owl”
These are clever and beautiful and inspire me to try this structure!
Thank you, Amie. I can see these being an amazing form for you! When are we going to have brunch or lunch or something? Are you in AZ?
Congratulations! Haibun is not a poetic form I have attempted as of yet. My hat’s off to you.
Thank you, Annette. You should try one. They are a little addictive haha.
I enjoy the haibun form too
I love the twins one…amazing.
Thank you, Jade! Originally I tried the material of the first one in a regular free verse form. Did not work. Form is everything!
I agree!! 💕
Thank you, Ken!
Congratulations! Two tasty haibun! Each haiku is sort of a drawstring on a purse.
Hah, I love that description! Thank you!
I enjoyed both poems, Luanne.
Thank you so much, John!
I love your two haibun, particularly “When You Knew.” (My mother was a twin.)
So you know that weird twin thing, huh?
Yeah–and “weird” is the right word for it.
Congratulations. Two splendid examples – especially the twins one.
Thank you, Derrick!
Congratulations, Luanne. You are on a roll! (What was that about not getting any work done?)
These are lovely haibun.
It’s a form I struggle with–not the paragraph so much as the haiku. 🙂
I always feel like I’ve done nothing and then poems kind of appear at my fingertips. Weirdest thing.
Haikus are hard. They are often used as a “beginner” form, but to do them well is difficult.
I agree–about both points.🙂
Thank you so much, Jill!
Congratulations, Luanne! I enjoyed your haibun very much! I learned something new about chickens, too.
Oh thank you. Hah, yes, I was surprised to learn that about their vision. It led me to research chickens’ bodies in general.
VERY nice, Luanne. And each prose poem gave me pause. I love the haibun form but not brave enough to try myself. That last part – about the danger of meditation – huh, never thought of it that way, but for a chicken, that’s the truth!
Thank you so much, Pam. It is a tricky form, but now i’m trying an even trickier one that I only just heard about, the cheribun! Prose poem + cherita!
Loved the poems – and your Red Riding Hood poems too.
Oh thank you, Andrea! So happy to hear that. Hope all is well.
Thank you so much.
Hi, how is Perry? 🐱💕
He is a little tired and skinny and still has terrible diarrhea, but he’s getting lots of hugs.
Ha! I had never heard of haibun. I “think” I could attempt it even though I don’t think of myself as a poet, as you know.
And now I know why chickens cock their head at such angles and always look as if they are studying you intensely. The things one learns by accident.