2017-04/15 A Workshop on Form: Haiku, Haibun and Haiphrastic with Seretta Martin
Are you curious about form? In this workshop we will explore three forms that are not often addressed in writing workshops. Here’s a description of one of them. Come with the expectation that you will learn and write all three.
Haibun is a technique of combining prose and poetry as seen in Japan’s oldest literary examples. It consists of a title, a prose paragraph of varying length, and a poem. Haibun can range in length from a single sentence with one haiku to book-length with dozens of poems.
This form allows for a larger range of expression than a haiku. The haiku acts as a torque point where the attention is riveted on one small aspect that demands greater attention and understanding as contrast to the smooth flowing prose. This change of pace is vital to a successful haibun. The prose can be a simple experience written in a direct way, or it can be compact and use other prose devices. As in other forms of prose, a haibun can be a few lines or much longer.
Seretta Martin, author of Foreign Dust Familiar Rain and Overtaking Glass (forthcoming), is the managing editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual and founding co-editor of Synesthesia Literary Journal. She is a Philip Levine Prize and Washington Prize semi-finalist. Her publishing credits include Serving House Journal, Web Del Sol, Poetry International, Margie, Modern Haiku, A Year in Ink and San Diego Poetry Annual. She teaches poetry at San Diego Writers Ink, California Poets in the Schools and the Border Voices Poetry Project and has hosted the New Alchemy Poetry Series for 16 years. Seretta holds an MFA from SDSU.
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