Expand your writing with the innovative and flexible form of haibun. In his travel journals, the Japanese master Basho would write descriptions or narrative, then distill his experiences into a haiku, alternating prose, haiku, prose, haiku. In modern haibun incarnations, the prose might be memoir, nonfiction, stories, or news events alternating with traditional haiku or just some short unstructured lines. Expand your imagination and try out multiple ways into a topic in one tidy package. We’ll look at modern aficionados as well as classics as models to generate our own meaningful, playful insights.
Cathie Desjardins was Arlington Poet Laureate from 2017- 2019. A former faculty member at Lesley University and The Institute for Learning and Teaching at UMass/Boston, she has taught writing to all ages from kindergartners to graduate students and seniors and continues to teaches regularly at Grub Street. Her work has been published in Cognoscenti, and in many newspapers, periodicals and journals. She has written two books of poetry, With Child, and, recently, Buddha in the Garden, both from Tasora Press.