The haibun, like the haiku, is a descendent from the work of the 17th century poet-monk, Basho Matsuo. Stemming from the haiku which it incorporates, the haibun seeks to supplement and extend the imagistic features of the haiku into a prose that has been described as "a narrative of epiphany". Important is the relationship between the embedded haiku poem and the surrounding prose. It may offset the prose, shoot off at an angle or change the reader's awareness in a similar way to the recurring refrain in a Western song or poem. Both haiku and haibun are expected to retain something of their Japanese origins in spite of their assimilation into western culture, although what that 'something' is may vary considerably in the same way that, say, Van Gogh and Monet's art varies although both were strongly influenced by Japanese prints and engravings.
Thank you for visiting. You'll find the selection of haibun and haiku poems changes, on an (increasingly erratic) rolling basis.
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Stanley has written 7 collections of haibun poems. The titles and covers of the 7 books are shown above.
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