My haibun ‘Nan’s Funeral’ published at contemporaryhaibunonline dot com

The Contemporary Haibun Online is a fine journal that i’ve been reading a few months now, & have been learning a lot about haibun from, as it contains essays on haibun in addition to a well picked selection of haibun. So i was pleased to have something selected to be published there, thanks to the editors Bob Lucky & Ray Rasmussen. Nan’s Funeral can be read here.

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  1. Congrats! It is a great journal! My one and only publication is on there! Not implying that that’s why it’s great though 😂

    1. Thanks. It is one of those journals i find myself reading all of, which isn’t something i always make time for, but i do return to finish off the contents they put up. Send me the link to your haibun on there please.

      1. It pales in conparison to yours, but there is probably something to be said about autobiographical content to capture emotion and the nuances of an experience. I go back to CHO every now and then and choice haibun to read randomly. Mine’s here:

        http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages122/Yimam_Null.html

      2. Dunno what you’re talking about, your haibun treats the subject with a directness & the sentiment isn’t overbearing, but enough; which shows control. Your haiku is better than my tanka. Actually, Bob the editor didn’t like the original with a trio of haikus, but he gave me the chance to resubmit the haikus, though i opted for a traditional tanka. i was fortunate the prose was strong enough.

      3. Yes, Bob gave me a second chance for the haiku too! Thanks. I think your prose is incredibly rich in capturing the moment from a few angles. Not sure it’s control so much as the challenge I have in describing emotions even off the page/screen- something I’ve recently become aware of and I think the realisation and attempts to be better attuned to how i feel will seep into my writing in time. I still have your third essay to read! My blog reading lately has slowed down…

      4. Yes the ‘challenge’ is the engine to keep us humming. That you challenge yourself then shows, glad you offered me the right verb.
        My blog reading has been slowed by Foucault— i went to Seoul & bought a hoard of new books, plus i felt poisoned by Seoul on returning to Jeju, so my mind hasn’t been right. i dip in though. The 3rd essay will be there for sometime, take your time; the last one is the most dense & difficult. Probably a headache of words to be honest, haha.

      5. I found that post quite funny- that the even thw foreign, mystical life on jeju gets interrupted by trips to IKEA.

        The third essay is what you’ve primed your readers for- looking forward to reading the revised poem.

      6. robert okaji says:

        Mek, that’s an excellent, controlled haibun. Wow!

      7. Thanks so much Bob 😊

  2. Beautiful – you touched on the kind of thoughts and emotions ive also felt on trying to understand death- i guess it’s universal. The mundane is a blessing sometimes- i guess it brings us vack down to earth and grounds us.

    1. It was a toughy to write, because i sort of realized when trying to write on the subject of loss that it is universal, which is a fine line to cliche & getting the sentiment wrong aesthetically seemed something i had to avoid, but i thought the oscillation between the mundane, the incidentals, the reactions of loved ones & the big questions avoided anything cliche or outworn, but still managed to be ‘universal’. It’s hard writing is sometimes.

      1. You did it well because you clearly observed what was going on around you and internally too. I will go back and read yours again and some others too later today.

  3. robert okaji says:

    Daniel, you captured the universal, chewed it up and spat it out, intact but in an altered form. You earned your spurs, son (and other cowboy sayings that don’t apply)!

    1. Nicely put Bob, cheers. Cowboy sayings have never been used to describe my poetry before.

      1. robert okaji says:

        Well, I definitely got a dog in this hunt, and that was a damn fine haibun. 😬

  4. Damn!!! What a great haibun! You should be teaching a creative writing course at Hongik University. Academia desperately needs your talents!

    1. Cheers Daniel. i need a good talking with myself before considering teaching: i like the idea of working in academia though i wonder if yhe reality would irritate me: apathetic pupils & sloppy writing etc.

      1. I think you would vastly improve any university English department…. and the Neo-Liberal politicking of the department would drive you to drink and ruin… if you let it get to you!

        You would produce a new generation of great writing in Korea… and pat the price for it. 🙂

      2. An excuse to drink is not tossed out the window in any great hurry. Haha.

      3. You would have to drink to survive the non-stop backstabbing/bickering as your “peers” battle for tenure…

  5. Pablo Cuzco says:

    Congrats on getting your work selected. A beautiful piece. Very self-revealing and emotive. I’m not familiar with the haibun form?

    1. Cheers Pablo.
      The haiku & tanka are part of the haibun; Basho invented it, or developed it, in a book called The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which i read many years ago in my university library when i was supposed to be studying. Daniel Schnee put me back on with the form when he remarked that some of my longer poems had something of the haibun about them. So i sort of got the flame stoked. It may be a form you can work well with seeing as you are familiar with haiku.

      1. Pablo Cuzco says:

        It looks interesting. I just bookmarked their website to check it out. It certainly seems like a great way to express my ideas that spill so awkwardly outside of the Haiku form. Thanks!

      2. Good call. It’s a fine journal, with some informative essays on approaching the haibun. As much as i like the option to comment on people’s work it is a refreshing change for a journal to be all about the work & nothing else.
        i hope to see haibun spilling out of you soon.

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