Updated: Sep 15
Hosts: Firdaus Parvez and Kala Ramesh
15th September 2022
We have Kat Lehmann with us, once again, with her 2nd braided haibun, to inspire you further. Let's go deeper into this technique and see how we can get to write one effectively.
Connecting the Stars
Our old house is listed on realtor sites today, a Tuesday. I think of other Tuesdays that brought a shift in my life. First child’s birth. Second child’s birth.
moving day My throat feels sore. Nothing terrible, just the brink of something. I immerse myself in the comfort of a warm bath.
grandmother’s lilies If home is the place where it’s okay to feel sick, where will I feel sick now?
in a stranger’s lawn Maybe this Tuesday is just another birthing, a former life pushed into gravity.
Kat Lehmann, USA
Kat Lehmann a Co-Founding Co-Editor of whiptail: journal of the single-line poem and an Associate Editor at Sonic Boom. Kat is the author of three books of poetry and serves as a panelist for The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. A former research biochemist, she likes to consider the grandiose within the details. She enjoys hiking and creating wheelthrown pottery. Read Kat’s work, including her experimental “sudo-ku” multi-haiku form, on her website: https://katlehmann.weebly.com/
Catch the subtle link and shift in this plaited haibun between the prose and the haiku. The language used is without frills or ornamentation. The story is intense. Each time I read this piece - I like it even more. It unfolds almost like a lotus - petal by petal until you see a full-bloomed lotus standing above the water. Waiting to read all your braided haibun.
As always, a good haibun will find its way into the next issue of our fabulous journal. Firdaus and I are eagerly looking forward to reading your haibun.
1. Only two haibun per poet per prompt.
2. Share your best-polished pieces.
3. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while.
4. When poets give suggestions and if you agree to them - post your final edited version on top of your original version.
5. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems.
We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.