Welcome. My intent is to show examples and to discuss contemporary English-language haibun and haiga which necessitate also exploring haiku (haibun prose’s and haiga image’s little partner).
- haibun : a mix of title, prose and haiku
- haiga: a mix of an image of any type (painting, photograph, digital art) and haiku
I will provide examples and discussions of exemplars in these genres by contemporary writers and & Japanese masters like Basho and Issa.
I’ll be drawing from my 20 plus years of writing in these genres and editing journals that publish them. I’ve helped develop and was recently or currently am editorially associated with Contemporary Haibun Online and Haibun Today.
And as a bit of background, I live at times in a rural area near Acton, Ontario and at times in Edmonton, Alberta. My partner Nancy and I enjoy hiking in the Rockies and in the canyon country of Utah, canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park, and bicycling in our rolling hill country which helps beat the bugs in June and July. Both of us also enjoy photography and I’ll be mixing Nancy’s and my image on these pages.
~ Ray Rasmussen