Carpe Diem April 2018 Kamishibai month, Go and Tell Your Story

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new month of our wonderful Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month, April 2018, I will challenge you to create haibun in several forms like kikôbun, One-bun and Haibun. As you all (maybe) know haibun is another Japanese poetry form in which prose and poetry are combined. An example of this form is Matsuo Basho's renown classic "The Small Road Into The Deep North", a haibun we have read here together several years ago.

There are more than one kinds of haibun, for example the kikôbun. Let me tell you in short what a "kikôbun" is:

What is a kikôbun?
It is structured somewhat like a haibun, a passage of prose with at least one short poem (haiku or tanka). It features landscape and nature, and interaction between writer and the landscape. Bashô focused on exactly that, the nature and not on prescribed formulas or conceptions.
The key specification is that a kikôbun involves movement of the writer, in that it is a short travel diary. The haiku should not repeat what is in the prose, and should not attempt to ′globalise’ the prose like a conclusion.

One of our steadfast visitors, Forestbather (or Hamish Managua Gunn), has written several kikôbun and he even compiled an exclusive CDHK E-book "Shinrin-Yoku" with only kikôbun. You can find his CDHK E-book in our Library.
Another haibun kind we have seen here at CDHK is the so called "One-bun". It's invented by Jim Kacian. The one-bun is an ultra-short haibun which has just one line of prose (including the title) and a (one-line) haiku. I will give an example of this one-bun written by Jim himself.

The light

of the most distant stars, which describes for us the size and age of the universe, won't reach us for aeons, leaving us to imagine ...

dark space the red shift of my mind

© Jim Kacian
The Light

Well it looks like we have a wonderful month before us, full of creative possibilities especially haibun and haibun-like poetry.

This month I will give you a theme for every episode. You may use that theme in all its glory and in all its meanings. In every episode I will give you also the haibun-form you have to use and rules to work with. For example a rule can be "a maximum of words" or "use the classical rules for your haiku".

I am looking forward to this month, but before I give you the list of themes, I love to give an example of a one-bun created by myself to conclude this introduction.

shares its sweet perfume as this summer day runs to an end, while I enjoy the coolness and the warmth of her naked body next to mine ...
hot summer day the sweet scent of Honeysuckle and the one I love
© Chèvrefeuille
Here is our list of themes for this month:
2. Easter
3. Daffodils
4. Mountains
5. Happiness
6. New Life
7. Weekend-Meditation #27
9. Meadow
10. Opportunity
11. Gypsy
12. Broadway
13. Rainbow
Rainbow (image found on Pinterest)

14. Weekend-Meditation #28
16. Praying
17. Daisies
18. Loneliness
19. Nakedness
20. Perfume of Spring
21. Weekend-Meditation #29
23. Conquest
24. Apprentice
25. True Love
26. Rose Garden
27. Tears
28. Weekend-Meditation #30
30. Desert
Well a nice range of themes I think. Not Always easy maybe, but well ... I think you all can work with these themes.
Of course there will be other features too. First of all there will be a Crossroads episode every Monday and somewhere this month I will publish three CD specials in which I will tell you all a little bit more about our Troiku Kukai winner and runners-up.
On April 15th at 10:00 PM (CEST) our new Carpe Diem Spring Retreat will start. The CDHK Retreat is a period of 30 days in which I challenge you to create a haiku or tanka every day inspired on a theme. This time the Spring Retreat is themed "Light of the World" and you can interprete this theme in your own way.
There is a lot to look forward at this month and I hope you will be with me. Do you know poets who love haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms than please invite them to visit us and participate.
Chèvrefeuille, your host

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