July 8th, 2009


Speculative Haibun samples

After yesterday's post, I was asked for online links to speculative haibun. I did a quick search but didn't find any so here are a couple of mine.

Poems from the New Symbiont

Metamorphosis is gradual. First, the human victim craves unusual foods, tastes of a far off planet. A new entity emerges and personality fades to the stronger force, sometimes emulating historical figures.

another Bashō
he sees the Milky Way
from the other side

-Deborah P Kolodji

from Scifaikuest, February 2007, print
reprinted in The 2008 Rhysling Anthology

Unknown Invasion

A 2005 university study published in February announced that perchlorate, a toxic chemical found in rocket fuel, was found in all thirty-six samples of breast milk taken from nursing mothers in eighteen states. In San Antonio, Texas, a three year old boy climbs to the top of the big slide.

daytime fireworks
his mother doesn't listen
about the spaceship

- Deborah P Kolodji

from Dreams and Nightmares #73, January 2006

The second one started out as a mainstream haibun. My first attempt at a haiku for this haibun was:

rocket fuel
nursed at her breast
his first launch

but this haiku was far too close to the prose. My next attempt almost went too far away from the rocket fuel, one of the strongest images in the prose.

first launch
wind whorls of plum

Then the science fiction poet in me took over and I saw the spaceships...