Hillman City Haibun (Walkin’, Lichen)

As I noted in my last haibun post, walks = poetry. If you do not get a poem when walking, you have not walked long enough. Ask Charles Reznikoff, who was well-known for taking walks of 15 to 20 miles. 26 Moonlit Night The trees’ shadows lie in black pools on the...

After The Japanese 33-36

It was interesting when first meeting San Francisco poet Kevin Killian, whose name I would occasionally see on the SUNY-Buffalo poetics listserv years before social media would allow us to keep connected to one another. He knew me as: “The guy who interviews...

Hillman, Columbia City Lit Crawl

The pub crawl is a tradition that goes back to the 19th century. A group gets together and drinks in a series of bars. Maybe the participants are new to a town. In Australia they had over 4,000 people do a pub crawl once, a Guinness world record. LIT Crawls go back...

Hillman City Haibun 5 (White Cat Privilege)

It’s the odd experience successfully translated into language that often makes a good American Sentence. A long walk can yield a sentence or two, but having the daily practice helps with perception in general. After all, the creator of this 17 syllable poem form...

After the Japanese 29-32

Today, the next segment of the 100 poems written using each poem in the classic Japanese poetry anthology (Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (小倉百人一首)) as a prompt. These were also written at a short retreat at the Marblemount cabin of Gerry Cook and Hannah Sullivan about one year...