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Dear poets and friends, today I lead you in haibun monday and I wanted to introduce a third element into the picture: the artwork. I always spend a lot of time trying to find artwork to my poetry. When doing this I have often found that when selecting the artwork it’s better to try to find artwork after I have written the poetry.

For poetry the technique when combining art and poetry is called ekphrasis.

My own theory regarding this is that the picture and poetry complement each other rather than that they are mere illustrations. This is much how the prose and haiku complements each other in a haibun.

For haiku poets there exist a long tradition to let art and poetry complement each other in this manner called haiga, and if you study haiga you learn that complementarity between poetry and art is essential. This is not exactly ekphrasis as the art should be your own.

A little cuckoo across a hydrangea by Yosa Buson.

A little cuckoo across a hydrangea by Yosa Buson.

My favourite site for artwork is wikiart, but sometimes I use photographs. Make sure that you follow the copyright rules when selecting illustrations.

Today I would like you to write a haibun on any subject that you like. but you should illustrate it with one picture, and let picture prose and haiku complement each other.

As usual I would like you to write the prose in first person and present tense. It should not be fiction (but I always think that fantasy and dreams can be incorporated). The haiku should contain an element of nature and season (I try to choose a kigo).

I will not ostracize you for diverting a bit from the rules (I break them often myself). Remember that this is about having fun, and evolve your techniques in writing. I have always thought that I become a better writer by reading and commenting.

When you have written your haibun on you blog you link up to Mr Linky. I would love you to leave a comment below.