Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Saturday, March 03, 2018

The Passion of Haibun 2018 plus special extended early bird rate online course

What is haibun, and what is the Passion of Haibun?
The early bird rate is still on, and as an extra winter and snow offer, will stay for this course, but it starts next week!
Start Date: Monday March 5th 2018 

An example:

When bitter can mean please... 
the handle of the cup holding a coffee with a fern like design in its froth, is like her nose, and both are porcelain. 
And when I order something bitter I remember your German, and how you kissed the word Bitte that held the meaning of please, and other meanings. 
Berlin afternoon
the rain in your hair 
passing time 

It all started with a coffee, no hold that thought, we haven’t got there yet. You came over and said your first Bitte, “May I help you?” I started with cappuccino.
The second Bitte was when you brought over the coffee saying “Here you go”
There were many occasions that asked for Bitte, after all I was working on a novel, I was going to be here for some time. Now I wanted my own Bitte which meant “Can you help me please?” The request was for research purposes, and I have no idea how I ended up in another German city. 
Another barista was going to say Bitte, all over again. 
uncoiling the moon
out of doorways in shadow 
midnight rain 

Alan Summers
Award credit: Wonderfold Winner January 2017 

republished in:
Narrow Road 
A Literary Magazine from India showcasing Flash Fiction, Poetry and Haibun 
April 2017 Inaugural Issue 
The Three Narrow Road PDFs for 2017 are available:

is the practice of interspersing prose with haiku, and of course much more. It’s about placement and dispersal within two different genres. It’s the interstice between them, and the intervention and intersections of words, and ultimately our lives as we travel the days and months, as Matsuo Basho opens with, in his classic "Narrow Road to the Deep North” 

Haibun is still expanding as a form, and at an exciting point in its development. There's something about haibun, as it somersaults, shifts, hops or glides between poem to prose, that seems to open up another dimension in how we can write and communicate, and taking the journey we can involve our readers with, each mile. 

The Passion of Haibun
The early bird rate is still on, and as an extra winter and snow offer, will stay for this course, but it starts next week!
Start Date: Monday March 5th 2018  

Breaking down the invisible (in haibun)
With a slight shift, a momentary aside, a shuffle of cards, legerdemain, the author leaves the main story to dive into side alleys. But how is the ‘real’ narrative still kept when we diverge from the main story? How we do we maintain the momentum, the blood flow? 

Blood vessels include arteries, capillaries, and veins which are responsible for transporting blood throughout the body.
Source: Boundless. “Arteries, Veins, and Capillaries.”  26 May. 2016.

The poetry dynamic within haibun is as much about what we think is the main story; but also it’s those nano-stories or even “broken narratives” that haiku can be, hiding on the sidelines, that just require the torch of prose to bring them alive, and equally in turn haiku can light up the prose in other ways perhaps not possible with a straight linear narrative of prose.

— Breaking down the invisible (in haibun) by Alan Summers from:

More about haibun:

Including a short history of haibun:

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