My favourite poetic form is the dVerse Quadrille, with its challenge of a limited number of words, freedom of layout and choice of whether to rhyme or not. However, I tend to gravitate towards the sonnet, with its history, famous sonneteers and advocates, as well as its rules, which were made to be broken – one at a time or all at once. I also love writing Japanese poetry and often use haiku and tanka as springboards to other forms. Much of the content of my writing comes from my love of nature, gleaning inspiration from our wild garden and the Norfolk landscape – I’m so lucky to live between the Broads (man-made inland lakes joined by rivers) and the North Norfolk coast, where I have the best of both worlds and the most expressive, expansive skies.
autumn word sculpture
wind hammered leaves and branches
an eloquent sky
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Why?
Toni is minding the bar this Monday and has asked us to write about why we write the style of poetry we write – not why we write poetry but the style of it. She says we can write the haibun in the style of our poetry and explain, for example, why we always write darkly of relationships when we are in happy ones; why we write heavily in metaphors; why we write rose petal soft romantic poems or in rhyme and rhythm; why everything is political, negative or positive, or with made-up words.
Toni would like us to keep it short – one tight paragraph with a haiku ending (not forgetting the season word) or 14 lines plus the three line classic haiku if we write the haibun in our style.