Haibun combines haiku with prose

Recent book Memory Won’t Save Me: A haibun by Mimi White, combines Haiku with prose.

Memory Won't Save me by Mimi White

From the Back cover:

When the Japanese poet-monk Basho invented the haibun, the alternating haiku and prose in which he documented his travels, he certainly never imagined what a poet could do with the form in twenty-first century American English. Mimi White’s Memory Won’t Save Me is an ingenious, fascinating appropriation, an account of both physical and emotional travel. The geography is the weeks leading up to the death of a father. Shifting easily between direct observation and layers of memory, she turns what might have been a familiar kind of elegy into a work of great depth and power.

—Chase Twichell

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