A Fraught Encounter

Confrontation Haibun



An overcast sky, with whirls of gray splattered over blue like spilt paint on a completed canvas. Trees struggle to bud. I open the trunk of my weather-stained Legacy when Ilana calls.

She tells her story. Tall, hostile Tavaugn — who has an argument for everyone on any occasion — stands between her and her classroom. Calls her a “stupid bitch.” Says “ask me differently” when she tells him to move.

We close our conversation, and she thanks me for talking her off the ledge. I wonder how I did that.

leafless branch
trembling in the wind —
cold comfort



photograph by Redd Angelo


Image Curve’s Manifesto


Frank J. Tassone

I fell in love with writing ever since I wrote my first short story at the age of 12 and my first poem in high school. My free-verse has appeared in the literary e-zine Pif. My haibun has been published in Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) and Contemporary Haibun, CHO's annual print anthology. My haiku has been published by the Haiku Foundation. My senryu has been published in Failed Haiku. I regularly perform haibun and other haikai with Rockland Poets. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet. Visit my website www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com to see more of my poetry. Follow me on twitter @fjtassone2 and like my Facebook page American Haijin for updates on my latest work.

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