First Dokusan

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Haibun Poem


I step from behind the screen. Sari sits lotus on the zafu atop a large zabuton. A second zafu lies before her.

Bowing, I enter. Bow to her. Sit. She smiles.

“How are you?”

“I am well.”

I then talk about … my numb leg!

Starry night
After ten years of sitting
Circulation tips



photograph by Wenkui Xiao

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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.

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  • Peter Odeon

    I enjoy this short form very much. I have read nearly all your weekly posts with great interest. I finally decided to write. Your work motivates me to write very much.

  • Frank J. Tassone

    Thank you! I’m happy you’ve enjoyed my work. Im delighted that you’re motivated to write. Do it! Write!