Amid the Clutter

Haibun Examples, School Entrance
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Haibun Poem


Thick reams of paper everywhere. The folders on my desk organizer bulge out with them. I can’t see the top of my desk. Jaime has no room for her piles. Even our circular conference table, tucked in the corner of the narrow office, has manila folders, crumpled worksheets, parental rights documents spread all over. Folders with final exams rest in a stainless steel basket under a chair.

Into this menagerie we bring our student’s parents for a state-protocol-mandated Annual Review.

Under Florescence
Cool mid-October air


Photograph by Ryan McGuire

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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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