Japanese Poetry Style

Haibun Poetry


A six-person river raft bobbing up and down in the frigid Animus River. A paddle stretched out too far. One rapid, knocking me overboard.

beyond white foam so many spruces

Break the surface. Still holding the safety line circling the raft. My face, slapped by the river. Again. Again. Back under. Bubbles from my last breath. Jagged rocks scrape my back. One clear thought: I could die here.

river’s roar any moment the call to let go

Hands press my shoulders down. I ricochet above the rapids. Those same hands — my friend and raft partner — pull me aboard.

more paddling last rapids left behind


Photograph by Andrew Spencer


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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. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet.

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