Historical Haibun

In 2013 I started writing what I loosely called “Historical Haibun,” adding haiku to well-known historical texts, from Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln to Lewis Carroll, creating a different sort of haibun. I hope that the addition of the poem re-energizes the historic prose. I had jotted down the idea for doing this on 19 August 2013, the day after that summer’s Haiku North America conference in Long Beach, California, and wrote most of the following later in the same month. My gratitude to the editors of Contemporary Haibun Online and Drifting Sands Haibun for publishing these pieces. See also “Fair Use in Historical Haibun.”