Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


I'm always gratified that the hay(na)ku continues to attract practitioners.  I'm late to finding this out but the latest is from Vince Gotera, who'd helped coin the name "hay(na)ku." Vince has invented another variation of the basic tercet form:  the HAY(NA)KU SONNET!   This form is created through four hay(na)ku tercets  plus an ending couplet with three words per line. The closing couplet is actually a hay(na)ku where the one-word line and the two-word line have been concatenated in order to end up with 14 lines. Vince dates his invention to be 14 April 2012, which is when he posted the first hay(na)ku sonnet on his blog, The Man With the Blue Guitar:

Here's an example of this form which first appeared on his blog; “9/11     +12” also was reprinted in The Daily Palette, University of Iowa, 30 December 2013:

9/11        +12

                    a hay(na)ku sonnet 

sparrows fell
from ashen skies.

loomed from
fog of ash.

Twelve years later,
still entangled:

Bin Laden dead.
Hourglass sand

us downslope: ash
inferno downfall empire.


Thanks Vince!  And if you'd like to see more examples of the hay(na)ku, feel free to check out the form's Bibliography!  Not to mention my latest book which is the first book-length collection of one of its variations, the "haybun": 147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML) -- am happy to share this link, too, for its new posting of a five-star review by Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp (thank you!).

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