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.

Friday, October 7, 2016


[Please Forward; this is also a CALL FOR POEMS--see UPDATE below]

It's October 4! And I am so grateful I have managed to hew to my 2016 New Year's Resolution to write everyday on a long-form novel! It's been/is a new experience--I'm grateful for it. But I didn't expect that, from yesterday's writing, the novel would generate a new variation of the hay(na)ku. I'm calling it the "Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku" because, as you can see by its inaugural manifestation below, the "reflection" is not exact.

In the novel, I was writing a section relating to dictators and it spawned this new hay(na)ku poem:
corrupts absolutely"--
you provided proof. 
Your life proved
"Absolute corruption

I shared it with Vince Gotera, the poet who (you might recall) came up with the final name for the hay(na)ku (you can see the form's History HERE).  He responded brilliantly with one of his own:
Donald Trump.
Best president ever. 
Bust. President never.
Donald Trump.

Entonces, I'm initiating a call for poems in the "Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku" form, as you may interpret it. The "ripple" refers to how the reflection is not exact between the two tercets. If I receive enough poems by Nov. 15, I'll write a feature presenting them in the next issue of Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement).
the Word:
"Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku"!!!
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
Send by email (in body of email) to me at galateaten@gmail.com

UPDATE: I am expanding this call to include the "Cleave Hay(na)ku" form newly invented by Vince Gotera.  The "Cleave" is two hay(na)ku side-by-side, where the hay(na)ku on the left is read as one poem, the hay(na)ku on the right is read as a second poem, and then both hay(na)ku are read as a third, combined poem, both first lines together, then the second lines, and finally both third lines. Vince demonstrates with

live forever
like strange ghosts
you know
that people eat

—Draft by Vince Gotera    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

Here are the three different poems that we can read:
left side
right side
mushrooms live forever like strange ghosts
do you know that people eat
mushrooms do live forever you know like strange ghosts that people eat
More information can be seen on Vince's blog HERE.


Go HERE to see all the Hay(na)ku Variations possible. If you know more, let me know and I'll add to the list!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure there's an offical name for this variation, but I've been working on this short story that initially started out as a Hay(na)ku sequence of: 1/2/3 2/3/1 3/1/2 3/2/1 1/3/2 2/1/3...I personally refer to it as a Halo-halo Hay(na)ku.