HNA 2017: a Review of Trifolds… in transit


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You just came back from a haiku conference and now there’s a pile of haiku on your desk.

It’s a good problem to have, but still a problem. I learned from previous experience that if I don’t read the trifolds I picked up at a conference right away, I never will.

In the past, I’d treat my freebies like collector’s items: I’d store them and never touch them again.  But this year, after coming back from HNA2017, I decided I would read them.  So one morning I took a pile of freebies and read them while in transit.

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I decided to start with the Sante Fe themed trifolds.  It seems a few people attending the HNA 2017 conference had already been to Santa Fe and shared their experience of New Mexico in their trifolds.

First on my list was a trifold by Kath Abela Wilson recalling her experience moving to Santa Fe with her young family, and becoming the apprentice of jewellery maker Ross LewAllen.


meeting in Santa Fe

I wear earrings I made here

forty years ago

— Kath Abela Wilson

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In Keeping Time: haibun, Penny Harter shares memories of fishing in the canyon:

from abandoned cliff

dwellings ravens call into

the past

— Penny Harter (from “Fishing in the Canyon”, first published in Exit 13)

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In Santa Fe Summer of 2011, Charles Trumbull shares one-line haiku with New Mexico season words.

solstice heat a lizard scuttles through acequia sand

up the Rio Grande ill winds from Arizona

moon blazes red over the Sangre de Christos

— Charles Trumbull

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This trifold by Carole MacRury features a photo of Bandelier Park and a selection of her best haiku such as:

well-worn path –

I take my memories

for a walk

–Carole MacRury


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In a colourful trifolds featuring Mount Fuji on one side and a zen garden on the other side, Susan Diridoni laid out her gendai haiku on strips of paper:

kimono backwards her bunraku dream

– Susan Diridoni

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In Ghost Notes, Beverly Acuff Momoi caught my attention with a very original kigo:

my biggest fears

are nameless

moons of Jupiter

— Beverly Acuff Momoi

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In low doorways, paul m. shares haiku inspired by his visit to the Ephrata Cloisters, a semi-monastic community:

dawn chorus

a brother’s snore

part of it

— paul m.

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To celebrate its 25 years, the Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts shared a selection of members’ haiku in a beautiful handmade card:

all these years

at the same table

salt and pepper

— Denise Fontaine-Pincine (Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts)

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In Night Mist, Jennifer Sutherland  presents a series of haiku about horses:

fading daylight

horse and hill

become one

— Jennifer Sutherland (previously published in A Hundred Gourds, June 2014)

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In Explorations 1, lynnej finds haiku in her surroundings:

after the storm

haiku strewn

along the shore

— lynnej


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In Shawls of Rain, Marietta McGregor takes a humorous look at family:

petting zoo…

newlyweds stroke

each other

— Marietta McGregor


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In A Few Gourds, Angela Terry reminds us:

taking the shortcut

and missing the journey –

a map of clouds

— Angela Terry (previously published in A Hundred Gourds)

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In VanKuver, Jacquie Pearce offers a mini chapbook filled with haiku inspired by her city:

wet neon city

the young girl’s colourful


— Jacquie Pearce

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In What’s Left Unsaid: 125 haiku (limited edition), Maxianne Berger allows us to play and form our own haiku with her interactive flagbook:

fireflies adrift

near her husband’s grave

we both smile

— Maxianne Berger

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In On the Bridge (Japan 2014), you’ll find beautiful haiga by Lidia Rozmus, and a selection of haiku by  Lidia, Cynthia A. Henderson, and Charles Trumbull:

one breath

one brush stroke


— Lidia Rozmus

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In by the way (limited edition, 35 copies), Don Wentworth takes us on a journey:


a poem differently each time—

the autumn sky

-Don Wentworth

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In Breakfast Alone, Michael Dylan Welch offers us a series of haiku about taste:

breakfast alone

slowly I eat

my melancholy

— Michael DylanWelch

hna2017 trifolds pile IMG_3126Whether you take the trifolds on transit, read them while curled up in your favourite chair, or enjoy them while having breakfast, my advice is to read them right away while the memory of the conference, and the people you met, are still fresh.




Yay Words: tiny haibuns by Aubrie Cox (a blog review)


Aubrie Cox. Yay Words! @ A Blog Review

by Jessica Tremblay, Burnaby, British Columbia

Published in Frogpond, 37:3 (Winter 2014)


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During the month of June 2014, I really enjoyed reading the tiny haibun (or “tibun”) that Aubrie Cox published on her blog Yay Words!

Aubrie describes her blog as “[a] celebration of language and the written word (with a little art on the side).” Some poets might know Aubrie from the Doodleku she led on her blog for many months: she would post a drawing and ask poets to write an accompanying poem in the comments. But in June, there was a sudden shift in her blog postings as she started writing very short prose followed by a haiku.



Living Things
I’ve yet to visit since you moved into the mausoleum. Every poem could be my last. Guess I’ve social anxiety even among the dead.

Sunday in the park
butterfly shadow
between the bells[1]

Her haibun reminded me of tanbun, a genre invented by Larry Kimmel, which is a combination of a short prose of 31 or less syllables followed by haiku or tanka. Aubrie replied to my comment on her blog by saying: “A little over a year ago I discovered hint fiction, which is fiction in 25 words or less. After experimenting, I started doing these haibun with prose within those confines.”

Whether her haibun are facts or fiction, they are highly effective in emotionally engaging the reader.

 White Balance
 You arrive at the Star of Hope Mausoleum, only to find it locked in the minutes you sat in the car working up your nerve.

sun showers
she brings hot tea
without asking            [2]

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Aubrie occasionally adds link within the prose or haiku, adding an element of interactivity to the poem.

Signs of Life
Tufts of fox fur litter the end of the drive. You look everywhere for blood before it rains.

green tomatoes
of the human face[3] 

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Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

In this poem, the link takes you to an article explaining how the human face evolved as a result of physical violence: the tiny bones becoming more robust as a mean of protection against small impacts such as the impact of human fists.

The titles of Aubrie’s haibun also caught my attention: they are beautiful, poetic, and can stand by themselves, almost like short poems: Sporadic Flu Activity (June 25), 81% of the Moon is Illuminated (June 16), Meteorological Summer (June 2).

Beyond the Limit of Astronomical Twilight

I convince myself fireflies are varying shades of yellow and green like vaseline glass.That my hips don’t hurt when I run.That we’re talking.

cilantro seeds—
all my favorite
B-side songs[4]  

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Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

Sometimes there is some kind of association between the title and the haibun, but oftentimes there doesn’t seem to be any link between the title and the piece, which adds a touch of surrealism to the haibun. When I asked her where her title ideas came from, Aubrie wrote: “One good place for titles and/or inspiration is’s charts and stats for your area.”

When I looked on the website (which is a local weather app), I did see Sporadic Flu Activity as one of the headlines for my area. Great title for a haibun! What a clever appropriation of weather terms for poetic purposes!

Today is Forecast to Be Nearly the Same Temperature As Yesterday
You rarely write about sound. You explain there are two types of pain. You wonder if there are any other stories left in you.

cool after the rain…
mosquito larvae twist
in on themselves[5]

Drawing of bamboo crane by Aubrie Cox from Yay Words

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Here, the image of “mosquito larvae twisting in on themselves” is surprising.  We often read the same image, over and over, in haiku. It is nice to read something new and original in a poem. I said as much in a comment on her blog, and Aubrie replied: “I’ve been trying hard to find something new and fresh, though I’ve definitely caught myself sliding into some old habits here and there.”

Aubrie serves as the haiga editor for the online haikai journal A Hundred Gourds. After graduating from Millikin University with a B.A. in English literature and writing, she completed her M.A. in English creative writing at Ball State University in 2013.

According to the About me section on her website, “Aubrie Cox went to university to write a novel; she came out writing haiku. It’s worked out pretty well so far.” [6]

Considering the tibun on Yay Words! I’d say things have worked out well, too.



[1] Aubrie Cox, “Living Things.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 16, 2014 from

[2] Cox, “White Balance.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 24, 2014 from

[3] Cox, “Signs of Life.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 10, 2014 from

[4] Cox, “Beyond the Limit of Astronomical Twilight.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 5, 2014 from

[5] Cox, “Today is Forecast to Be Nearly the Same Temperature As Yesterday.” Yay Words!, retrieved on June 11 2014 from



Jessica Tremblay is the author of Old Pond Comics published in Frogpond and at In 2013, she was the official cartoonist-in-residence at Haiku North America, Seabeck Haiku Getaway and Haiku Hot Springs. In 2014 she received a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Writers to continue exploring the new genre of “haiku-comics.”