contemporary haibun volume 16: edited by Rich Youmans and the CH Staff
contemporary haibun is a series dedicated to the best haibun and haiga published each year in English around the world. ch16, returning after a 5-years hiatus, features 93 haibun and 36 full-color haiga.
“contemporary haibun has stood alone, for more than a decade, as the chief vehicle and bulwark of the burgeoning haibun movement in English. Without the vanguard role of this annual anthology, one might reasonably inquire how — and perhaps if — haibun would have survived.”
— Jeffrey Woodward
Editor, Haibun Today
In the meadow, a white egret spirals down, moves into the remaining sun, tucks one leg. The S of its neck folds, hiding a long yellow beak. Motionless for an hour. A coyote yips once in the distance. Suddenly its torso extends like a plump arrow, wings unfold, five flaps of lift and it is gone over the rooftops.
he hits the windy note
— Dyana Basist
First touch: tree branches entwining, amaranthus rippling in a breeze, dew drops clinging to buds, a cool creek caressing smooth pebbles, ocean waves pushing and pulling, a thousand fireflies lighting up a field, katydids droning long into the night, and the Milky Way revealed in the deep darkness, a gash spilling the most invisible stars into the sky . . . then calm. A calm lake lapping a soft sandy shore until dawn.
fiddleheads in moist soil
on a riverbank
— Agnes Eva Savich
Size: 5.25″ x 8.25″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2021
Winner of a Merit Book Award for Best Book of Haiku 2021 (Honorable Mention for Best Book of Haibun)!