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Frogpond 47.2 • 2024

Museum of Haiku
Literature Award

Haiku & Senryu

Essay 1 - Eclipses

Essay 2 - Afriku

Essay 3 - "Verbing" in Haiku

Essay 4 - Haiku & Parenting

Essay 5 - Braided Haiku

Interview - Mary McCormack



Book Reviews

Haiku Society of America


Braided Haiku: Shaping Meandering Thoughts

by Pravat Kumar Padhy

Braided Haiku: Shaping Meandering Thoughts
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Braided Haiku: Shaping Meandering Thoughts

by Pravat Kumar Padhy

In March 2016, I explored a new form of poetry, hainka, which is a poetic fusion of haiku and tanka. It is characterized by the image-linking of the fragment of the haiku as the ‘pivot line’ (kakekotoba) of the following tanka. Jim Kacian liked the format and archived the essay with examples in the digital library of the Haiku Foundation. Some of the hainka are translated into the Japanese language by Prof. Hidenori Hiruta and into Arabic by Dr. Mohammad H. Raisha.

Taking a cue from hainka, I experimented with the branched or linked haiku form in July 2021. Initially, I tried to entwine or weave together a one-liner and a normative three-line haiku with the fragment as the word phrase (the italicized part) of the monoku:

origami a paper boat with memories

a paper boat
I loop from one fold to another

Later, with minor modifications, I attempted to introduce it as braided haiku, a plaited form having a three-line haiku embedded within two short one-liners (monoku). The italic word(s) of the first one-liner acts as a fragment of the following three-line haiku. The second and concluding one-liner acts as a complement component with an overall subtle link and shift.

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Padhy, Pravat Kumar. "Braided Haiku: Shaping Meandering Thoughts." Frogpond 47.2, Spring-Summer, 2024, 156-162.

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Braided Haiku: Shaping Meandering Thoughts
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