One of my accepted haibun has just been published. You can find it here – as usual you need to scroll down to the name Simon Wilson. If the author’s bio is still there, don’t believe a word of it as it refers to Simon Hanson – he is more erudite, more interesting and, I have to confess, better looking. I’m quite happy with the substitution but if he ever visits this blog, sees that I write limericks, live a dull suburban life and look like I sleep in the woods, he may not be impressed.
The other haibun are all worth reading, though I must admit to being mystified by some of them. That’s why the writing of haibun is such an interesting area. There are several that I read and think “I could have written that!” but I didn’t. Sometimes that’s because I just didn’t connect something I’d seen to the possibility of a haibun, and other times it’s because I couldn’t make the subject work. I still have a lot to learn.
Some of them, as I say mystify me. I have a few things to do this afternoon, but this evening I will re-read the magazine several times and let things sink in. Enlightenment may come. Or, if there is anything good on TV, I may abandon the deep reading and just accept that I’m a Philistine.
Just in case you didn’t click on the last link, here it is again.
In other poetic news I was turned down by another editor, but as they are young, dynamic and cutting edge it is hardly a surprise that I can’t produce what they want. I did have a note from another editor, suggesting changes, which I made. I haven’t heard back yet, which is a worry, last time this happened the rewrite was turned down, leaving me with both a feeling of rejection and a loss of integrity. I’ll pretty much alter anything to get published (I am such a needy egotist) but when you alter it and still get turned down it’s a double blow.
I didn’t see the bio but that doesn’t matter. Great Haibun – I’m glad it was published. It is a powerful piece, evocative the sense of autumn and the cycle of life.
Thank you. It had actually been rejected three times before – I changed it a bit after the first one but pretty much left it alone after that. Just goes to show.
The bio was much better than mine as he’s a well known Tasmanian poet.
It is a beautiful piece. I agree, good work!
Thank you. As I said to Jodie, it’s good to get a second opinion.
So exciting! It’s a beautiful piece, and I love the look of that magazine. Well done, sir! Congratulations.
Thank you. I am, as usual torn between thoughts of smugness and thoughts of imposter syndrome, so it’s nice to get another view.
I enjoyed the haibun and the whole magazine is quite stylish. Congratulations.
Thank you. And I just won £2.20 on Euromillions. 🙂 Looks like we’re both in the money.
Cue for a song.
Well done. Good work
Thank you Derrick. 🙂
“I write limericks, live a dull suburban life and look like I sleep in the woods” Best. Bio. Ever.
I may try it next time I need one. 🙂
congratulations Simon. Love your piece. 👏👏👏❤️ Cindy
Thank you. I always start worrying when I see something in print.
You are most welcome. Too funny! 🤣
I just looked at your Drifting Sands Haibun piece. You are Simon Wilson, yes? Congratulations. It’s a very strong piece.
Thank you Ray. It’s good to get another opinion because when I read an accepted piece I always start to worry about whether it’s good enough. 🙂