from “147 Million Orphans: A Haybun”

Author Note:

A "haybun" is a combination of hay(na)ku and other text. The hay(na)ku (http://haynakupoetry.blogspot.com) is a 21st century diasporic poetic form invented by the poet; its core is a tercet-based stanza with the first line being one word, the second line being two words, and the third line being three words. Each word forming a hay(na)ku in "147 Million Orphans" is listed chronologically from an 8th grade project by the poet's adopted son, Michael, to learn English by studying 25 new words a week.


Eileen Tabios

EILEEN R. TABIOS loves books and has released about 40 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her most recent are THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2016) and INVENTORY: Selected Catalog Poems and New 1996-1915 (Dos Madres Press, 2015).


JUNE 2011

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