What with that whole earth-spinning-on-its-axis and international-date-line thing, NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo comes earlier to some of us than others. In fact, by the time first day of April rolls around to NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo headquarters in Washington, DC, it’s already well into the day for many of our participants.

Normally, our daily posts, with a featured participant, optional prompt, and link to an interview with a poet will go live each day at midnight DC time. But for those of you who want to get a jump on things (either because it’s already April 1 where you are or, who knows, maybe you’re just a glutton for poetry!), here’s a special early-bird prompt: the haibun!

The haibun is a combination of prose poem and haiku. It was originally developed as a sort of travelogue or character sketch , in which the writer would first describe a place in prose, and then pen a haiku appropriate to the place or scene. You can find an explanation and example haibun here, and many more examples here.

For those of you getting a jump-start on April, happy writing! As for the rest of you, I’ll see you back here tomorrow with our first “official” prompt, featured participant and interview.

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