Frank J. Tassone – American Haijin

Wind and water

another haikai poet

takes the stage



I am your host, Frank J. Tassone. If you love haiku, tanka, haibun and assorted styles of free verse poetry, you have found the website you have been looking for.

Enjoy links to my published work in Image Curve, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, and Cattails. Or savor haiku courtesy of my twitter feed. Stay tuned for exciting announcements.

Thank you for coming!


The Journey Begins

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with the single step,” said Lao Tzu.

But he’s dead.

This journey ahead frightens me to my core. Twisting crags, breakneck switchbacks and a legion of thorns and brambles lay on the path. I shudder at every letter as a riot of voices shout down the one that matters most.

The choice is simple. Don’t walk. Then endure the choking frustration of a vocation denied. Walk. Then experience the joy, sorrow and glory of every comedic, tragic and transcendent step and sing it anew.

“Decision made. Whatever happens, happens.”

I step out!

Deep silence—

First handwriting on

A blank page



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Other Haikai:

  • Conflicted Expectations, Contemporary Haibun  v. 14 (Red Moon Press)
  • First Visit to Dad’s Grave, Contemporary Haibun, v. 15 (Red Moon Press)
  • “sudden rain…” A Splash of Water, HSA Members Anthology 2015
  • “splattered raindrops…”Full of Moonlight, HSA Members Anthology 2016
  • NEW! “Christmas Truce…” Earthrise Rolling Haiku Collaboration(p. 39), THF, 2017
  • NEW! “Coffee in bed…” Haiku in the Workplace: Working From Home, THF2017
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