A Cezanne Haibun


Combining memoir, anecdote, travel journal, prose poem, diary and essay Maitreyabandhu’s A Cézanne Haibunrecords a month spent alone in the Sierra Aitana mountains.

‘Haibun’ – a term first coined by the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō in a letter to a disciple in 1690 – alternates prose with haiku or haiku-like poems.

These are unforgettable meditations on the life and work of the post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906).


Maitreyabandhu won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and the Basil Bunting Award. His first pamphlet, The Bond was the winner of the Poetry Book & Pamphlet Competition, judged by Simon Armitage (2010). The Bond was subsequently shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. His second pamphlet Vita Brevis was a Poetry Book Society Choice. His debut collection, The Crumb Road (Bloodaxe, 2013) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Sean O’Brien in The Guardian praised it for its “rich, melancholy modesty… to spend time with it enriches our attention.” Yarn, also with Bloodaxe, was published in 2015. His book-length sequence, After Cézanne, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe (2019). Maitreyabandhu is the founder of PoetryEast and has interviewed poets such as Jorie Graham, Michael Longley and Robert Hass. He lives at the London Buddhist Centre and has been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for 28 years. He has written three books on Buddhism.