Cover Photo: An illustration of a mother watching her daughter in the bathroom
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Haibun on the High Bun

everything shifts as she twists and spins her hair, lifting it to chignon. / So self-assured, as if the gesture were always hers

Haibun on the High Bun

hummingbird though she changes, flits about, becomes new.


To read an essay by Amanda Moore about writing haibuns, click here.

Amanda's debut poetry collection, REQUEENING (Ecco 2021), was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA and Best New Poets, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, and Hippocampus Magazine. She is a Poetry Editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader for Bull City Press. A high school teacher, Amanda lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More at