The Gone Missing by Joseph Aversano (Marilyn McCabe)

Selected for the 2023 Haiku North America Haibun Film Festival. Browse the other selections.

Marilyn McCabe’s second full-length collection of poems, Glass Factory, was published by The Word Works in 2016, and her second chapbook, Being Many Seeds, was published in 2020 by Grayson Books. She’s based in upstate New York.

She included this note: “The haiku portion of the haibun form often sounds to me like a whisper. Mr. Aversano’s piece felt so intimate to me that a soft delivery of the prose portion and a silent haiku felt appropriate for the video, and fit perfectly with the video footage of moving mist I captured in the Adirondacks one day.”

Judges’ statement: “Beautiful footage in black and white, the soft floating mist and soft clouds contrasting with the spiky lines of the tree in the foreground, creating an unnerving and strong sense of cataract and uncertainty.”

Joseph Salvatore Aversano is a native New Yorker currently living on the Central Anatolian steppe with his wife Asu. His poems have been published in numerous journals and some have been awarded or anthologized. He is the founding curator of Half Day Moon Press and editor of Half Day Moon Journal. We chose five different films that used his haibun, “The Gone Missing,” intrigued that so many filmmakers chose to work with it, and eager to show the variety of approaches that poetry filmmakers can take.

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