In June of 2005 I was at a conference in Pittsburgh and used the opportunity to visit one of the best bookstores in the world (Copacetic Comics). There I picked up a copy of the first of Snakepit anthology, a collection of the daily comics Ben Snakepit decided to start drawing several years ago.
Reading it late at night, I had the idea to do something similar: write a haiku a day, collect them up at the end of the month, and send them to friends. My friends and I have a penchant for communicating in haiku --- there are times when we'll just send them back and forth on our mailing list for a day. And while I don't mean for it to be a diary (like Ben's comic is), what you have in your hands sometimes reflects what was happening that day, or what I happened to be thinking about.
Note to purists: while the Japanese poem form known as the Haiku has more behind it than the 5/7/5 syllable form, that's all I'm using it for. I like the restriction of trying to communicate an idea in only seventeen syllables.
Feel free to print yourself out a copy. If you'd like to receive one by mail, send me something. It could be anything: something you've made, a postcard, a letter, an interesting clipping, a doodle you made on a napkin, whatever.
Thomas L. Kula
P.O. Box 250138
New York NY 10025
The haikus for a particular month are sent out near the beginning of the following month, and appear online here a month after that. Or so.