my friend laura and i have had projects from way back. five years ago we began 'the haiku year,' where each of us wrote a haiku every day for a year. i compiled it all into a book, and when i was home recently, we went through it and basically relived a year that included so much joy, pain, romance, and change. we decided it was time to do it again. we tried to find other projects that would be sustainable for a year's time, but everything else was either too difficult, or not creative enough to maintain interest. the great thing about the haikus is that if you're having an awful day and the last thing you want to do is sit down and write a damn poem, your entry for the day can be:
and you're done. we're using the 'american haiku' form, which does not pay attention to syllables. there is still effort to condense a moment to it's most minimalist form, but the 5, 7, 5 syllable structure doesn't really translate from japanese.
last time we emailed the haikus. this time we've started a blog.
oh and laura, it's appropriate :)