1,001 Haiku Postcards

Inscribed, photographed, and mailed to random people around the world


The back of the postcard said it all:

Every day, I write a haiku and publish it via social media.
Every day, I physically inscribe that same haiku on a single postcard and mail it to someone in the world.
Today, that someone is you.

This project began on March 1, 2012 and completed on November 26, 2014 when I sent out the 1,001st postcard.

Did you get a postcard from me? Cool. I’d love to know your reaction.

Why you? Why NOT you?


The Daily Haiku Actual Postcard began as a confluence of two ideas: The Rumpus’s Letters in the Mail , which reminded me that in this day of electronic, virtual communication, it’s extra sweet to get something interesting in your mailbox; Pam Benjamin, who reminded me (actually, she passionately insisted) that a poem written on a piece of physical paper constitutes a unique, and therefore worthy of love, artifact.

I cross-posted the haiku and their photos to Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and other places I have forgotten because it’s all so automatic these days.


This blog will shortly morph into an archive for the project.

30 comments on “WTF?

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  2. Ilana DeBare
    March 6, 2012

    Great idea! Do you mail them to people you know, or to random people from a phonebook?

    • haikuandy
      March 6, 2012

      Both! I’ll get yours from the Squaw material ;D

  3. Siolo Thompson
    March 20, 2012

    I love this idea so much. If you ever want to do a book of your Haiku adventure I will illustrate it for you.

    • haikuandy
      March 20, 2012

      I would be honored. No idea where to begin. Maybe time will tell?

  4. Sherry Richert Belul
    March 22, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! It warms my heart just to read about it. 🙂

  5. Anna
    March 28, 2012

    Thank you! What a nice surprise to be found in a green mailbox – taken inside to a tiny wooden red house far north.

    My dog on the couch, snout perched toward the window, waits for the sunrise.

    • haikuandy
      April 2, 2012

      Thanks, Anna! Although that haiku postcard was addressed someone not named Anna. Glad you enjoyed it no matter what.

  6. Lesa Lessard Pearson
    April 12, 2012

    A daily haiku
    For Lesa Lessard Pearson
    Words cannot express.

  7. Francina
    April 23, 2012

    Hello Andrew,
    I received your postcard Haiku! Thank you so much for sending me such a lovely Haiku. This is a great project and the postcard looks real neat!

    camellia blossoms
    hard pink in the morning sun –
    what else have I missed?

    Ciao, Francina

  8. Beena
    April 23, 2012

    Thank you for the great postcard. <keep it coming….BV

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  10. Amy
    February 7, 2013

    Oh my gosh! I so love this idea! 😀

  11. Graphite Bunny
    March 11, 2013

    Thank you very much for my postcard which arrived this morning. Fabulous. I will take a picture of it against the backdrop of the Rhondda (UK) and email you the result. Your haiku comes to me every morning as I do freewriting before work. Or If I am on the early shift then as I am on the bus into work. Keep up the amazing writing. Benjamin (Graphite Bunny).

    • haikuandy
      March 22, 2013

      I’m so glad it made it all the way across the pond. I look forward to the photo!

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  13. Jonathan Shearer
    July 13, 2013

    What people say here is interesting and true.

    I have another chapter in my personal Haiku story.

    Anyway, it’s true. There is a bit more than a a random ‘project’ now. it’s organic, and has grown into something your never expected.

    There should be
    A book, a movie
    And a poem

  14. Michelle
    May 23, 2014

    What a wonderful thing to do. Have you heard of etegami? The premise behind the watercolor of an object is to sent that postcard on, you don’t keep it. Wonderful concept. Thank you very much for sharing. I just signed up today and will spend some time reading.

    • haikuandy
      May 25, 2014

      Thanks, Michelle. After all is written and photographed and posted, I mail the haiku postcard to someone selected at random. If you want your name in the hat, send me your address.

  15. Michelle
    May 25, 2014

    Thank you for your consideration, throw me into that hat please 🙂 I would be thrilled.
    Michelle Lum Ho
    [address deleted for Michelle’s prviacy]
    I found your site searching for thoughts of a haiku for a rooster mixed media piece I’m working on. Eyes wide open in happiness and joy, thank you! Michelle

    • haikuandy
      May 25, 2014

      Done! You’re in the hat! Thanks again for your encouragement. I will delete your response so your address is not there for all the world to see!

  16. noellevignola
    September 11, 2014

    This is awesome. I love getting mail, but I must confess I love the idea of some stranger finding a haiku in their mailbox. How do I get involved?

  17. noellevignola
    November 29, 2014

    Just arrived. So delighted as it was one of my favorite ones this past week. Made my day, my friend!

    • haikuandy
      November 30, 2014

      I’m glad it made it to you. Thanks for participating!

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  19. prospermind
    December 29, 2014

    This is such an amazing idea. I wonder, have you ever sent one of your post cards to europe? or even to germany? 😉
    And, if you’re sending these post cards to random people, do you leave an address or a way behind on your post cards for people to give you feedback?
    Wonderful concept, I’m glad I took the time to discover and explore your blog.
    Best wishes,
    prospermind. 😉

    • haikuandy
      December 29, 2014

      Thanks! It’s very gratifying to know you enjoy my work. The project was very rewarding. The last postcard was sent on November 26 of this year. That was the 1,001st postcard and it seemed like a good place to wrap it up.

      Yes, my haiku postcards found their way to many countries around the world, including Germany, England, Ireland, Greece, France, Italy, Sweden, and Norway.

      The postcards included the web site (haikuandy.com) and many people did reply back. Some even sent photos of themselves holding the postcards.

      Thanks for writing!


  20. PuppyDoc (Phoebe)
    January 17, 2016

    Love your blog! And love the idea. 🙂 Best, phoebe

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