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 thoughts on “WTF?

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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).

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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

    1. 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!

  7. 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. 😉

    1. 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 ( and many people did reply back. Some even sent photos of themselves holding the postcards.

      Thanks for writing!


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