The back of the postcard said it all:
Every day, I write a haiku and publish it via social media.
Every day, I inscribe that same haiku on a single postcard and mail it to someone in the world.
Today, that someone is you.
I started this project as a way to expand and intensify my daily haiku practice. Although I’d been doing a daily haiku for years, I only started sending out the postcards in March 2012. In April 2012, I began posing and photographing the card, and posting the photo along with the haiku itself.
That first experiment wrapped up in November 2014, after 1,001 haiku postcards had gone out.
However, in August 2022, I started back up again. I just can’t quit you, haiku! If you want a card, please request one here.
Did you get a postcard from me? Cool. I’d love to know your reaction.
Why you? Why NOT you?
34 thoughts on “What Exactly is Going On Here?”
Great idea! Do you mail them to people you know, or to random people from a phonebook?
Both! I’ll get yours from the Squaw material ;D
I love this idea so much. If you ever want to do a book of your Haiku adventure I will illustrate it for you.
I would be honored. No idea where to begin. Maybe time will tell?
What a wonderful idea! It warms my heart just to read about it. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Anna! Although that haiku postcard was addressed someone not named Anna. Glad you enjoyed it no matter what.
A daily haiku
For Lesa Lessard Pearson
Words cannot express.
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!
hard pink in the morning sun –
what else have I missed?
Thank you for the great postcard. <keep it coming….BV
Oh my gosh! I so love this idea! 😀
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).
I’m so glad it made it all the way across the pond. I look forward to the photo!
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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?
Thanks! If you want to receive a card, look here: https://haikuandy.com/daily-haiku-actual-postcard/request-a-postcard/
If you want to send a card, you’re on your own!
Just arrived. So delighted as it was one of my favorite ones this past week. Made my day, my friend!
I’m glad it made it to you. Thanks for participating!
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.
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!
It’s been a while but I am sending out postcards again. If you want one, let me know!
Love your blog! And love the idea. 🙂 Best, phoebe
Thank you, Doc!
This is such a creative idea, Andy! Where do you get all the blank postcards from?
Store? Blank postcards are easy to find!
I’ve never looked for ’em, I guess!