Hello again to all my wonderful readers! Two years of daily haiku have gone by, and I’d like to thank you for following me this far down a path whose length I had no idea of when I took my first steps onto it. When I first started this experiment, I thought it might peter out in a few months. Instead, we’re about to set out on our third year together!

Here are some announcements about the coming year, as well as about some other creative ventures of mine:

And that’s it for now. Thank you again for following Haiku Diem through my first two years. I hope you’ll enjoy Year Three!

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Year Three News: from letter to spirit

4:39 pm July 8, 2012

Hello again to all my wonderful readers! Two years of daily haiku have gone by, and I’d like to thank you for following me this far down a path whose length I had no idea of when I took my first steps onto it. When I first started this experiment, I thought it might peter out in a few months. Instead, we’re about to set out on our third year together!

Here are some announcements about the coming year, as well as about some other creative ventures of mine:

  • First of all, there will in fact be a third year. However, I’ll be changing the rules a bit. Longtime readers will know that when I started this feed, I wrote my haiku in the popular 5-7-5 form, but then changed to 3-5-3 for my second year. As I explained, this was partly to keep things interesting for me and partly to get closer to the sound of “real” haiku. (Or at least, to the sound of original Japanese haiku and the more serious haiku published in English these days.) This year, I’m going to take another step along that road: I won’t be following any syllabic structure at all! When I can, I’ll still stick to 3-5-3 or 5-7-5, but when a given haiku wants to take some other form, I’ll let it. I hope this will result in even better poetry, more in accord with the spirit of haiku.
  • The Best of Year One, a book collection of the best haiku from my first year illustrated by four great artists, is nearing completion and should be available in the fall NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! You can see some samples of their work here, and I’ll be posting more as the release date approaches. (The image above is a sneak preview as well: one small patch of one of the illustrations, by artist Kathryn Briggs.)
  • Work on a Best of Year Two book has also begun, and I’m hoping it will be ready early next year.
  • If you follow Haiku Diem on Facebook and find you don’t always see my posts, you might try this: Go to the Haiku Diem page and hover your mouse over the “Liked” button in the upper right area of the page. A popup menu should appear. Make sure that the “Show in news feed” item is checked. I don’t know if this will guarantee that you’ll always see the daily haiku from that point on, but it should help. “Like”ing the occasional post should also help. 🙂 That tells Facebook that you’re generally interested in the contents of a feed.
  • Those of you who would like to read some of my other writing on the web can find it through my website: http://www.FreemanNg.net
  • Of particular interest might be a YA retelling of the life of Joan of Arc I’m trying to get published right now. In March of 2011, I devoted a week of daily haiku to a haiku sequence based on Joan. You can read it again, and learn more about my book, here.
  • Finally, those with a general interest in poetry or politics might enjoy this video series I’ve just launched, in which I interview a former university professor of mine, Peter Dale Scott, about his book-length poem on the 1965 Indonesian massacre, which former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass called “the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time.”

And that’s it for now. Thank you again for following Haiku Diem through my first two years. I hope you’ll enjoy Year Three!