Friday, September 7, 2012

A new haiku project

I've posted before about how I love haiku -- but to find them, not to write them.  A few months ago I started a new project, to find haiku in junk mail.  I scrutinize the letters for haiku phrases, then paste them on the envelopes.

At some point when I think I have enough, I plan to bind them into a book, perhaps arranged in chapters -- environment, financial services, telecommunication, etc.

But meanwhile I'm just concentrating on processing my mail into poetry.

Many of the haiku end up being pretty accurate synopses of the dire situations described in the appeal letters.

Others echo the appeals themselves.

Some are a call to action.

Others don't bother to appeal to your higher nature -- just to your greed.

I'll post again as the project takes shape.