"Pretend to be good always, and even God will be fooled." — Kurt Vonnegut
the haiku year
Tom Gilroy, Douglas A. Martin, Michael Stipe, Jim McKay, Rick ‘Biscuit’ Roth, Anna Grace, and Grant Phillips
Soft Skull Press
This project was never intended to be a book. It started amidst an REM/Grant Lee Buffalo tour as a year-long creative practice between a group of friends. We all committed to snail-mailing each other one haiku a week for a year, no matter where we were. I took the poems and some of the mail to Soft Skull on a whim, and we made it into a book. It spawned dozens of similar projects around the world, won an American Library Association award, and went into a second printing with additional pages and a new introduction by Steve Earle. We even got fan mail!
Some 25 years later, it even spawned a mystery of sorts;