As I was exploring Twitter outreach for my project, Scrawlers, I learned there is a significant population of folks writing haiku on Twitter. It makes sense; haiku is about the only legitimate art form that fits properly into a tweet. Six word stories are a fun diversion, but I grow tired of them rather quickly.

Haiku is not only about content, but also meter. As with any form of poetry, haiku begs to be read out loud and appreciated beyond a prosaic level. Haiku at its best is a short verse of music.

The usefulness of Twitter may be argued at length. It seems to me the ability to quickly publish and share haiku with anyone who wants to see it is pretty utilitarian. The presentational aspect of haiku on Twitter leaves a lot to be desired. This is where Hai to the Ku enters the picture.

Twitter, haiku and you: Hai to the Ku

Hai to the Ku grabs a large pile of the latest tweets tagged with “#haiku” and presents them to you in a slowly descending stream. Take a break from the daily grind to read melodic writings of the Twitter poets in residence.

Add your own voice to the stream. Haiku rules are a 3-line verse with 5-7-5 syllables. Haiku typically expresses feeling or mood and does not rhyme. Simply tweet "5 / 7 / 5 #haiku" and look for your poem in the stream.

Looking forward to seeing your writing at Hai to the Ku.

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