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Michael Dylan Welch is spearheading NaHaiWriMo, or, National Haiku Writing Month.

Write one haiku a day for the month of February! Why February? Because it’s the shortest month—for the world’s shortest form of poetry. Join poets around the world who pledge to write at least one haiku a day during NaHaiWriMo, the shortest month of the year.

See the for links on Why “No 5-7-5”?, participation and haiku in general and tips like these:

Get a notebook and start jotting down your poems each day, based on things you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Haiku are poems of experience that create an emotional effect, first in you, and then in the reader, if you craft the poem effectively.

Share your poems with others to get feedback and see which ones work best. Sometimes just sharing is enough, withough seeking feedback, but pay attention if your readers particularly like certain poems but not others, and try to figure out why.

If you can’t wait for February, you can start now, or segue in with InNaSmaStoMo for January. In a Small Stone Month. What is a small stone? A small stone is a polished moment of paying proper attention.

A river of stones, a project to cultivate awareness of moments sort of like a bigger version of one million footnotes. Or isolating that sensation of moment like Odd Inkwell does. Any of these are about paying attention, being in and valuing the moment you are in.

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  1. Thanks for plugging NaHaiWriMo, Pearl. Much appreciated. Seems like it will be a worthwhile thing to try, and by sustaining a haiku practice daily for at least a month, I hope more people can get into the haiku habit, and reap the many rewards that such a practice will produce.

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