Words: Haiku on Paper



Did you know many haiku poets are also paper artists? Among them, Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Radmore, Steve Addiss, and more, will have artwork in the international exhibit Words: Haiku on paper in Whitehorse, Yukon. The exhibit coincide with the Haiku Canada conference in May 2016.

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I created some haiku-origami pieces for the exhibit. Not sure if they’ll be in the final exhibit or not. I mean, I was told they will be, but it seems unbelievable that my work would be exhibited next to international artists, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

I’m keeping the final artworks a secret, but you’ll find above an earlier version of “Childless” with the frog origami not yet mounted.

Any artwork not selected for the final show will be featured in store windows on Main street during the conference. It’s gonna be great to see haiku everywhere in Whitehorse during the Haiku Canada conference. Thanks to Helen O’Connor for curating the exhibit.


Haiku Postcards by Marco Fraticelli (Mail Art)

marcofraticellipostcard3If you’re lucky enough to be friends with Marco Fraticelli – a haiku poet from Montreal and publisher of the famous Hexagram series with King’s Road Press – you probably know that he sends out haiku postcards every year. “Twice a year (new year & summer), I send out a postcard to my haiku friends. I have done this uninterrupted for the last 28 years,” confessed Marco in an e-mail to me last December.

The Haiku Postcards

I had heard about these mythical postcards that Marco was sending, but I had never seen one.  Marco quickly sent me a package containing a selection of a dozen postcards dated between 1993 and 2014. It was great to receive so many cards at once, as it allowed me to see the evolution in formats and style. “In some cases, the back of the postcard is relevant but in others I just used free postcards given out by the Quebec liquor Board as a [promotional] vehicle,” wrote Marco.

postcards-educalcool-coversThe Material

I like Marco’s idea of using whatever material you find around you to write a haiku. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can grab a bunch of free postcards or even write your haiku on a piece of cardboard cut out from the back of a cookie box, like Marco did in January 1993: marcofraticellipostcard7cookiehaikumarcofraticellipostcard7cookiebox Whatever you use (free postcards or recycled material), it’s what you write in the back that counts:


The Haiku Poem

Not only are Marco’s poems good, but the use of rubber stamps adds a touch of colour. The fact that the poems are handwritten, dated, numbered, as well as signed by hand, makes this a collectable piece that haiku poets and friends will cherish. marcofraticellipostcard1


Around the year 2005, instead of postcards, Marco started sending a photo-haiku collage on photographic paper. The photo (usually featuring himself, alone or with his baby grandchild) is always related to the haiku.  Although the poem is printed, Marco continued to date, sign and number the poems by hand.  Marco makes on average 85 copies of each postcards marcofraticellipostcard8countingdays

marco-postcard-6The Seven Stages of Writing

It was a nice surprise when Marco contacted me in December 2014 regarding an idea he had for his upcoming New Year postcard. He asked if he could buy 100 copies of my little book “Seven Stages of Writing” to send out to his friends as part of his “New Year haiku greeting card” series. “This year I thought I might do something entirely different and send out your book with my haiku written on the back.” sevenstagessideDSCN5340 I immediately agreed. I sent him the file (after deleting what was on the back page so  Marco would have room to write his haiku) and Marco printed the book (in color!), assembled it, wrote a haiku in the back, signed, dated and stamped it, to finally mail it on January 13 2015. seven-stagesbackDSCN5353 I really like this idea of sharing haiku through the mail. “It’s hard for me to believe that I have been sending them out uninterrupted summer and winter all these years,” wrote Marco. “Yes, they have evolved and if this project works, your mini-book will take them in a whole new direction.” sevenstagesbackDSCN5341 I hope you enjoy the gift of my little book… brought to you by the amazing and generous Marco Fraticelli. If you did not receive a copy, you can purchase the original zine The Seven Stages of Writing (b&w, without Marco’s poem) on my online store.

Haiku-Comics (zine)


IMG_3894 This zine by Old Pond Comics features forty haiku-comics inspired by poems of famous Japanese poets Basho, Issa, Buson and more!

IMG_3887 Inside the booklet, the haiku-comics are separated by seasons.

IMG_3893The center-fold is a series of 4 haiku-comics on Kobayashi Issa’s snail haiku (my favorites).

It’s important to put good comics in the centre because that’s where the book naturally opens when people browse.

IMG_3886Some winter haiku-comics featuring haiku by Kobayashi Issa and Buson.

IMG_3876The cover features a print from Hokusai’s “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.

IMG_3888The back cover features a little portrait of Kobayashi Issa (the main source of inspiration for my haiku-comics).

The zine will be for sale at Canzine this Nov.8 and on the Old Pond Comics online store .

How to write a haiku (mini zine)


IMG_3845Here’s my second mini-zine, “How to Write a Haiku”, that will be launched at Canzine this November 8th.

IMG_3847The story is: a frog goes for a walk to get inspiration to write a haiku and things go wrong.

IMG_3851The frog gets a little bit too “hands-on” with a wasps’ nest.

IMG_3871And when she stops to take some notes… the nest falls.

IMG_3860Good news is she still manages to write haiku.

IMG_3861She shows it to her haiku master.

IMG_3863I guess she’ll have to write another one.

IMG_3867This zine will be available at Canzine and on the Old Pond Comics online store in 2015.

Cherry Blossom fan book (zine)



This fan book (featuring some of my cherry blossom haiku) will be available at Canzine this Sat. Nov. 8  and on my Old Pond Comics online store.


When the zine is closed, it’s a simple cherry petal.


You open each petal to reveal the poems.


The fan book features some of my cherry blossom poems from the VCBF Haiku Invitational contest.


I was inspired to make this zine after seeing other fan books. I thought, “It’s a technique I could use to make a cherry blossom zine!” It’s made with five petals reunited by a bracket. So simple, isn’t it?

Basho Frog Haiku (interactive zine)



Old Pond Comics will have a table at Canzine in Vancouver, B.C. this Saturday November 8. 


One of the items for sale will be this interactive flap book featuring translations of Basho’s poem “Old Pond / A frog jumps in / the sound of the water”  (from the website Matsuo Bashô: Frog Haiku (Thirty-one Translations and One Commentary). 


You can turn the flaps and change each line, for endless possibilities.


Check it out.

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Frog Haiku will be available for sale at Canzine this Saturday Nov. 8, as well as on my Old Pond Comics online store.

The Seven Stages of Writing (a zine by Jessica Tremblay)


Old Pond Comics will have a table at Canzine in Vancouver, B.C. this Saturday November 8. I’ll be launching a new Old Pond Comics collection of Haiku-Comics and a series of  mini-zines. Here is one of the mini-zines: “The Seven Stages of Writing”.




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“The Seven Stages of Writing” will be available for sale at Canzine this Saturday, as well as on my website Old Pond Comics in 2015 on my online store.

Haikuseum – haiku display by Michael Dylan Welch

At the Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2014, there was a Haikuseum (prepared by Michael Dylan Welch) that was showcasing clever ways to display your haiku on bookmarks, artwork, business cards, origami, rock, interactive book, etc.

Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the inspiration!


Display of haiku by Michael Dylan Welch



Cherry blossom festival


Clever haiku design


More haiku museum pieces.


Michael Dylan Welch and the Haiku Northwest group has been using lots of creativity to bring haiku in the community, including during the recent Haiku on Sticks event.


Daily Haiku by Haiku Andy

op_haiku_photo_andyOld Pond Comics featuring a Daily Haiku by Haiku Andy (used with permission):

between the horsefly

and the perfect spring morning

my kitchen window

— Andrew O. Dugas (Haiku Andy)

Every day, Haiku Andy writes a haiku on an index card, takes a picture, posts it on social media, and mails the card to someone. The pictures are always beautiful and the haiku on the card depicts a moment from Andy’s life.