NaHaiWriMo #27 buddha




Of course, you can never turn off the neon buddha. He can talk about haiku all night.

power outage

the neon buddha

loses his smile

–haiku by Michael Dylan Welch (published in Daily Haiku)

The neon buddha poems created by Michael Dylan Welch are some of my favorite poems on the web. This one comes from DailyHaiku, but you can read 40 more poems on Michael’s site Graceguts.

Haiku Canada 2015 – Haiku and New Technologies

coasts_and_islandsI gave a talk at the Haiku Canada weekend on Sunday May 17 2015 in Victoria, B.C.

The title of my presentation was: Thousand Islands: Publishing Haiku using new technology, from Twitter Haiku to iPad Haiga


Come explore a real archipelago of publishing options for the web, social media, and beyond.  This presentation offers an overview of the most innovative haiku projects available on new platforms, such as blogs, Twitter haiku, iPad haiga, video poems, podcasts, guerrilla haiku, art installations, and other experiments in the public space.  Jessica Tremblay will show you the best of the best in this lightning speed presentation which aims to inspire you to try new technology for your own projects. Don’t be stuck in one place when there are so many islands to explore!

As promised, here are the links to the websites I talked about. Have fun exploring these new technologies and finding new ways to share your haiku!

If you have a haiku blog, website, twitter account, feel free to share the links with us in the comments section.


Twitter Haiku

iPad haiga

  • Alexis Rotella (some ipad art postcards on her homepage but Alexis Rotella shares her work mainly on her private Facebook page and on Twitter)
  • Kris Kondo (AKA Kris Moon) – shares her work mainly on her private Facebook page




The frog who refused to jump in the pond

The comic where Basho meets a frog who refuses to jump in the pond is now available as a free e-book. Check it out and share it with your friends:


When Basho needs inspiration to finish his haiku, he asks a frog to jump in the pond. But the frog just won’t do it. Will Basho be able to finish his Old Pond poem before sundown? Depends on the frog.

This hilarious story, created during 24 Hour Comics Day in 2010, was revised and is now available in e-book format thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

My haiku life video – The making of (part 2)

My voice is raw from recording Kaeru’s voice for my haiku live video, but the frog finally speaks!

The animation film tells the story of how Kaeru became the Haiku Apprentice. It will be launched on the Haiku Foundation website on April 17 2015 (National Haiku Day!).

Meanwhile, enjoy this “making of “video from Old Pond Comics.

The Making of My Haiku Life video

I’m working on my Haiku Life video: a short animation film about the childhood of Kaeru the haiku apprentice from my Old Pond Comics. Check out the cute tadpole!

The final video will be unveiled on April 17 (National Haiku Day) on The Haiku Foundation website.

Haiku Video inspired by Shiki

I really like this Haiku Video found on Vimeo that was done for a video production class. It uses a modern-style of film-making to illustrate a traditional haiku by Shiki. I like that the spider is not seen but suggested.  It looks great (except for maybe the close-up of the fly).

Haiku Video (School Project) from BambucO Productions on Vimeo.

Best Wishes for 2015 and What Rocked in 2014


op-happy-new-yearHappy New Year!

The beginning of the year is a good time to look back at what you’ve accomplished in the previous year and make new plans for the new year.

In 2014, I created 255 new posts. My readers came from 75 countries.

Here’s a look at the most popular blog posts (the ones that got the most views) in 2014.

I look forward to entertain you some more in 2015 with comics, but also with new columns such as Techno Tuesday (featuring Haiku and New Technology) every Tuesdays.

All the best for 2015!

Jessica Tremblay

Techno Tuesday (Twitter Haiku from Dec. 22-Dec 29)


I’m starting a Techno Tuesday column in which I will share things I’ve found on the web and social media as a proof that haiku has really arrived to the 21st century.

Here are some of my favorite tweets from Dec. 22-Dec 29 2014 by haiku poets Carlos Colon, Johnny Baranski, Johannes S. H. Bjerg and more!


PS This is my first time attempting to embed Twitter in a blog post, so I apologize in advanced if the posts don’t show up correctly (especially for those of you who receive my posts by e-mail). If the Twitter posts are well formatted, you should see the poet’s photograph next to the post. (Works in Firefox, but not in Chrome)

Some Basho Facebook status updates (by Michael Dylan Welch)


In this Techno Tuesday column, I share a hilarious Facebook post by Michael Dylan Welch.


On December 15, Michael Dylan Welch shared on his Facebook page this beautiful Japanese print created by Chet Phillips with the comment: “Basho really should upgrade to a flat-screen monitor, or maybe get a laptop or tablet.

Carmen Sterba pointed out: “Actually, the oddest thing is not the computer but the combination of a dragonfly and cherry blossoms in the same season.

Meanwhile Vladislav Vassiliev replied to Michael’s post: “He does have a laptop. Because they cut him off internet in his Bashoan he goes to the nearby Starbucks to update his Facebook status.”

The funniest thing is what Michael Dylan Welch wrote afterwards. Check this out:

basho using a computer chet phillips

Some Basho Facebook updates:

Monday: Took a walk around the pond today to enjoy the spring sunshine. Heard a frog jump in. Thought I’d write a poem about it.

Tuesday: For so many centuries, poems about frogs have celebrated their croak, so writing about the sound of a frog jumping into the water seems pretty radical. Any of you homies think I should go for it anyway?

Wednesday: Got the last two lines down of my new poem: kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto. But I’m stuck on my first line. Shoot me your suggestions if you’ve got any.

Thursday: Settled on furuike ya for my first line. Thanks, buddy, for the suggestion (you know who you are).

Friday: Decided against the frog legs for dinner.

Written by Michael Dylan Welch

Source: Michael Dylan Welch Facebook page.

Yay Words: tiny haibuns by Aubrie Cox (a blog review)


Aubrie Cox. Yay Words! @ A Blog Review

by Jessica Tremblay, Burnaby, British Columbia

Published in Frogpond, 37:3 (Winter 2014)


Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

During the month of June 2014, I really enjoyed reading the tiny haibun (or “tibun”) that Aubrie Cox published on her blog Yay Words!

Aubrie describes her blog as “[a] celebration of language and the written word (with a little art on the side).” Some poets might know Aubrie from the Doodleku she led on her blog for many months: she would post a drawing and ask poets to write an accompanying poem in the comments. But in June, there was a sudden shift in her blog postings as she started writing very short prose followed by a haiku.



Living Things
I’ve yet to visit since you moved into the mausoleum. Every poem could be my last. Guess I’ve social anxiety even among the dead.

Sunday in the park
butterfly shadow
between the bells[1]

Her haibun reminded me of tanbun, a genre invented by Larry Kimmel, which is a combination of a short prose of 31 or less syllables followed by haiku or tanka. Aubrie replied to my comment on her blog by saying: “A little over a year ago I discovered hint fiction, which is fiction in 25 words or less. After experimenting, I started doing these haibun with prose within those confines.”

Whether her haibun are facts or fiction, they are highly effective in emotionally engaging the reader.

 White Balance
 You arrive at the Star of Hope Mausoleum, only to find it locked in the minutes you sat in the car working up your nerve.

sun showers
she brings hot tea
without asking            [2]

Rabby by Aubrie Cox from Yay Words 2014doodleku03

Drawing by Aubrie Cox (


Aubrie occasionally adds link within the prose or haiku, adding an element of interactivity to the poem.

Signs of Life
Tufts of fox fur litter the end of the drive. You look everywhere for blood before it rains.

green tomatoes
of the human face[3] 

Drawing by Aubrie Cox fox sleeping2014doodleku14

Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

In this poem, the link takes you to an article explaining how the human face evolved as a result of physical violence: the tiny bones becoming more robust as a mean of protection against small impacts such as the impact of human fists.

The titles of Aubrie’s haibun also caught my attention: they are beautiful, poetic, and can stand by themselves, almost like short poems: Sporadic Flu Activity (June 25), 81% of the Moon is Illuminated (June 16), Meteorological Summer (June 2).

Beyond the Limit of Astronomical Twilight

I convince myself fireflies are varying shades of yellow and green like vaseline glass.That my hips don’t hurt when I run.That we’re talking.

cilantro seeds—
all my favorite
B-side songs[4]  

Drawing by Aubrie Cox moon2014doodleku05

Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

Sometimes there is some kind of association between the title and the haibun, but oftentimes there doesn’t seem to be any link between the title and the piece, which adds a touch of surrealism to the haibun. When I asked her where her title ideas came from, Aubrie wrote: “One good place for titles and/or inspiration is’s charts and stats for your area.”

When I looked on the website (which is a local weather app), I did see Sporadic Flu Activity as one of the headlines for my area. Great title for a haibun! What a clever appropriation of weather terms for poetic purposes!

Today is Forecast to Be Nearly the Same Temperature As Yesterday
You rarely write about sound. You explain there are two types of pain. You wonder if there are any other stories left in you.

cool after the rain…
mosquito larvae twist
in on themselves[5]

Drawing of bamboo crane by Aubrie Cox from Yay Words

Drawing by Aubrie Cox (

Here, the image of “mosquito larvae twisting in on themselves” is surprising.  We often read the same image, over and over, in haiku. It is nice to read something new and original in a poem. I said as much in a comment on her blog, and Aubrie replied: “I’ve been trying hard to find something new and fresh, though I’ve definitely caught myself sliding into some old habits here and there.”

Aubrie serves as the haiga editor for the online haikai journal A Hundred Gourds. After graduating from Millikin University with a B.A. in English literature and writing, she completed her M.A. in English creative writing at Ball State University in 2013.

According to the About me section on her website, “Aubrie Cox went to university to write a novel; she came out writing haiku. It’s worked out pretty well so far.” [6]

Considering the tibun on Yay Words! I’d say things have worked out well, too.



[1] Aubrie Cox, “Living Things.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 16, 2014 from

[2] Cox, “White Balance.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 24, 2014 from

[3] Cox, “Signs of Life.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 10, 2014 from

[4] Cox, “Beyond the Limit of Astronomical Twilight.” Yay Words!, retrieved June 5, 2014 from

[5] Cox, “Today is Forecast to Be Nearly the Same Temperature As Yesterday.” Yay Words!, retrieved on June 11 2014 from



Jessica Tremblay is the author of Old Pond Comics published in Frogpond and at In 2013, she was the official cartoonist-in-residence at Haiku North America, Seabeck Haiku Getaway and Haiku Hot Springs. In 2014 she received a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Writers to continue exploring the new genre of “haiku-comics.”