Initially the goal was to produce a collection with one poem per doodle. As the “I Doodle, You ’Ku” challenge continued, I started to receive comments such as, “I don’t know how you’re going to pick just one!” Although some matches came easily, I was quickly beginning to share the sentiment. I frequently reviewed the poems, added and took away from my list of favorites, and left some for another day. I wanted to keep the collaborative spirit of March alive and showcase a range of voices, which made it even more difficult to choose among so many amazing poems. Finally, I realized that no, I couldn’t pick just one to pair with each doodle. Although I did finally settle on one poem to pair with each doodle, I allowed myself to also include up to five additional poems written in response to the doodles.
I remained hands-off during March when posting the doodles, but I want everyone who participated to know that I read every poem every day. I’m still touched by the community and communication that built around these doodles, and how everyone was so kind to one another, how they tried their best (even when playing around) and came back for more day after day, doodle after doodle (and occasionally going back to a doodle to add more).
In short: thank you. Doodleku on.
23 June, 2012
*Technical note: Typically, I try my best to make these collections printer-friendly. However, due to the size of the doodles (I draw tiny!), it was difficult to get everything the same scale, so this PDF is mostly formatted for primarily digital viewing. Illustrations may be pixelated when printed or when zoomed in too closely.