I Doodle, You ‘Ku

Back in January, I asked via Facebook if followers and fellow poets would be interested in a month where I doodled, and asked others to write poems for the doodles. Met with a resounding yes, I said I would aim for March… and well, March is just a few hours away.

The concept is simple: Every day I will post a doodle, and everyone is invited to write a haiku, or tanka, or small stone to accompany it and post it in the comments. Write as many as you like! Have fun with it.

If you’re new to doodleku, simply click the “doodleku” tag on the post. It’s essentially haiga with doodles, although sometimes there’s a little more overlap in image and poem content than may be acceptable in haiga. It’s meant to be exceptionally playful.

At the end of the month, I will select my favorite poem written for each doodle and put them together in a PDF like Language of Dragons and Tea with Trolls, and upload it to the blog. But please don’t let this keep you from being too competitive—just have fun!

First doodle will go up at midnight US EST!

I Doodle, You ‘Ku

Dragons, small stones, and one year of Yay Words!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I could keep this blog going for a year—I’ve never been able to keep a public blog going more than a few months at best. There’ve been a few dead months, and wobbled a bit in December, but I made it! Starting out with a bang, I’ve uploaded The Language of Dragons, boasting 61 poems and 39 poets/artists, to celebrate the New Year. I’ve said thanks probably fifty times already, but once more, thanks to everyone who has read and contributed over the last year.

So what’s next? On to small stones! It’s only the first day; there’s still time to join the river if you haven’t already…

Dragons, small stones, and one year of Yay Words!

As You Like It

Since everyone seemed to enjoy “Tea with Trolls” (PDF, by the way, is now available for download on the page), I did a quick poll of what you all wanted to write about next, and dragons won by a landslide. Which is fitting, since the year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, specifically the water dragon.

I will take small poems until Wednesday December 28th about dragons and/or water and/or fire (something to warm us in the middle of winter) to prepare a post for New Year’s Day. As before, I will take up to 5, and you’re guaranteed at least one poem just for sending me something!

Theme/What to write about: Dragons and/or water and/or fire.

What form: Haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, gogyōka, renku, haibun, haiga (doodles most welcome!), small stones, etc.

How many: As many as you want! I will take as many as 5 and no less than 1.

When: Send them in by Wednesday, December 28th (I will wait until the whole world has reached the 28th); I will post a PDF on this blog on New Years Day.

Where to send: Either leave a comment to this post or send an email to aubriecox [at] gmail [dot] com!

Other important stuff:
Things you should keep in mind/include:

• Most journals will consider these works published

• If your work is already published, include the publishing credits (it’s kind of important and a nice thing to do)

• You, as the writer/artist/poet/etc, retain the rights to you work before and after it appears on my blog/in the PDF.

• If you want me to link back, please send along the name and link of your blog/Twitter account/website/etc! Also, make sure your have your name listed as you would like for it to appear.

As You Like It