Ten People to Follow for Haiku on Twitter

Darren at TwiTip invited the Twitter community to post Top Ten Must Follow Twitter lists. Here are my suggestions if you want to follow All-Things-Haiku on Twitter.

Twitter’s 140-character limit imposes the brevity that makes it a natural forum for the development of haiku habits.

You can catch all Twitter Haiku (sometimes known as “Twaiku”) by subscribing to the following Twitter search in your RSS reader (thanks to Qrystal for sharing this in a comment on this site) –

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=haiku+-haikutwaiku

You may be surprised at how many folks are tweeting haiku, and tagging it with “#haiku” to facilitate Twitter search. I have narrowed the many into 10 Tweeters that I recommend you consider following:

  1. aj3d – aj3d posts evocative free-form haiku Tweets in both English and Dutch. Adriaan is also a generous and perceptive critic of haiku, who has helped me develop my haiku habits through his frequent comments on this site.
  2. Qrystal – Qrystal shares her daily activities through frequent and lively haiku and senryu.
  3. RedPillReality – I’m not sure if RedPillReality is a mystical prophet – or an ingenious Bulgarian computer program (!) – but I am always dazzled by the force and flow of these Twitter storms.
  4. teafox – Sip delightful tweets from this lover of routine, tea, and haiku.
  5. comradeharps – This “haiku librarian” publishes insightful haiku on Twitter as well as his own blog – Season Creep.
  6. zenchine – Contemplative Twitter haiku, also shared with video and photos on the Zenchine site.
  7. portlandhaiku – Haiku about life in Portland, Oregan, also published on the Portland Haiku site.
  8. ghost_of_basho – Not as frequent to post as some of the above, but worth the wait.
  9. givens – Follow on Twitter and at his site – Hyperboreal Notes – for haiku snapshots of daily life.
  10. Morning_Porch – Not haiku per se, but wonderfully vivid reports on the first-light happenings at a porch in Plummer’s Hollow, Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to check out Dave’s other sites – Via Negativa and Morning Porch.

Oh yes, then there is haikuhabits (me). That makes 11, but haiku is about so much more than following rules.

Did I leave anyone else out?  If so, please give them the credit due in the Comments to this post.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I explain the perils of Twitter Haiku, including why I recommend you avoid following haikutwaiku. Yes, even Twitter Haiku has drama!

Here’s to the practice of your Haiku Habits!

Update

For an up-to-date list of those I follow for haiku on Twitter see my Haiku Links page.

19 comments… add one
  • piero.d Nov 29, 2008 @ 22:20

    Thanks for the heads up, there’s a few Twitterers on that list that are new to me. Here’s some more, not everyone’s cup of tea but good tweets to be had:
    momku
    haikudisiac
    5x7x5
    notexactlyhaiku
    faikuhaiku
    blueheron

  • piero.d Nov 29, 2008 @ 22:54

    Thought I’d say a bit more about the Twitterers I mentioned:
    momku – funny reflections on motherhood
    haikudisiac – “horned-up haikus from the belly of Japan” – definitely not the traditional stuff
    blueheron – no updates since August, but hopefully will start up again if it notices it’s missed
    5x7x5 – not updated very often, but worthwhile tweets
    faikuhaiku – not the traditional haiku, often angry but also funny
    notexactlyhaiku – strikes me as a window on a booklovers’ life

  • Adriaan Nov 30, 2008 @ 7:10

    I’d like to add ElectricHobo. The haiku are good, and not 17 syllables:
    “cold room tonight/trying to settle in/that’s about it”
    “heart of imagination/heart of dreams/it beats loudly”

    And NodeDog. Not posting much, some haiku. Ultra-short sometimes:
    “Struggling to compose/haiku/I confess I don’t know what I am doing”
    “struggling/composing/composed”

    Both ElectricHobo and NodeDog are from Santa Fe, NM. Could be the same person for all I know.

  • Vicki Nov 30, 2008 @ 13:56

    In the spirit of Morning Porch, I offer BluegrassPoet. Not haiku either (per se) but bright short nature pictures.

  • Qrystal Nov 30, 2008 @ 18:10

    haikubirdie – all haiku, all the time, but not tagged with #haiku (to foil that haiku-thief known as haikutwaiku); draws comics, including a comic blog called theHaikuLife.

    iMD – clever haiku commentary on life as a student; creator of a facebook group called The Twitter Haiku Movement.

  • Ken Wagner Nov 30, 2008 @ 18:55

    Thank you for all comments (so far!).

    This is growing into quite a list of haiku Tweeters (22, by my count). There are also some great additional haiku blogs to read

    http://haikudisiac.blogspot.com/
    http://notexactlyhaiku.blogspot.com/

    and two Facebook groups (iMD’s plus The Haikuza from haikubirdie at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37420317325).

    Please keep the haiku suggestions coming.

  • Qrystal Nov 30, 2008 @ 20:34

    A recent addition to the haiku people I follow:
    letteretcher – does not label tweets with #haiku, but generally seems to stick to 5-7-5 form.

  • harps Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:39

    Since no one else has mentioned it: http://twitter.com/comradeharps
    Daily free-form haiku/senryu tweet.

  • harps Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:51

    Sorry, I didn’t see myself on the list! My apologies for the unecessary self-promotion. Wow!

  • harps Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:08

    Thanks Ken.

  • aaron Dec 6, 2008 @ 10:19

    hey ken,

    just want to say thanks for adding me to you list!

  • Chuck Lasker Dec 12, 2008 @ 15:51

    I created a site, http://www.haikutweets.com/, that simply displays the #haiku search feed, excluding specifically haikutwaiku. Enjoy!

    @haikutweetscom

  • Ken Wagner Dec 12, 2008 @ 19:34

    Great idea! I’ll check it out.

  • Ace Jan 23, 2009 @ 22:54

    There is someone Dr Zen – http://twitter.com/sevenlives Is it a guy/girl/Zen or a program? 🙂

  • kuniharu shimizu Apr 17, 2010 @ 3:17

    I have just published an eBook of illustrated haiku called “wind”.
    This is the first haiku book fully illustrated, good for new people to haiku and students

    URL: http://tfship.net/bookstore/bkstore.html

    Thank you for your attention.
    Kuniharu Shimizu
    Nara, Japan

  • Jackie Davis Mar 24, 2011 @ 5:07

    And then there’s my haiku tweets: find me on

    http://twitter.com/_haicoo_

    I stick to the 5 – 7 – 5 form, which means I am constrained by syllables, but am stretched by them too. I love it!

  • genemyers Jul 20, 2012 @ 8:44

    Hi, I am a columnist for the Haiku Society of America and a blogger for the Haiku Foundation. I am on Twitter at @myersgene

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