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EVERYDAY HAIKU is an exciting extension of Inklings Design. Everyday Haiku was created in 2007 after having a curiosity and interest to study and learn more about Zen arts and haiku poetry which then lead me to writing haiku. I have found it to be inspirational for my creativity, my writing and in my life. The essence of a haiku is creating a clear image for the viewer to see that is real and in the moment. Not using decorative or fancy words, the purpose is to evoke a feeling for the reader. So, haiku has the same approach in it's simplicity and clarity as the design of a web site or a printed piece for a client. Everyday Haiku offers a little inspiration, a little knowledge about haiku and how having your own custom haiku can help you stand out and get attention for your business. There are many benefits to sending thank you cards and by having a custom haiku and design that enhances your brand beautifully, you will make a good impression and be remembered by your customers; distinguishing your company from the competition. Thank you cards are a great way to do this. Your client may have met with 10 other people, but if you are the one who sends him a memorable card to thank him then you will be remembered a lot more than the other people who were encountered. After all, business is all about making contacts and making the right impression on people. Thank you cards are the best way to make an lasting impression.

Haiku is poetry of nature and human nature, provoking images and feelings of being in the moment. A haiku presents a pair of contrasting images, one suggests a time and place, the other a vivid but temporary view. It is poetry of the senses. Traditional haiku is based on a 17 syllable form using 3 lines. Contemporary haiku is free form, assimilated by the West and Zen philosophy that does not follow the traditional Japanese "rules" of 5/7/5 syllables. Today's haiku is written in many languages, but the number of writers is still concentrated primarily in Japan and secondarily in English-speaking countries. In traditional Japanese haiku and todays, the seasons are often referred in nature. By using a seasonal word (kigo) to illustrate a feeling associated with the season. Such as, cherry blossoms for the Spring and the full moon for Autumn. Providing a sense of being in the season while sometimes not saying what the season is. Spring has a mood of optimism and is often implied to be a new beginning as a round belly indicates birth and a new life. With the Winter season, thawing winter ice uses cold words that accompany the long and sometimes lonely days of that season. Early classical literature consisted of a large vocabulary of words that not only implied a season but an emotion expressing it. In Japan there are a number of books listing thousands of seasonal words for haiku poets to use.

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EVERYDAY HAIKU produces modern, stylish, unique gifts and stationery sold and made in Canada. Nestled in the rainforest of North Vancouver, I get my inspiration for writing and creating these gifts that are peaceful, soothing and meditative. Using recycled materials wherever possible, from recycled papers and environmentally friendly inks to biodegradable bags.

The EVERYDAY HAIKU gift and card line is available for licensing partnerships with publishers. I am also interested in collaborations with other haiku poets and illustrators for additional creative projects.

 

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For a little inspiration, here are some haiku poems written by a variety of different haiku poets from the early works of Basho to my own. Some are contemporary published writers and a couple are traditional poets mixed into this vast collection of haiku.

 

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"Everyday Haiku became an instant favourite with my customers as soon as it hit the shelves. They gravitate towards the simplistic modern design and linger to read each haiku. Every piece of the collection is special and makes for a beautiful and meaningful gift."

Carol Hyslop
owner

Favourite Gifts
carol@favouritegifts.ca

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