February 12th, 2011


Book Review: "Daily Haiku: 2010" by Greg Cohoon

Daily Haiku: 2010 by Greg Cohoon
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the most important book of random silly haiku you will ever read.

OK, it's pretty ridiculous for me to be reviewing this book, since I'm the author. Obviously, I think it's an amazing book and I think everyone should get a copy. Or two. Or more. If you do, thank you, and I hope you enjoy it.

What is this book? It's a collection of 377 haiku I wrote last year. It all started last January when I was inspired to write a haiku based on the song "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes:

If I got myself
a seven nation army
it would not have France.
I wrote another haiku the next day, and the day after, etc. until I realized I had started a project of writing a haiku every day. I post them on twitter (@drmellow, look for the #DailyHaiku hashtag). At the end of the year, I collected all the haiku I wrote in this book. The best summary I have is what I wrote for the back cover copy of the book:
On January 18, 2010, Greg Cohoon heard the White Stripes song "Seven Nation Army" on the radio and was inspired to write a silly haiku. After writing that haiku, he endeavored to write at least one haiku every day for the rest of the year. This book is the result of that project. Some days he forgot to write a haiku. Other days, he wrote more than one. All told, this volume contains 377 haiku. Most of the haiku are silly. Some readers will challenge whether or not they are truly haiku. They are not in Japanese (although one is in Spanish, see April 2). For the most part, they do not focus on nature, although some of them do. Several of the included haiku have won Internet popularity awards. For the most part, the haiku reflect on what otherwise might be considered mundane observations of daily life. Pop culture, technology, family, friends, faith, and travel are all represented here.

I had a blast writing a silly (and sometimes not silly) haiku almost every day last year. I'm keeping it up this year. It was a lot of fun putting them all together in a book, and I'm very pleased with how it all turned out.

Since you probably want to buy a couple of copies, here's how you can do it: at Lulu.com, they have the hardcover ($20), paperback ($10), and ePub ($5). At amazon.com, they have the paperback ($10) and Kindle edition ($5). I'm still working on getting it published in the iBooks store. If you do pick up a copy, I'd greatly appreciate it if you wrote a review on whatever book review sites you frequent (amazon.com, goodreads.com, etc.). Thanks!