Today’s entry is a bit of a sidestep from my daily city writings…an announcement:
Back when I was writing for dirtpuppy.com, I penned a daily side feature called “The Daily Haiku”. As you may guess, I wrote and published one little haiku every day. For me, it started out as just a whimsical little exercise. Before long it grew into something of a passion, and I’ve been writing haiku ever since. When I started this website, streetrag.com, my daily haiku adventure came to a halt. As much as it pained me to kill it, The Daily Haiku simply didn’t fit in with my vision of this site.
Before long I missed publishing haiku. I missed visiting that little island of simplicity. I missed those three lines of enlightenment.
Having said that, I’ve helped to build a NEW website devoted exclusively to haiku. It’s called Daily Haiku Dot Org – “A Daily Shot of Zen”. The site publishes one haiku (and one haiku only) every day, and features six hot haiku authors who take great pride in dishing up a “daily shot of Zen”. I gotta say that I’m pretty proud to be involved in this little endeavor. This new website can be found here:
Check it out and bookmark it. Have a poke around the site. Check out the contributors. A few you may even recognize. I highly recommend that you stop in there daily. Dailyhaiku.org is a little boat of simplicity sailing into your hectic life. It’s the antithesis of every overblown, ad-heavy website on the internet. It’s a no bullshit shot of zen delivered piping hot every day. Have a look. Enjoy the calm.
StreetRag ::: An Urban Notebook
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?