Haiku By Two was born on January 1, 2009.

For the first two and a half years, we posted a brand new haiku on the site each and every day. We took turns, always alternating the author.

And then life caught up with us. Now we still post new and original haiku, but we’ve relaxed our self-imposed daily deadline. We’ve also relaxed our stance that we take turns posting. Sometimes Alison will post several haiku in a row. Sometimes Kelly will. Readers will still find us posting poems on a regular basis, though.

In the beginning, we were strict about following the standard 5-7-5 syllable count, but–like our deadlines–we’ve relaxed on that as well. Readers will find some haiku that don’t follow this syllable count, but, by and large, most of them do. We’ve both found creative freedom within the structure of 17 syllables.

Sometimes, following that syllable count is all we can do to get the words out. And we’re okay with that. After all, even though we’ve learned a lot about the fine art of haiku since we started this blog, our main purpose in blogging was to create an ongoing conversation with each other.

And Haiku By Two has done that for us in ways we never imagined.

Read about our inspiration for starting Haiku By Two.

Read an interview with us about Haiku By Two.

Read about our choice to go 5-7-5.