The Haiku Project
It is my belief that few individuals enjoy the act of journaling.
Sure, it’s a sexy proposition at first, and priceless afterwards, but the last thing a foot-sore, hungry, sun-scorched hiker wants to do is recapitulate the day’s events by headlamp. Journaling too easily becomes an obligation, and, if neglected, a source of guilt. I know this because on my ’19 AT NoBo I dragged myself through 46 days of notes before sending the guilt & my journal home.
in the months after I stopped journaling, I still felt the daily urge to leave some scribbled breadcrumbs of what was going through my mind. Maybe just some stolen song lyrics, maybe an ode to thigh chafing or alcohol stoves. I liked the headspace that came with trying to distill a recent experience into one bite-sized snippet. Miles before the next logbook, I’d start trying to tease out the most honest impressions from the things I’d witnessed. With art as my end goal, I became, by definition and by accident, an “artist.” To put it simply, I enjoyed the perspective.
My concept is to use this platform as a digital logbook; a place where I can share a daily stock-reduction of ideas & images.
Mixed in will be some journal-style updates as well as longer-form prose & poems for the subjects that demand more attention. But by keeping the general nature brief and the intention aesthetic, I hope to keep the project manageable & enjoyable, both for myself and for whatever other wandering souls stumble across this content.
Thanks for reading,
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