Editors’ Blog

Call for Submissions: Politiku

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

By Chris Teja

When Huffington Post blogger Susanna Speier decided on a whim to start writing Haikus about current political events (a feature she dubbed “Politiku”), she didn’t expect to start an internet sensation. However, shortly after she began the project during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, her usually low-traffic personal blog blew up and she knew she was definitely on to something.

 

In the year since, Speier has written and collected Politikus from friends to post regularly. However, the majority of the 5-7-5’ers featured on her blog came from a Facebook summons on day 99 of Obama’s Presidency asking her readers to reflect on the Commander in Chief’s work so far –Politiku style. I definitely recommend taking a few minutes to read these. Cedar Reiner came up with my personal favorite:

 

The Onion Headline
Black Man Given Country’s Worst Job
Seems to get more true

 

Speier has extended an open invitation to her readers to get invloved, saying, ”I encourage anyone who enjoys reading them to give it a shot. If you like what you come up with, please post it and as long as it is topical and adheres to the structures I have outlined, I’ll add it to the post.” Also, don’t forget to check out Susanna’s latest Huffington Post blog where she further explains the origin of Politiku.

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