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It all started when…

Matsuo Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North changed my life. A travel diary and book of poetry, it tells the story of Basho’s wanderings around Japan in the 1600’s. He packed light and depended on the kindness of strangers. Along the way, he wrote poems with the people he met.

The idea that someone over 300 years ago, in a different language, from a different culture, wrote something that could speak so deeply to me was profound. Basho inspired me to think about our society and whether we too could have a poetry culture— where strangers who meet write poems together, and old friends compose letters as poetry. I’m proud to say that Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the first book we are selling.

There is something profound about the written word on ink and paper. Today’s culture often seems to be built on throwaway products and now we have digital messages that literally disappear once read. Writing letters is beautiful because it is harder than sending an email. Great relationships, like great art, take effort and dedication. We hope to embody those ideals in the products we make, and that Poetry Culture can do its part to promote a culture of effort and dedication to real communication between people.

As we continue, we’ll be producing high quality products that are inspired by art and, we hope, inspire you to create. Tag poems, drawings, or shots of you with your favorite Poetry Culture products with the tag #poetryculture

-Alex