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One of the best blogs on events & news in the contemporary haiku community is updated by Curtis Dunlap. Curtis is an Haiku Society of America member from North Carolina. The link:
Also, additional excellent sources of learning more about the contemporary haiku community is through the following links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Haiku to Edit 1 • Haiku 1 Edited
Fall 2010 Kasen Renga
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
reading: Mayfly magazine sample issue 49 (Summer 2010)
writing: select 2 favorite haiku and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them and write your first 3-5 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters). (email your 3 responses & 3-5 haiku by midnight Wednesday, August 25)
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 1-64, introductions, prose (and the interview in the back of the book)
writing response: find 3 favorite Lyles haikuwrite your imagined felt responses to them (one paragraph each)
writing extended sensory memory & memory haiku: then go into more depth with a fifth haiku that especially triggered memories from your childhood or past (about a one page memoir) describing a memory from your own life. THEN write 3-5 haiku which capture different moments or feelings from within that longer memory from your experience. You may want to especially explore a childhood memory as well as more recent memories.
And have someone from your group email me your list of characteristics of the best haiku.
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on the being hot or summer's end (not ABOUT the heat but about a moment of encountering the heat—hot sidewalk, overheated car, sweaty shirt, watermelon in the sun).
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, August 29)
haiku to edit workshop (in class Thursday)
writing response to Kukai 1: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from kukai 1 (one paragraph)
writing haiku from memoirs: write 2-3 additional haiku attempts from your memoir story (you probably did this in class)
reading: the other half of Lyles book (65-128 pages)
haiku reading responses: select 3 more favorite haiku by Peggy Lyles and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them.
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on perceptions of being outdoors in the summer.
(email your 3 responses & 5 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, September 1)
writing response 1: find two favorite haiku from the handout and write a short response paragraph to one of them AND write a longer memory response with 3-5 new haiku to your other favorite haiku by George Swede. (email your 1 response paragraph and 1 memory response with 3-5 new haiku to me by midnight, Sunday, September 5 or sooner)
reading response 1: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly 49 author) to read side by side. write a short analysis of the writing strategies and techniquse used in these haiku. (not reader response but analysis of writing techniques such as line break, word choice, arrangement, rhythm, sounds, emphasis, break, voice, tone, attitude, etc.). one page maximum for your analysis (half a page is fine).
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on the nitty gritty side of life and the angst of being human — like some of George's haiku.
reading response 1: compare the genesis of discourse for your two authors (George Swede and Peggy Lyles). why do they choose to write haiku about these moments? what is the source of significance worth turning into a literary artwork for them?
writing response to Kukai 2: write your imagined felt responses to your 2 favorite haiku from kukai 2 (one paragraph for each haiku)
haiku writing: 3-5 haiku on your choice & word of the day (kukai winner's choice)
editing haiku: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Thursday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least two haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout. Be sure to send a variation of that haiku "too young" adding some THING to create a presence.
reading: Haiku Handbook Chapter 2 (this reading is available from our MOODLE course)
response writing 2: find 1 favorite Japanese haiku & match it to 1 favorite English language haiku—write your short imagination responses to them (one short paragraph each), then write a short comparison of differences and similarities you notice in the Japanese haiku and English-langauge haiku
haiku writing: 3-6 new haiku with a clear seasonal connection (kigo) to things happening right now (autumn chill, caterpillars, football, bonfire)haiku writing: 3-5 haiku on your choice & word of the day (kukai winner's choice)
writing response to Matching Contest 1: write a comparison of your favorite pair in this matching contest
haiku writing: write 1-2 haiku using the Matching Contest 1 Results winner's word or image/phrase is "STRENGTH"
haiku writing: 4-8 new haiku on experiences/insights/feelings/perceptions of health and well-being activities—biking, running, swimming, relaxing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, working out, sports, eating well, skin, muscles, abs, etc.
email your responses and your new haiku attempts by midnight Wednesday, September 15
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 1-64
reading responses: find two favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to both of them. (email your 2 response paragraphs to me by midnight Sunday September 19)
writing love haiku or senryu: write 6-8 love/romance/breakup/failed love haiku. Not necessarily all lovey-dovey cliches, but love, crushes, unrequited love, just friends, bitterness about love, breaking up, homecoming dance, sock hop, blind date, romance, first date, lost love, and so on . . . Send your love haiku to Dr. Brooks by midnight, September 20.
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, pages 64-128
reading responses: find two more favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to both of them. (email your 2 response paragraphs to me by midnight Wednesday September 22)
writing haiku: write 4-6 haiku about relationships (ninjo haiku) but be sure to include some aspect of nature or season or context-setting thing (ninjo-nashi) element in each haiku. write at least 1 homecoming haiku
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 1-90
reader response: write response paragraphs for three favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology email your responses by midnight, September 26
Definitions of genres, especially literary genres, usually includes some expectations of form or structure, so our next question is to consider the formal elements of haiku. But genres also include certain expectation of content and aesthetic experience.
for 9/30 - THURSDAY IS A TEAM DAY (develop your comparison presentation/activity/event) for presentations on October 5
Group dialogue: what are the essential elements of the very best haiku? What makes some haiku better than others? How would you define or describe the characteristics of the best haiku? What must a highest-quality haiku do (for? with?) for readers to be effective? As a group (with your designated leader/writer), compare the essentials of another genre with haiku as a genre. What do you like best in top-quality examples of both your genre and in haiku? (Discuss at least 3-5 haiku examples in comparison and contrast with at least 2 examples of your comparison genre.)
email your written group report PLANS by Wednesday night: your team representative writes your group's statement of the essential elements, techniques, characteristics of the best, well-crafted, well-written haiku . . . what are characteristics of your favorite, most effective haiku (use at least 3-5 examples from readings so far). This is the first half of a genre study of haiku. Also, let me know what your group is planning to compare the art of haiku to. Email the group statement on high quality haiku in the genre by midnight, Wednesday, September 29.
for 10/5 - presentations on haiku comparisons
writing haiku: 5-10 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre. Send me your 5-10 new haiku to your group and copy to me by midnight, Monday, October 4.
group report presentation IN CLASS (PowerPoint or Web Pages on the computer screen or activity). Bring them on a flash drive or email them to yourself for easy access. Email copies of all presentation materials to me by midnight, Monday, October 4
complete your group genre comparison presentation/event/activity: reading group representative write your group's comparison of haiku genre to the other genre . . . similarites, differences in these performances/productions? (use at least 2 main examples from the comparison thing). This is the second half of a genre study of haiku. Excellent reports & presentations may be published on the MU Haiku web site.
Include a writing assignment for your matching contest or kukai emerging from your team's comparison.
email me: your written comparison report (1 per group • 5 single-spaced pages max) by email by midnight Thursday October 7
reading: Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 91-192
reading responses: find three favorite haiku by Millikin authors & write a short paragraph response why you like it
writing haiku: write 5 new haiku or senryu OPEN TOPIC
email your 3 favorites & 5 new haiku by Wednesday midnight, October 6
for 10/12 - competitions on haiku comparisons
writing haiku: send your haiku to the following group members:
Send your haiku to the other 3 groups and copy to me by midnight, Sunday, October 10.
for 10/14 - FALL BREAK!
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-60 including the introductions. select 3 favorites and write your short memory responses to them. Then write a full page memory response to 1 haiku ending with 3-4 new haiku attempts coming out of or extending beyond your memory. send your response writings and memory prose to me by email by midnight Sunday, October 16.
Write 5-10 haiku from being alive over fall break - going home, seeing old friends, enjoying a break, autumn events and of course send them to me by Sunday midnight, October 16!
reading: Chapter 4 "Haiku Prose" from The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson. Also read the sample haibun by Bob Lucky from Haibun Today:
And read the following haibun by Millikin students and alumni:
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Write 2 haibun - One a memory of a lived experience (capture the sense of being there—the sensory experience as well as the overall atmosphere or mood). 1 page max. The second one can be a fictional imagined piece (you may want to start off from a favorite haiku you've read), and let your imagination go into it to make it seem like you are there, living the moment. (Include at least one haiku per haibun - you may want to write 3-4 and select only the best 1-2). Email your 2 haibun to me by midnight, Wednesday, October 20
for 10/26 (emails due midnight Sunday October 24)
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-43
writing response: Practice the exercise of stop, look, and listen as described in the book. Find something, whether it be in your dorm, on campus, or somewhere where you can sit quietly without distraction and observe a particular thing, area, or person. Then, write about what you observed, describing what stuck out to you. Write 5 haiku from this exercise.
Revise and edit at least 1 (or both) of your haibun attempts and send them to me for our haibun kukai. Tighten! Make the prose more immediate & sensory experience (less past tense reflection) and build a sense of scene (place, time, atmosphere, perspective). Let the haiku extend & link back to the prose. NO COMMENTARY OR EXPLANATORY BITS IN THE HAIKU! The haiku is situated by the prose, but it is also NEW and creates a sense of un-ending non-resolution.
response writing: writing about 2 favorites from Kukai 7 Fall Break Haiku.
Go to <http://apps.facebook.com/fattalkfree/?play=19245> to see Brittany's video. Write a couple of haiku or senryu related to fatl-talk-free and post them as comments to her video & email them to me.
Extra credit (can replace 1 informal writing assignment grade): Go online and visit Haibun Today • http://haibuntoday.com/ and write about a favorite haibun you find.
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 43-80
writing response: Compare the advice given to Buck-Teeth from the poets Mido and Kuro. What do you think about their advice? Which appeals to you more? Explain why. Write 3-5 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 3-5 haiku from Mido's.
Extra credit: bring to class one haiku written following Shiro's advice.
Read the Haibun attempts from class and write a reponse to your favorite one. Your response can be a new haiku, a haibun in response or a commentary about the haibun you like. 1 page max!
11/2 - no class (scheduling day)
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end
writing response: Give your reading of Issa's snail haiku.
Rewrite the chapter "The Tattoo" how you think it should have happened.
Think about the source of your haiku. Where do your haiku originate? Why do you notice, observe, feel, reflect or focus on those things for immediate impact and lasting significance? Where do your very best haiku come from? What's your haiku muse? Your inspiration to write?
As you finish reading Haiku Guy, write a short story (or dialogue) about your own fictional character who writes haiku. Begin writing a short story in which the character encounters several problems. Try to include at least three episodes/scenes. Include at least 5-10 haiku in your haiku story scenes by characters in your story. Finish your haiku short story (a culminating scene) and of leave it open-ended with a haiku! You may use any haiku you have written this semester in your story (or base the story around some of your haiku). AND you may use haiku from classmates or authors we have read as long as you attribute them in your story.
Length of your short story or dialogue? (2 pages minimum and 15 pages maximum & 5 haiku miniimum and 10 haiku maximum) And yes, you do need a title.
extra credit: Halloween haiku!
for 11/9 (emails due midnight Sunday November 7)
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 60-157. select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and write a haiku technique analysis to 1 favorite. send me your three paragraphs by email
haiku short story. revise your haiku story, adding at least one more short scene, especially addressing your sense of the genesis of the best haiku (if you haven't already addressed that in your story). DON'T mess up your story! Please use the suggestions of your readers. also tighten any original haiku with variations before your final submission.
writing haiku: 5-10 haiku on any topic of your choice from your haiku journals.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Millikin is hosting a "Meditation for Wellness" event before and after our class on November 9 at Pilling Chapel. This is a bell meditation experience. Please attend one of the 30 minute sessions and write a few haiku about it for extra credit. Submit your bell meditation haiku by midnight, Wednesday, November 10.
for 11/11 (emails due midnight Wednesday November 10)
reading: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select three favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to these haiku.
response writing: Find a matching English haiku to one of Bashô's haiku. Write a paragraph comparing the English haiku with one by Basho.
response writing: write a memory response to a favorite haiku from Kukai 9.
for 11/16 (emails due midnight Sunday November 14)
reading: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and email a ¶ me about one favorite link (a pair of verses) in one of the renku examples.
tan-renga capping: write caps for 3 favorite haiku from any previous kukai or matching contest from our class. How do you write a cap? Add two more lines to a haiku (making a new 5 line poem).
team writing assignment: write 2 rengay with your group following the guidelines in the handout, HOW TO WRITE RENGAY (download).
for 11/18 (emails due midnight Wednesday November 16)
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 158-327. select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and an extended memory response to 1 favorite (ending with 2-3 haiku from your memory).
haiku author study: email the name of the author of haiku-related topic you plan to study by midnight Sunday, November 21.
for 11/30 & 12/2
reading response writing: Share 10-20 of your best haiku with family and friends over Thanksgiving break, and see which ones they like the best. Write an email to me about favorites selected by your family and friends. Which ones did they like best and why? email due by midnight, Sunday November 28
haiku writing: write 8-10 Thanksgiving break haiku, email due by midnight, Sunday November 28
Read: Traces of Dreams, Chapters 1 and 4, (handouts provided) on writing Kasen-no-renga.
Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students from Spring 2003 Global Haiku Traditions at: http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/studentrenga/Grasshoppers&Tobacco.html
Plan a haiku writing gathering with classmates and/or friends (groups of 4-7). This can be any day with the resulting kasen-renga (36-links) due midnight, Wednesday, December 1.
Here is a DOC file you can use to print your kasen-renga. It is our unfinished class kasen, Broken Fence.
This is a gathering for writing linked verse—if it's nice out you could gather in the park or at Rock Springs or at someone's place. Allow the spirit of the place where you gather to be a springboard for the haiku, but don't limit yourself to that place once you get into the linking. Let your links go out through time and seasons moving from person (ninjo) focused to non-person (ninjo-nashi) focus to avoid too much continuity of persons or scenes. Try to avoid more than three ninjo or ninjo-nashi links in a row. Remember, every two links make a new poem.
Using the following guide (derived largely from Shirane's book Traces of Dreams, try writing a kasen-no-renga.
Write a 36 link kasen-no-renga:
email me your kasen-renga due Wednesday, Midnight December 1. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted) for sharing in class on December 2
haiku project proposal: The purpose of the haiku project is to apply haikai arts to something that means a lot to the student—usually something related to their major field of study. Bring your passion to this project and connect it to haiku (photography & haiku) (music & haiku) (history and haiku) (psychology & senryu) (a kasen renga) (baseball haiku) (a collage of haiku) (haiku web site) (anthology of love haiku) . . . have fun with this. make it your dream assignment. email me a paragraph explaining your project plan by midnight December 1.
Final Kukai submissions due (can be revised earlier haiku not born in kukai, new haiku, previous haiku not yet born in kukai or matching contest, or any of your favorites not selected previously for kukai). Send 10-20 haiku for our final kukai by midnight, December 5.
extra credit reading response: find a favorite haiku by Randy Brooks, and write a reader response paragraph to it. email your response paragraph by midnight, Sunday December 5
haiku author haikai arts issue essay due and emailed to me by midnight Monday, December 6. bring a print copy of your study to class Tuesday. We will start essay presentations on Tuesday, December 7.
for 12/9 (last day of class)
haiku projects due (to be shared this last day of class). email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight, Wednesday December 8.
(1) Signature haiku gift exchange and haiku chapbook collections are due Thursday, December 9.
(2) Haiku Collection Booklets due Thursday December 9: Select and organize your best haiku & senryu & haibun & renga into a collection. Make a little booklet, or print them in a binder, or write them in a blank book.
for 12/15 - final exam 8:00-10:00 - Global Haiku Reading @ Fireplace Room, RTUC
(1) Global Haiku Reading. I will bring your chapbooks and return them to you at the final Global Haiku Reading.
(2) Submissions to Haiku Magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam)