Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog
All writing assignments are to be submitted by email.
Final Exam: time tba - place tba
Haiku Community Links:
Several blogs provide updates on events & news in the contemporary haiku community. The links:
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/
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Kukai Favorite Selections
Memoir Haibun 1
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
reading: Mayfly magazine sample
writing response: send me an email copy of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY 48 and select 2 favorite haiku (from MAYFLY or Peggy Lyles) and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them
haiku writing: 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 29)
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 memory & memory haiku: then go into more depth with a fourth 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, Sept. 2)
haiku to edit workshop
editing haiku: read each other's memory writing & resulting haiku. select your favorite one by the team member and offer a couple of edits or variations of another couple haiku. based on the haiku editing workshop with your team in class on Tuesday, send me variations or edited versions for at least two haiku from the Extended Memories handout.
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 65-end (read the interview at the back)
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 5)
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
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 a third 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 9)
reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly 53 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).
reading response 3: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from kukai 1 (one paragraph)
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on the nitty gritty side of college life and the angst of being human — like some of George's haiku. Due by email Sunday, September 9.
haiku to edit 1: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Tuesday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least three haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout.
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?
reading: Haiku Handbook Chapter 2 (handout from Moodle)
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 (chilly night, football, foggy morning, end of summer)
for 9/18 • (email homework by midnight, Sunday, September 16)
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 16)
writing relationship haiku or senryu: write 6-10 love/anti-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 16.
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, haiku from pages 64-128
reading responses: find three more favorite haiku by Masajo and write short response paragraphs to 2 of the haiku. Let your third response be a more extended imaginative memory or a fictional piece about someone spinning off the third Masajo haiku as its starting point. End your short fictional piece with a haiku. One page max!
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.
(email your 2 Masajo picks, your 1 ficition spin-off with a haiku, your favorite matched pair, and your 4-6 relationships haiku by midnight, Wednesday September 19)
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 1-90
reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology
haiku writing: 5-10 haiku from college life perspectives or experiences
email your MU HAIKU responses and 5-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 9/23
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for in class 9/25 - team genre analysis & presentation planning day (no class together - just teams)
in class group discussion starts this assignment on September 25: 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? How do haiku work or function as literary art? How would you characterize the essentials of the genre of haiku?
in class group genre analysis: As a group (with your designated leader/writer), compare the essentials of another genre or type of art with haiku as a genre. What do you like best in top-quality examples of both your other art and in haiku? (Discuss at least 3-5 haiku examples in comparison and contrast with at least 2 examples of your comparison genre.)
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.
email your written group report plans: reading group representative write 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).
Send me your bullet points and 3-5 haiku examples and note of your 2 other genre for Thursday presentation by midnight, Wednesday, September 26.
writing haiku: 3-5 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre. (Or just write 3-5 new haiku about anything you want to write about as an alternative.) Send me your 3-5 new haiku by midnight, Sunday, September 23.
for in class 9/27 - group report presentation IN CLASS on 9/27/2012 (PowerPoint or other means of sharing for your presentation). Bring any computer files on a flash drive or email them to yourself for easy access. Email copies of all presentation materials to me by midnight, Wednesday September 26
complete your group genre comparison report: 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).
email me: your written comparison report (1 per group • 5 single-spaced pages max) by email by midnight Thursday, September 27 (that evening after your presentation)
Team Genre Comparisons
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology
reader response: write response paragraphs for three favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology email your responses by midnight 9/30
writing haiku: 5-10 new haiku ANY topic or approach. Send me your new haiku by midnight, 9/30
kukai 2 response: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 2 (one paragraph each)
team kukai: each team sends me guidelines for a kukai or matching contest you will run (topics, rules, etc.)
writing haiku: 5-10 new haiku on homecoming or coming home . . . from past memories or current events
send me your kukai responses, team kukai plans, and new homecoming haiku by midnight Wednesday, October 3
Team Kukai Guidelines for 10-9-2012 - please submit directly to the team member & copy your email to Dr. Brooks. All submissions are due to teams and Dr. B. by midnight, October 7.
(1) MATCHED PAIRS CONTEST (Jarred, Ryan, Hannah, and Danielle Davis)
(2) HOMICIDE KUKAI GUIDELINES (Ewald, Farris, Gentle and Potter)
(3) FRIENDS & SIGNFICANT OTHERS KUKAI (Austin Brettschneider, Austin Myers and Seth Harshman)
(4) FOOD HAIKU KUKAI (R, Danielle Mohrbach, Geoffrey)
reading: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select three favorite haiku by Bashô. Write a paragraph response to these 3 favorite 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.
writing haiku: 5-10 new haiku about autumn chill, coolness, October light . . . (sesonal without using the word autumn)
reading & response writing 1: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and email a ¶ me about one favorite link (or pair of links) in one of the renku examples. email by midnight Sunday, October 14.
response writing 2: Find two matching English haiku to Bashô's haiku—one representing the aesthetic of sabi and one the aesthetic experience of karumi. Write a paragraph for each pair comparing these English haiku with those by Basho. One sabi haiku not by Basho compared to one sabi haiku by Basho. And one karumi haiku not by Basho compared to one karumi haiku by Basho. send your two comparison pairs to me by email by midnight, October 14.
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
haiku writing: Write a "free-for-all" sequence of 5 to 17 links with some friends. Send it to me by midnight, October 14.
in class handout: How to Write Rengay. (bring it to class on your computer or on paper!)
for 10/18 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 more favorite 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 Wednesday, October 24.
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, Sunday October 28.
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, try writing a kasen-no-renga.
Write a 36 link kasen-no-renga:
email me your kasen-renga due Sunday, Midnight October 28. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted using the following Microsoft Word kasen template) for sharing in class on October 30
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 writing: 5-10 new haiku (Halloween or responses to THA haiku favorites)
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, Sunday, November
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-80
writing response 1: 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.
haiku writing: write 3 haiku from this stop, look & listen exercise.
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?
writing response 2: Compare the advice given to Buck-Teeth of poets Mido and Kuro. What do you think of each of their advice? Which appeals to you more? Explain why. Write 3 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 3 haiku from Mido's.
Extra credit: bring to class one haiku written following Shiro's advice.
Email your haiku, your edited haibun, your Mido/Kuro/Shiro advice response by Sunday midnight. November 11..
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end
writing response 1: Give your reading of Issa's snail haiku.
writing response 2: Rewrite the ending of "The Tattoo" chapter (p. 134)? How you think that scene should have happened or ended?
Creative Writing: As you read Haiku Guy, develop a character who writes haiku. Write a short short story in which the character encounters problems with creativity or love or inspiration or life or . . . (you fill in the blank). Include at least three episodes/scenes. Include 3-5 haiku in your haiku story scenes by characters in your story. Leave it open-ended with a haiku!
haiku author study proposal: email your proposal to study an author or a type of haiku you plan to study by midnight Wednesday, November 14
for 11/20 • THANKSGIVING BREAK
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 25
haiku writing: write 8-10 Thanksgiving break haiku, email due by midnight, Sunday November 25
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).
writing response 2: Write about your favorite pair from Matching Contest 4. Email your responses by midnight November 28
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 November 28. Haiku projects are due December 11.
reading: Matsuo Bashô by Ueda, Chapter 5, The Critical Commentaries, pages 147-169.
reading response: using Bashô's technique of matching pairs of haiku, find two haiku you want to place side by side for discussion and comparison (at least one by your author). Write a short paragraph discussing them and why you like one better than the other. due Sunday, Midnight December 2
reading & responding to your author/haiku study topic: write a paragraph response to 3 more favorite haiku by your author. share these haiku (or 5-10) with friends and collect a variety of responses to them.
write 5-10 haiku on any topic (could be related to your author or haiku project)
reading: School's Out by Randy Brooks
writing response: write a reader response to your favorite haiku from School's Out by midnight, December 5
contemporary haiku author study due. email a copy to me by midnight Wednesday, December 5. bring a print copy of your study to class Thursday. We will do author presentations on December 6 and December 11.
contemporary haiku author study presentations December 6:
for 12/11 - Final Kukai & Haiku Project Presentations
Final Kukai submissions due (can be revised earlier haiku, new haiku, previous haiku not yet born in kukai or matching contest, or any of your favorites not selected previously). Send 10-20 haiku for our final kukai by midnight, December 9.
haiku projects due (to be shared on both 12/11 and 12/13). email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight December 10.
haiku project presentations December 11 and December 13
for 12/13 - Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections
(1) Signature haiku gift exchange and haiku chapbook collections are due Thursday, December 13.
(2) Haiku Collection Booklets due December 13: 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.
(3) Final Kukai - voting for favorites on final kukai. You get five votes, by listing 5 favorites, and up to 5 double votes for writing a paragraph response to favorites. So that is a total of 10 votes Maximum (5 by listing & 5 by response). All votes and written response votes are due by Midnight, December 16
for FINAL EXAM on December 18 Global Haiku Reading @ 2pm (FIREPLACE ROOM)
(1) Global Haiku Reading at Fireplace Room - RTUC, Tuesday December 18 from 2-4pm. I will bring your chapbook collections 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)