Advanced Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
IN203 Humanities Honors Seminar - Fall 2013
Dr. Randy Brooks

Millikin University
Shilling 209

Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Fall 2013

ALL ASSIGNMENTS are to be submitted by Moodle.
Send them to:
Copy your Moodles to:

Classroom: TBA but probably the Mac Lab (Staley Library 14)

*Informal Reader Response Writing & Haiku Writing = 25%
*Contemporary Haiku Study (due April 4) = 20%
*Haiku Comparison Team Presentation = 10%
*Kasen Renga = 10%
*Haiku Project = 10%
*Haiku Collection (paper & by Moodle) = 15%
 Submission Ready (in envelopes) = 05%
 Final Reading & Signature Gift Haiku = 05%

Final Exam: Thursday, December 19 - 8:00am
Winter Global Haiku Reading at Pilling Chapel

Haiku Community Links:

Several blogs provide updates on events & news in the contemporary haiku community. The links:

Aubrie Cox -
Curtis Dunlap -
Melissa Allen -

Also, additional excellent sources of learning more about the contemporary haiku community is through the following links:

Haiku Society of America •
American Haiku Archives •
Haiku Chronicles •
The Haiku Foundation •
Simply Haiku •
Heron's Nest •
Modern Haiku •
A Hundred Gourds •
World Kigo Database •
Haibun Today •

Extra Credit Opportunities:

(1) Japan House Tea Ceremonies

Japan House is delighted to announce that tea ceremonies will now be offered to the public on the third Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Tea ceremonies will continue to be offered every Thursday at 2:00 and 3:00 but due to many requests we are adding these monthly Saturday teas on the third Saturday of each month to accommodate those that aren't able to attend during the week. Please join us and find a moment of peace as you experience the Way of Tea.

dates tba - Japan House Spring Open House & tea ceremony - 10am to 4pm

(2) Haiku & Poetry Readings

Watch for details of poetry readings at Millikin and in the community. Go and write a response for extra credit.


Kukai Favorite Selections

Kukai 1Kukai 1 favorites

Haiku to Edit 1Haiku to Edit 1 Results

1 Matching Contest - Kigo1 Matching Contest favorites

Kukai 2Kukai 2 favorites

Haiku to Edit 2Haiku to Edit 2 Results

2 Matching Contest - Mido2 Matching Contest favorites

3 Matching Contest - Kuro3 Matching Contest favorites

1 Haibun Fiction

Kukai 3Kukai 3 favorites

Capping Verse Tan Renga 1

Matching Contest 4 - Thanksgiving
Matching Contest 4 - Favorites

Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:

for 8/29 - haiku of the day --> Professor Cox

reading: Mayfly magazine sample

writing response: send me a Moodle copy of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY 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). (Moodle your 3 responses & 3-5 haiku by midnight Wednesday, 8/28)

for 9/3 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks

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 haiku—write 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.

haiku write: 5-10 haiku on the heat (not ABOUT the heat but about a moment of encountering the heat—hot wind, sweaty walk, overheated face).

(Moodle your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 9/1)

for 9/5 - haiku of the day --> Sarah

reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 65-end (read the interview at the back)

haiku reading responses: write a response to 1 favorite haiku from Kukai 1

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.

REMEMBER to cite each haiku fully (do not add capital letters or punctuation) like this:

soaked in vinegar—
the heat

          Lyles, THTR, 48

haiku write: 4-5 haiku on childhood memories

(Moodle your 4 responses & 5 haiku by midnight Wednesday, 9/4)

for 9/10 - haiku of the day --> Ramey

reading & DVD viewing: Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, pages 1-88 (whole book).

Invite some friends or classmates over to watch the DVD video included in the back cover of this book. The haiku cited by the haiku poets are included in the anthology, in the same order as the DVD.

reader response 1: write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem

reader response 2: write a response about what you realized about the English-language haiku poetry community from the video. Also briefly discuss one or two or the haiku poets who especially intrigued you

reader response 3: write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from Kukai 1

writing haiku: open topic 6-10 new haiku

Submit your responses and haiku by midnight Sunday, September 8th

for 9/12 - haiku of the day --> Keila

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.

reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly 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 editing: From the Haiku Edit 1 sheet from Tuesday's workshop, offer edits to 3-5 haiku.

Due by midnight Moodle Wednesday, September 11.

for 9/17 - haiku of the day --> Mark

reading: Haiku Handbook Chapter 2 (this reading is available from our MOODLE course)

response writing 1: 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

response writing 2: from the Haiku to Edit results, pick your favorite edit for each haiku and write about one of the best edits on the page

haiku writing: 5-10 new haiku with a clear seasonal connection (kigo) to things happening right now (autumn chill, caterpillars, football, bonfire)

submit your responses & new haiku by Moodle by midnight, September 15

for 9/19 - haiku of the day -->Rick

Matching Contest 1 (in class)

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.

haiku writing: 5-10 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 to Masajo and new haiku attempts by midnight Wednesday, September 18

for 9/24 - haiku of the day -->Morgan

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.

writing response: in response to 1 favorite by Masajo, write a short short story (no more than 1 page long) that ends with a haiku

writing response to Matching Contest 1: write your imagined felt responses to your 1 favorite matched pair of haiku from Matching Contest 1

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.

(Moodle submit your 2 response paragraphs, your short-short story, Matching contest response and new haiku by midnight Sunday September 22)

for 9/26 - haiku of the day -->xxxxx

reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-80 including the introductions.

writing responses: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and a full page memory response to 1 haiku ending with 2-3 new haiku by you. send your response writing to me by Moodle by midnight Wednesday, September 25.

writing haiku: instead of written responses to more haiku from the Haiku Anthology, just write haiku in response to some more favorite haiku

for 10/1 - haiku of the day -->xxxxx

reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 81-192

TEAM dialogue & project: Two parts

Part 1: 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?

Find two examples from THA and write about how/why the exmplify your team's overview of highest quality.

Part 2: What is a thread or approach or connection or key question your team would like to explore from reading The Haiku Anthology authors?

Find 6-10 examples from THA and prepare a presentation/dramatic reading/game/engagement with these for the class presentations starting next Tuesday.

writing haiku: write haiku connected to your team's exploration/presenation topic.

writing response to Kukai 2: write your imagined felt responses to your 1 favorite haiku from Kukai 2

for 10/03 - haiku of the day --> Caitlin

TEAM/Group: You'll be in charge of kukai next week. Decide what topic or theme you want the class to write poems on. You'll be able to decide the rules, how we vote, and what the prizes will be. For Thursday you need to be able to tell us what our homework will be for your kukai.

reading/writing: Find two authors from The Haiku Anthology (edited by Cor van den Heuvel) (OR if you have a copy of New Resonance 8 from the last kukai, you may use that as well) that particularly interest you. Explain why you are drawn to these authors and describe their style (as well as you can from the anthology selection). What are their haiku like? Do they use any particular kind of technique or focus on some kind of theme? Where do you think their haiku come from? Find two poems from each author to use as examples.

writing haiku: write 3-5 new haiku that rely on one of sound, smell, touch, or taste, but NOT sight.

for 10/08 - haiku of the day

edits: Send some of your edits from the class editing session, Haiku to Edit 2

haiku writing: Write haiku for each of the kukai prompts. You will need to submit ALL writing to Moodle, and email each group the poems for their contest.

Tuesday Kukai: (due 10/06 at midnight)

1. Alex & Ramey - Halloween Matching Contest

Write 3 "trick" haiku (the dark, the scary, the creepy) and 3 "treat" (childhood memories of Halloween).

Submit to Alex:

2. John, Ryan, Keila - Movie Plot

Write 3 haiku that encompass an entire movie plot, or the most pivotal scene.

Submit to John:

3. Caitlin, Morgan, Sarah - Political Satire

Write 3 poems focusing on political satire and/or social commentary. Only 1 may be about government shutdown.

Submit to Sarah:

for 10/10

Thursday Kukai: (due 10/08 at midnight)

1. Mark, Rick, Codi - Music Haiku & Album Art

Write three haiku about music (inspired by an artist, a genre, or a specific song) and pair it with an album cover. The best haiku and matches will rely on all three (music, haiku, and album art) to create a more expansive image/experience.

Submit to Mark:

2. Brock, Mikayla, Rachel - Color

Write 3-5 haiku using color in place of season.

Submit to Mykala:

For 10/15 - Haiku of the Day ---> Caitlin

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 5 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.

Submit your haiku by midnight October 13th.

Haiku Author Study Proposal Due

Think about what or who you'd like to write about for your contemporary haiku reader response essay. You may want to browse the Registry of haiku poets at The Haiku Foundation <>. These essays are due October 29. In order to loan you books from the Decatur Haiku Collection, I need to know your intended topic or author by Sundy at midnight, October 13. Here's guidelines for this assignment:

haiku author or topic study:

A formal essay introducing a particular contemporary author, topic or technical approach to contemporary haiku readers. This is a reader-response essay, so the primary source for your essay will be your own readings and analyses of 6-10 haiku. If you are doing an author focus, discuss your author's approach to writing haiku. You may choose to write about a haiku topic instead of an author, with reader responses to 6-10 haiku related to that topic. Matching comparisons with haiku by other authors are always valued in all approaches to this essay. This can focus on one book by the author in the form of a book review essay or on a particular theme or technical approach to haiku by the author.

o focus on a point of insight or question about that author's unique contribution
o include response discussions of 6-10 haiku by the author
o include at least one matching comparison to a haiku by another author (or more)
o may include email or phone interview to help address the haiku writer's poetics

Length? 5-10 pages single-spaced. Citations? Full citation of each source within text first time mentioned (followed by haiku citation convention of author, publication title abbreviated, page number) for subsequent mentions. Yes, do include a works-cited page.

Your reader response essays are due October 29.

topic or author idea proposal submitted by MOODLE by midnight, Sunday, October 13 or sooner

Alex - Peggy Lyles
Brock - Masajo Suzuki
Caitlin - Garry Gay
Codi - Alan Pizzarelli
John - George Swede
Keila -
Mark - Sonia Sanchez
Mikayla - Lucas Stensland
Morgan - George Swede
Rachel - Nick Virgilio
Ramey - Masajo Suzuki
Rick - Peggy Lyles
Ryan - George Swede
Sarah - John McManus

For 10/17 - haiku of the day --->

reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end

writing response 1: Give your reading of Issa's snail haiku.

email your writing responses by midnight Wednesday, October 16th.

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!

Email your short short short haiku story by midnight, October 20th

For 10/22 -- haiku of the day ---> Brock

kukai response: write about your two favorites form the matching contests:

2 Matching Contest - Mido2 Matching Contest favorites

3 Matching Contest - Kuro3 Matching Contest favorites

reading: Read the introduction and preface, as well as poems from The Millikin University Haiku Anthology

reader response: write response paragraphs for two favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology

short short story writing: Finish a full draft of your haiku story. Include at least three episodes/scenes. Include 3-5 haiku in your haiku story scenes (possibly by characters in your story). Leave it open-ended with a haiku! BRING A PRINT COPY TO CLASS

Submit your kukai and reading responses, and short short story to Moodle by Sunday 10/20 at midnight.

For 10/24 -- haiku of the day---> Rachel

reading: Finish The Millikin University Haiku Anthology

reading response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology

writing haiku: 5-10 haiku on the college experience.

Submit your haiku to Moodle by Wednesday 10/23 at midnight.

for 10/29

Contemporary Haiku Reader Response Essay Presentations:

Bring a 1-page handout with the works citations & haiku discussed in your essay. (16 copies) Powerpoint or Prezi optional. Essays and presentation handout pages are due by Moodle by midnight, October 28.

Alex - Peggy Lyles
Brock - Masajo Suzuki
Caitlin - Garry Gay
Codi - Alan Pizzarelli
John - George Swede
Keila - Masajo Suzuki
Mark - Sonia Sanchez
Mikayla - Lucas Stensland
Morgan - George Swede
Rachel - Nick Virgilio
Ramey - Masajo Suzuki
Rick - Peggy Lyles
Ryan - George Swede
Sarah - John McManus

for 10/31

Contemporary Haiku Reader Response Essay Presentations (continued).

Halloween Haiku Gift Exchange!

Prepare a signature haiku gift with a Halloween haiku (trick, treat, mayhem, etc.) with a small gift (candy, a bookmark, etc) that ties into the haiku if possible. A bookmark is the most common signature gift haiku. Bring 16 copies for exchange, 17 if you want to keep one.

haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku in response or in the spirit of your author study.

reader response: write about your favorite of the Haiku Short Short Stories (see the PDF file below for all of the stories submitted in final revised versions).

for 11/5

For Nov 5 -- Advising Day, no class

For Nov 7th -- haiku of the day -->

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, November . . . (seasonal without using the word autumn)

submit reading response, match, and haiku through MOODLE by midnight Wednesday 11/06

For Nov 12 -- haiku of the day ---> ?

kukai response: Write one paragraph response of your favorite from the kukai 3 on Thursday. Also write two "caps" from two of your favorites. In other words, write two lines of poem in addition to what's already been written.

reading & response writing 1: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and write a paragraph about one favorite link (or pair of links) in one of the renku examples.

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.

Upload to Moodle by midnight Sunday, November 10th.

For Nov 14 -- haiku of the day ---> ?

mad verse renga!

Reading: Read "How to Rengay" (handout below) and the student kasen <>

Writing Response: Write a paragraph response to one of the rengay in the handout.

Tan renga writing: Pair up with someone in class. Exchange 3-5 haiku. Write caps (two lines) for those haiku.

Submit your tan renga by midnight Wednesday 11/13.

For 11/19

Write a kasen renga (36 links) with classmates, friends, etc. Follow the general form and guidelines (see below for handout). Bring your kasen to class in the traditional folded style (a template is provided below if you want to type your kasen).

By Tuesday morning please upload your kasen (or take a photo/scan) to Moodle.

For 11/21

Type up the mad verse kasen written in class. Give it a title, make edits if necessary. Write a short response reflecting on the process as well as any changes you made.

Upload your mad verse and commentary by Wednesday at midnight.

for 11/26

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. Submit by Moodle a paragraph explaining your project plan by midnight November 24.

Haiku projects are due December 10

for 12/3

Thanksgiving matching contest

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 a short response to me about favorites selected by your family and friends. Which ones did they like best and why? moodle submission due by midnight, Sunday December 1

haiku writing: write 8-10 Thanksgiving break haiku, moodle submission due by midnight, Sunday December 1

for 12/5

reading: School's Out by Randy Brooks and Tea's Aftertaste (pdf available on Moodle) by Aubrie Cox

writing response: write a reader response to your favorite haiku from School's Out and your favorite haiku from Tea's Aftertaste and submit your responses by Moodle by midnight, December 4

for 12/10

Haiku projects are due December 10

haiku projects to be shared on 12/10. Moodle the contents of your projects (the haiku at and introduction & photographs or power point or Prezi, etc) by Midnight December 10.

Haiku Project Plans:

Alex - 36 golf-links kasen
Brock & Mikayla - Millikin photo haiga album
Caitlin - Sammy the horse haiku
Codi - Disney haiku
John & Ryan - haipoo collection
Keila - xxxxx
Mark - dance haiku like Sonia Sanchez
Morgan - xxxxx
Rachel - xxxxx
Ramey - social media stories & haiku on restoring faith in humanity
Rick - Pink Floyd concept album haiku
Sarah - haiku or senryu in response to songs

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 10.

for 12/12 (last day of class) - Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections

(1) Signature haiku gift exchange and haiku chapbook collections are due Thursday, December 12.

The signature haiku process—a haiku to give to others when they ask about haiku that can be used to teach them about haiku and to share some of your work with them. A haiku you want to be known for or known by—one that works with a lot of readers. A gift of a haiku insight . . . often presented as a gift of some sort such as a bookmark, a small haiku stone, etc. SIGN your haiku! bring 16 copies (includes one for yourself).

(2) Haiku Collection Booklets due December 12: 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.

Select and organize your best haiku & senryu & haibun & renga into a small booklet or collection. Give your collection a title and a © 2013 page. (Often signature haiku are connected to the title.) Include a dedication page if you would like.

Be sure to write an author's introduction to your collection which explains your title and briefly expresses your approach to writing haiku and why these are the ones you have included in your collection (your poetics preface). Ask a reading partner to write a short introduction to your collection, maybe pointing out one or two favorites—or their observation about something unique about your haiku (the reader's introduction). The reader's introduction should help strangers appreciate and value your collection.

Don't forget to submit (by Moodle) the contents of your collection including your introductions by midnight, Tuesday, December 12!

Don't forget to submit (by Moodle) your short bio statement to by midnight, December 12. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku Reading program.

for FINAL EXAM on December 18 Global Haiku Reading @ 8am at Pilling Chapel

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 Moodle) by Midnight, December 15.

Final kukai winners will be read and announced at the FINAL EXAM.

(1) Global Haiku Reading at tba location - Tuesday December 18 from 8-9:30am. I will bring your chapbook collections and return them to you at the final Global Haiku Reading.

Dr. Brooks & Aubrie Cox - MCs

Mikayla - program design (introductions & bio notes) send your bio notes to Dr. Brooks

Ryan - publicity & promoting the event on facebook & signature haiku book & reading greeter

Extra credit is available for bringing 2 or more guests to the reading, or for helping with one of our haiku reading tasks.

(2) Submissions to Global Haiku magazines Final.

(one email submission submitted (by Moodle) & one snail mail submission on paper in envelopes brought to the final exam)

Type a selection of 5 of your best haiku with your name and address on the upper left hand corner of the page. Also bring an envelope with your name and address in the upper left hand corner. Also include a self addressed envelope with your name and address in both the upper left hand corner and the addressee spot. (Most will be submitted to magazines by email, so don't include postage or stamps.)