Advanced Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
IN203 Humanities Honors Seminar - Fall 2014
Dr. Randy Brooks

Millikin University
Shilling 209
rbrooks@millikin.edu

Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Fall 2014

<http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/courses/globalFall2014/assignments.html>

Classroom: Library 029

Informal Reader Response Writing & Haiku Writing (20 days) (10 each) • 200 total points
Kasen Renga • 20 points
Contemporary Haiku Essay (mid-term) • 100 points
Haiku Project • 100 points
Haiku Collection (paper booklet & by email) • 100 points
Haiku Collection Poetics Preface on YOUR Art of Writing Haiku • 20 points
Signature Haiku Gift Exchange • 20 points
Submission Ready (page in envelopes) • 20 points
Final Reading • 20 points

ALL ASSIGNMENTS are to be submitted by email.
Send them to: rbrooks@millikin.edu
(Use your SAVE AS function and choose “Rich Text Format” or “DOC” for digital files.)

Final Exam: tba


Haiku Community Links:

Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
American Haiku Archives • http://www.americanhaikuarchives.org/
Haiku Chronicles • http://www.haikuchronicles.com/
The Haiku Foundation • http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/
Simply Haiku • http://www.simplyhaiku.com
Heron's Nest • http://www.theheronsnest.com/
Modern Haiku • http://www.modernhaiku.org/
A Hundred Gourds • http://ahundredgourds.com
World Kigo Database • http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/
Haibun Today • http://haibuntoday.com/


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. Next one is October 25, 2014.

Tea ceremonies will continue to be offered every Thursday at 2:00 and 3:00. Please join us and find a moment of peace as you experience the Way of Tea.

What should I wear to a tea ceremony?

You need to wear white socks in order to walk on the tatami mats in the tea rooms. You will want to wear something in which you will be comfortable kneeling or sitting on the tatami mats. The tea ceremony hosts would prefer if you do not wear blue jeans or shorts.

(2) 2014 Autumn Moon Viewing Contest

The Bangor Haiku Group is sponsoring its 3rd annual Autumn Moon Viewing Contest. Send 1 moon viewing haiku between October 8 and October 31 to <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com>. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a haiku related book and monetary award. Results early November.

The Harvest Moon (Super Moon is September 9, 2014)
Next full moon is October 8, 2014.

Write your moon viewing haiku!

(3) Haiku & Poetry Readings

Check here for extra credit opportunities to participate or attend haiku & poetry readings.
Extra credit for competing or attending. Write an email response to the event after the fact.

POETRY READING - Friday September 12 at 7pm - Wildflour Bakery at 256 W. Main St. Decatur
Four poets: Eric Shonkwiler, James Warner, Amy Sayre Baptista, Aubrie Cox (haiku & tanka writer)

(4) Youtube Haiku Magazine

The first issue of Frozen Butterfly, the video journal of English-Language haiku has been released and is now available to watch via YouTube. The journal was founded, and is currently edited and produced by John McManus, and he invites submissions from Millikin haiku students. The journal's mission is to showcase a broad range of styles and approaches to English-Language haiku. For full details visit the blog at <http://frozenbutterflyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/>.

 


Kukai Favorite Selections

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Haiku to Edit 1Haiku to Edit Results

Matching Contest 1
Matching Contest 1 - Favorites

Kukai 2Kukai 2 Favorites

Kukai 3Kukai 3 Favorites

Kukai 4Kukai 4 Favorites

Matching Contest 2
Matching Contest 2 - Favorites

Kukai 5Kukai 5 Favorites

Kukai 6Kukai 6 Favorites

Matching Contest 3
Matching Contest 3 - Favorites

Matching Contest 4
Matching Contest 4 - Favorites

Matching Contest 5
Matching Contest 5 - Favorites

Matching Contest 6
Matching Contest 6 - Favorites

1 RengayFavorites

1 Tan-rengaFavorites

Kasen Renga:

Black Canvas

from the sea we come and go

Happenstance

I am Invincibile

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This Crazy Road Called Life

Haiku Fiction Contest
judged by
David G. Lanoue & Aubrie Cox

1st Place:
The Musings of a Girl and Her Baggage
by Mackenzie Peck

2nd Place:
Captain's Log
by Natalie Zelman

3rd Place:
A Stitch in Time
by Jonathan Rieck

Final Kukai Final Kukai Favorites

 


Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:

for 8/28 - haiku of the day --> Sara

reading: Mayfly magazine sample

writing response: send me an email 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 5 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters). (email your 3 responses & 5 haiku by midnight Wednesday, August 27)


for 9/2 - haiku of the day --> Mackenzie

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)

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

cucumbers
soaked in vinegar—
the heat

          Lyles, THTR, 48

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 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: 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 31)


for 9/4 - haiku of the day --> Alec

haiku to edit workshop

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 reading responses: select 1 favorite haiku from Mayfly 57 and briefly write your imagined, felt response to it.

haiku write: 5 haiku on perceptions of being outdoors in the summer.

And have someone from your group email me your list of characteristics of the best haiku.

(email your 3 responses & 5 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, September 3)


for 9/9 - haiku of the day --> Olivia

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 7)

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).

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 7.

Kukai Champion Trista says: write a haiku about a favorite food.


for 9/11 - haiku of the day --> Daniel

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: Gail Sher - Guide for Beginning Haiku (availabe as PDF from Moodle)

reading response 2: compare Gail Sher's suggestions with the inroductions by Peggy Lyles (one page max)

in class Thursday 9/11 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.

editing workshop guidelines: 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.

haiku writing: 5-10 new haiku ANY topic!

Due by email Wednesday, September 10.


for 9/16 - haiku of the day --> Rebecca

haiku to edit 1: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Thursday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least three haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout.

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: 5-10 new haiku with a clear seasonal connection (kigo) to things happening right now (chilly night, football, foggy morning, end of summer)

Extra credit for competing or attending. Write an email response to the event after the fact.

POETRY READING - Friday September 12 at 7pm - Wildflour Bakery at 256 W. Main St. Decatur
Four poets: Eric Shonkwiler, James Warner, Amy Sayre Baptista, and Aubrie Cox (a haiku & tanka poet)

Due by email Sunday midnight, September 14


for 9/18 - haiku of the day --> Taylor

writing response to Matching Contest 1 Favorites: write a comparison of your favorite pair in this matching contest

writing response to Kukai 2 Favorites: write your imagined felt responses to your 2 favorite haiku from kukai 2 (one paragraph for each)

haiku writing: write 2-3 haiku using the Matching Contest 1 winner's word or image/phrase is "creepy".

haiku writing: writing love haiku or senryu: write 5 haiku on any topic and 5-10 more haiku on first dates, breaking up, autumn romance, girl friends, boy friends, love

email your responses and your new haiku attempts by midnight Wednesday, September 17


for 9/23 - haiku of the day --> Brandi

reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 1-64

reading response 1: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to them. (email your 3 response paragraphs to me by midnight, Sunday September 21

writing health & more love haiku or senryu: 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, AND more LOVE? haikuetc. to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Sunday September 21


for 9/25 - haiku of the day --> Danna

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 two of them. 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, and your 4-6 relationships haiku by midnight, Wednesday September 24)


for 9/30 - haiku of the day --> Natalie

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-langauge haiku poetry community from the video. also briefly discuss one or two or the haiku poets who especially intrigued you

reader response 3: to Kukai 3 Favorites: write your imagined felt responses to your 2 favorite haiku from kukai 3 (one paragraph for each)

writing haiku: open topic 8-10 new haiku

writing haiku: open topic 1-3 new haiku with Olivia's "mysterious" as your prompt

email your responses and haiku by midnight Sunday, September 28


for 10/2 - haiku of the day --> Trista

reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-60 including the introductions

reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology

write new haiku: write 5-10 haiku in response to The Haiku Anthology favorites or open topics.

IN CLASS TEAM 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?

genre n 1: a kind of literary or artistic work 2: a style of expressing yourself in writing [syn: writing style, literary genre] 3: a class of artistic endeavor having a characteristic form or technique. (dictionary.com)

literary genre n : a style of expressing yourself in writing [syn: writing style, genre] (dictionary.com)

genre (zhän`r?), in art-history terminology, a type of painting dealing with unidealized scenes and subjects of everyday life. Although practiced in ancient art, as shown by Pompeiian frescoes, and in the Middle Ages, genre was not recognized as worthy and independent subject matter until the 16th cent. in Flanders. There it was popularized by Pieter Bruegel, the elder. It flourished in Holland in the 17th cent. in the works of Ter Borch, Brouwer, Metsu, De Hooch, Vermeer, and many others, and extended to France and England, where in the 18th and 19th cent., its major practitioners were Watteau, Chardin, Greuze, Morland, and Wilkie. In Italy genre elements were present in Carpaccio's and Caravaggio's paintings, but not until the 18th cent. did genre become the specialty of an Italian artist, Pietro Longhi. The French impressionists often painted genre subjects as did members of the American ashcan school. (Columbia encyclopedia)

see Wikipedia for an introductory discussion of genre at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_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.

TEAM presentation due Tuesday October 7

Compare the Art of Haiku to [your team's comparison choice]. Email your written team/partner presentation overview comparison idea (by Wednesday midnight 10/1):


for 10/7 - haiku of the day --> Allie

reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 60-120

reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku

reader response 2: to Kukai 4 Favorites: write your imagined felt responses to your 2 favorite haiku from kukai 4 (one paragraph for each)

writing haiku: open topic 1-3 new haiku with Natalie's "a favorite book" as your prompt

team comparison interactive experiences:

1 - Haiku & Visual Art - Valina, Alec , Brandi
2 - Haiku & CherryBerry - Rebecca, Jonathan, Taylor
3 - Haiku & Starbucks Coffee - Allie, Olivia, Deja, Mikayla

writing haiku: 5-10 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre. Send me your new haiku by midnight, October 5


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

team presentations:

4 - Haiku & Apples to Apples - Sara, Erin, Daniel
5 - Haiku & Tea - Natalie, Danna, Trista


for 10/14 - haiku of the day --> Mikayla

reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 120-273

reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku and an extended memory response to 1 favorite (ending with 2-3 haiku from your memory).

writing haiku: 10 haiku open topic. Send me your new haiku by midnight, October 12


for 10/16 - haiku of the day --> Jonathan (Fall Break October 17-20)

reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 274-327

reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku and an extended memory response to 1 favorite (ending with 2-3 haiku from your memory).

writing haiku: (from above 2-3 haiku from memory response & moon vieweing haiku: Autumn Moon Viewing Contest! Go outside, have some tea and write 3-5 moon viewing haiku). Send me your new haiku by midnight, October 15

Author or Haiku topic Study:

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 <http://www.thehaikufoundation.org>. These essays are due November 4, about 3 weeks after Fall break. In order to loan you books from the Decatur Haiku Collection, I need to know your intended topic or author by Wednesday at midnight, October 15. 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 or in-person interview questions 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.


for 10/21 - haiku of the day --> Deja Finley

Two assignments for Fall break:

(1) Take a break and enjoy being with friends, family and quiet time with yourself. Share a few of your haiku with family and friends.

(2) haiku writing: write 10-20 haiku or a haiku sequence over Fall Break about your life's reality during fall break or about special locations and places of significance to you in your home town or travel. Don't write a bunch of cliches or stereotypical fall stuff. Write from the reality of YOUR actual fall break.

email your fall break haiku by Monday noon, October 20 for our kukai!
Yes, Fall break kukai will be Tuesday!


for 10/23 - haiku of the day --> Valina Hoang

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.

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. Homework due by email midnight, 10/22.


for 10/28 - haiku of the day --> Rebecca

writing response: write about a favorite pair from one of our matching contests Matching Contest 3 (Kuro) or Matching Contest 4 (Mido)

write haiku: 3-5 haiku on the topic from our matching contest winners.

reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end

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

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 10 pages maximum & 5 haiku miniimum and 10 haiku maximum) And yes, you do need a title. You may write this as a short short play or diaglogue instead of story.

Haiku Fiction Contest judged by David Lanoue & Aubrie Cox

1st Place: "The Musings of a Girl and Her Baggage" by Mackenzie Peck

This piece is excellently written. From the first paragraph, I was hooked, entering the consciousness of this interesting young persona. The haiku that begins, "the scars on her wrist," absolutely stunned me. Of all the entries, some of them quite excellent, this is the one that showed the best balance of skillful prose and memorable haiku, in my opinion. Fine work, Mackenzie! —David G. Lanoue

The first thing that stood out to me was the strength of the main character's voice. I like the way the narrator moves in and out of her personal issues and haiku craft. It's honest and had strong insights on haiku and how cathartic it can be. There was a noticeable change in character and improvement of haiku throughout—things needed in good storytelling and especially haiku fiction. Like David, I was also grabbed by "the scars on her wrist" haiku. I didn't want this story to end. —Aubrie Cox 

2nd Place: "Captain's Log" by Natalie Zelman

Being a Trekkie from way back, I loved this story. The prose is well-written (in paragraph 1, the repetition of "three days" is quite effective). And the space-ku are imaginative and appealing, both visually and emotionally. Natalie, you did a great job of teaching and entertaining at the same time. Bravo! —David G. Lanoue

"Captain's Log" made me laugh. Not just because it was silly, but because it was smart. I had a strong sense of who the character is and got a kick out of the captain's response to haiku and how he begins writing. A great venture into scifiku and learning through laughter. —Aubrie Cox

3rd Place: "A Stitch in Time" by Jonathan Rieck

First off, the prose is great, filled with dynamic and fresh imagery. Secondly, the haiku are interesting with surprising leaps and juxtapositions. The counterpoint of flowing prose with laser-sharp haiku made for an interesting and enjoyable read. Keep writing, Jonathan. You have real talent. —David G. Lanoue

What drew me to this piece was the poetic nature of the prose, which is so different from the haiku, so it still has a strong juxtaposition between poetry and prose. I like the surrealism that carries throughout and how the haiku simultaneously ground the reader and push them forward. A truly unique piece. It pushes a lot of boundaries in the best of ways. —Aubrie Cox

Honorable Mention haiku fiction (no particular order):

"The Wanting Well" by Danna Herbach

It's great to see some magical realism in the most unlikely locations. It also emphasizes haiku as a social art, and that the journey is its own reward. There's something incredibly satisfying about finally writing something you feel genuinely proud of. —Aubrie Cox

"Jane, the Perfect Haiku" by Erin O'Brien

Strong prose and nice characters. I think there's something to be said about the relationships we create around art, and how our bonds can influence what we write, often for the better. —Aubrie Cox 

"Meaning" by Brandi DeLenardo

I like the approach this one takes in considering how to write haiku from real life. The final haiku grabbed me and I loved how it changed everything we as readers thought we knew about the main character. —Aubrie Cox

"Haiku Gal" by Alexandria Wilson

Playful and cute. I empathized with the narrator as I, too, for years wanted my stories to have open endedness. Things finally made sense once I found haiku. Also, there was a troll in this story, which all successful fantasies need. —Aubrie Cox

"How to Succeed in Haiku Without Really Trying" by Mikayla Shaw

I didn't "read" this story at first. I was driving home to New Orleans, returning from a haiku conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my girlfriend Kathleen and two poets in the backseat. While I drove, Kathleen read it out loud. Everyone in the car laughed at the clever parody of the old movie (one of my favorites). I found this piece to be playful and imaginative in equal measure. Thanks, Mikayla, for helping make the miles go by in a pleasant way! —David G. Lanoue

"Losing Isaac" by Deja Finley

I liked this story because instead of representing a "how to write haiku" narrative, it presents an original drama in which people are brought together by haiku, later separate, and in the end...? The open ending is poignant and provocative. Well done, Deja! —David G. Lanoue


for 10/30

writing response 1: write reader responses to 3 favorites related to your haiku essay

writing response 2: find and write about a matched pair related to your haiku essay

haiku writing: write 3-5 Halloween or All Saints Day haiku

submit all of your homework by midnight, October 29


for 11/4 - no class (scheduling day)

Write your essay!

No other homework due except for 1 kukai response: write about a favorite match of haiku from Matching Contest 5 - Favorites (Halloween & All Saints Day) due midnight November 2


for 11/6 PRESENTATIONS!

Author or Haiku topic essays due with haiku discussed handout for class presentation.

These essays are due by email midnight November 5 and ready for presentation on November 6.

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 optional to include at a matching comparison to a haiku by another author (or more)
o may include email or in-person interview questions 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.

Bring 20 copies on a single page (front and back is fine if needed) providing your audience with copies of all haiku in the essay. If you have printer problems, send it to me and I'll print it for you.

Alec Cambell - Swede & narrative fiction stance
Allie Wilson - mystery & spooky haiku (Morcom)
Brandi DeLeonardo - art haiku (Lamb's Bust of Sylvette) or Halloween haiku or Seasons in Haiku
Danna Herbach - Robert Boldman & Marlene Mountain
Daniel Rausch - Swede, Winke, Brooks edgy haiku
Deja Finley - Sonia Sanchez
Erin O'brien - Patricia Neubauer
Jonathan Rieck - Anita Virgil
Mackenzie Peck- Rod Willmot
Mikayla Shaw - Alexis Rotella & Roberta Beary
Natalie Zelman - Raymond Roseliep & haiku on creative process of art
Olivia Cuff - Ruth Yarrow
Rebecca Coulter - David Lanoue
Sara Siegfried - Lee Gurga & small town haiku
Taylor Hagerdown - Nicholas Virgilio & war haiku
Daniel Ruasch - edgy haiku from Millikin students
Trista Smith - Sonia Sanchez
Valina Hoang - city scape haiku


for 11/11

reading: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select two favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to two haiku. email due midnight, November 9.

response writing: 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 email due midnight, Novemeber 9.

haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on a topic related to your essay email due midnight, Novemeber 9.


for 11/13 - INTRO TO LINKED VERSE (tan-renga intro in class)

reading: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select two favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to two haiku. email due midnight, November 12.

response writing: 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 email due midnight, Novemeber 12.

haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on a topic related to your essay email due midnight, Novemeber 12.

haiku writing: write 5-6 haiku in response to Basho haiku


for 11/18 - MAD VERSE RENGA! (in class)

reading response: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and email a ¶ me about one favorite link (a pair of links) in one of the renku examples.

tan-renga capping: send me caps for at least 3 of the tan-renga hokku (select any favorite haiku from previous kukai or matching contests this semester)

team writing assignment: write 2 rengay with your group following the guidelines in the handout, HOW TO WRITE RENGAY (download).

email by midnight Sunday, November 16.


for 11/20

reader response: write about your favorite Rengay from class and your favorite Tan-renga.

write 10 new haiku - open topic! send me some new haiku. brrrrrr!


for 11/25

(1) type and email me your Mad-verse Kasen renga completed in class with this: 10 point kasen renga template

(2) Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students at: http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/studentrenga/Grasshoppers&Tobacco.html

(3) 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, November 23.

Here is a DOC file you can use to print your kasen-renga: renga layout guide (doc).

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.

(1) ninjô verses—people or emotion or human environment verses (self, other or both)
(2) ninjô-nashi—non-people or things or place or nature-only verses

Write a 36 link kasen-no-renga:

(1) hokku—sets tone, greets all, establishes season, quiets guests to join in
(2) wakiku—builds on unstated elements of the hokku and maintains season. ends in a noun
(3) daisanku—ends with open-ended image (often transitive verb ING)
(5) usually moon shows up here for the first time
(6) concludes the first page (jo) often written by the official scribe
(7)-(29) heats up the links and leaping (intensification)
(13) moon appears again
(17) blossoms usually show up here
(29) moon’s third and final appearance
(30)-(36) kyû—the slow down finale (quiets back down into calmness)
(35) cherry blossoms always here
(36) end with openness and reverberation

Publication fold/design questions?
The paper is folded into 4 panels for each side (cathedral door style).
Panel 1 (outside cover) – title, date, place, copyright, (sometimes authors)
Panel 2 (first fold inside left panel) – first six links
Panel 3 (further inside far left panel) – next six links
Panel 4 (far left inside page panel) – next six links
Panel 5 (right center page panel) – next six links
Panel 6 (far right inside page panel) – next six links
Panel 7 (last fold inside right page panel) – next six links
Panel 8 (back outside cover) – acknowledgments & author links
optional obi (paper belt around the folded renga)

Kasen Renga:

Black Canvas

from the sea we come and go

Happenstance

I am Invincibile

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This Crazy Road Called Life

email me your kasen-renga due Sunday, Midnight November 23. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted) for sharing in class on November 25


for 11/27 (Thanksgiving Break November 26-30)


for 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 30

haiku writing: write 8-10 Thanksgiving break haiku, email due by midnight, Sunday November 30


for 12/4

(1) 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 3.

You can see sample previous haiku projects at:

http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/studentprojects.html

Haiku projects are due December 9

(2) Read School's Out by Randy Brooks and write reading responses: write a reader response to 2 favorite haiku from School's Out due midnight, Wednesday December 3

(3) kukai response: write about a favorite haiku from Final Kukai Favorites

(4) Write 5-8 haiku related to your project proposal due by Wednesday December 3.


for 12/9

haiku projects due (to be shared in class). email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight Monday, December 8 or sooner.

Alec Cambell - haiku in ficitonal languages
Allie Wilson - photography haiku
Brandi DeLeonardo - haiku story
Danna Herbach - hidden haiku tattoos
Daniel Rausch - solo kansen on animals
Deja Finley - fortune teller haiku
Erin O'brien - haiku videos
Jonathan Rieck - happiness haiku video
Mackenzie Peck- Marvel comic characters haiku
Mikayla Shaw - cat haiku
Natalie Zelman - surrealistic art & haiku
Olivia Cuff - baking haiku
Rebecca Coulter - Kelly Clarkson songs haiku
Sara Siegfried - crocheting & haiku "A Stitch in Time"
Taylor Hagerdown - phtography & haiku
Daniel Ruasch - animals kasen
Trista Smith - haiku doodling
Valina Hoang - a day in the life of Millikin


for 12/11 (last day of class)

Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections & Projects

(1) Signature haiku gift exchange (digital photo sent to me) and haiku chapbook collections (email to me) are due Wednesday, December 10.

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.

BRING 18 copies to class! (including 1 for yourself)

(2) Haiku Collection Booklets due: 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 © 2014 page. (Often signature haiku are connected to the title.) Include a dedication page if you would like to.

Be sure to write an author's introduction to your collection which explains your title and expresses your approach or 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.

Bring your Haiku Collection to class Thursday, December 11!

Don't forget to e-mail a copy of the contents of your collection including your introduction to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Wednesday, December 10!

Don't forget to e-mail your short bio statement to Dr. Brooks by midnight, December 10. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku final exam Reading.


for 12/18 - final exam

final exam reading --> Thursday December 18 @ 2-4pm @ Fireplace Room RTUC

(1) The Fall Global Haiku Reading

I will bring your chapbook collections and return them to you at the final Global Haiku Reading.

Wear beatnik black.
Signature haiku book - Sara is our host (welcoming everyone & inviting them to sign the signature book)
Refreshments - Olivia (baked goodies), Dr. Brooks (ice tea), Allie (napkins & small cups)
Publicity - everyone use text, email, facebook and word of MOUTH!

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

(2) Submissions to haiku magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam in envelopes)

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. Include one dollar or two stamps for postage in one of the envelopes. (Many will be submitted to magazines overseas, so please don't stick the stamps on the envelopes.)