Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Fall 2015
Classroom: Library 029
Haiku Community Links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Kukai Favorite Selections
7 Matching Contest - MU Christmas
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
for 8/25 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
reading: Mayfly magazine sample
for 8/27 - haiku of the day --> Alex
(1) writing response: send me an email copy of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY
(2) haiku writing: write your first 8-10 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters).
reading: To Hear the Rain, handout 1
(3) writing response: find 3 favorite Lyles haikuwrite your imagined felt responses to them (one paragraph each)
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) your 1 Mayfly response, your 3 Lyles responses & 5-10 haiku by midnight Wednesday, August 26)
for 9/1 - haiku of the day --> Courtney
reading: To Hear the Rain and Silence Between Us by Wally Swist
(4) haiku reading responses: select 3 favorite haiku by Wally Swist and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them.
(5) writing extended memory & memory haiku: choose a fourth favorite haiku by Wally Swist or Peggy Lyles that especially triggered memories from your childhood or past. This time write 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.
(6) haiku write: 7-10 new haiku on the being hot or about the end of summer.
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 8/30)
for 9/3 - haiku of the day --> Derekah
in class: new haiku from the extended memory writing 1
(7) reading response 3: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from kukai 1 (one paragraph)
(8) 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.
(9) haiku write: 5-10 new haiku on OPEN topic
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) your favorite kukai response, your haiku-to-edit alternatives, 3 alternatives from your extended memory, 2 alternatives from neighbor's memory & 5-10 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 9/2)
for 9/8 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
(10) Based on the in-class team work, revise or write 3 or more new haiku from your Lyles haiku memory writing and 2 new haiku from your neighbor's extended memory writing (handout from class).
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
(11) writing response 1: find three favorite haiku from the George Swede handout and write a short response paragrapsh about them.
(12) writing response 1: write a longer memory response to a Swede haiku and write 3-5 new haiku from your memory response.
(13) reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or Wally Swist) 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).
(14) haiku write: 5-10 new haiku on the nitty gritty side of college life and the angst of being human — like some of George's haiku.
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) 3 alternatives from your extended memory, 2 alternatives from neighbor's memory, favorites from Swede, matching haiku comparison & 5-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 9/6)
for 9/10 - haiku of the day --> Garrett
(15) write about a favorite haiku from MAYFLY 59
(16) reading response 1: compare the genesis of discourse for two authors (George Swede or Wally Swist 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)
(17) reading response: compare Gail Sher's suggestions for writing haiku with the inroduction and interview in Peggy Lyles' book (one page max)
(18) haiku write: 5-10 haiku OPEN TOPIC.
Due by email midnight Wednesday, September 9.
for 9/15 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 1-64
(19) reading response 1: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to them
(20) kukai responses 2: write about a favorite match or pair of haiku that came up in Kukai 2
(21) writing love haiku or senryu: write 8-10 love or anti-love haiku. Not necessarily all lovey-dovey cliches, but love, lust, crushes, first date, breaking up, unrequited love, good friends, bitterness about love, winter dance, sock hop, blind date, romance, vampire love, and so on . . .
(22) write 2-3 haiku on the oppositions of freedom & confinement
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) 3 favorite haiku by Masajo, 2 favorites from kukai & 8-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 9/13)
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 64-128
(23) reading responses: find two favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to both of them.
(24) writing haiku or senryu: write another 5-10 haiku open topic.
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) 2 more favorite haiku by Masajo, & 5-10 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 9/16)
for 9/22 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
(25) kukai responses: write about a favorite match or pair of haiku that came up in 1 Matching Contest Favorites
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 1-90
(26) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology
Partners genre comparison discussion step one: 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?
(27) email your written team/partner report plan: one person write your team'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 team is planning to compare the art of haiku to.
(28) write 5-10 haiku related to your comparison.
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) comparison of matched pair, 3 favorites from MU Haiku Anthology, your team essentials of haiku, your team's comparison topic plans & 5-10 comparison topic haiku by midnight Sunday, 9/20)
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 91-end
(29) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology
team comparison presentations day
(30) writing haiku: 5 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre.
Presentations/Activities are on Thursday, 9/24 (powerpoint, prezi, game, interactive activity or handouts).
(31) email your presentation/game plans, handouts and your new haiku by midnight, Wednesday, September 23
Reading & DVD viewing: Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, pages 1-88 (whole book). Ideally, 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.
(32) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem
(33) reader response: write a response about what you realized about the English-langauge haiku poetry community from the video. also briefly discuss one of the haiku poets who especially intrigued you.
(34) writing haiku: open topic 10 new haiku
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Sunday, September 27
for 10/1 - Homecoming! (no class - enjoy homecoming week)
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-119 including the introductions
(35) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology
(36) write new haiku: write 5-10 haiku in response to The Haiku Anthology favorites or open topics.
(37) writing response to kukai 3: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 3
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 9/30
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 120-273
(38) reader response: select 3 favorites from the Haiku Anthology and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku and write an extended memory response to 1 favorite (ending with 2-3 haiku from your memory).
(39) haiku writing: write 10-20 haiku or a haiku sequence about homecoming, going home, back home
email your new haiku responses & homecoming haiku by Sunday midnight, October 4.
reading: "An Introduction to Haiku" (Japanese haiku) handout on MOODLE
(40) reader response: select three favorite haiku & write imagined responses to them
(41) kukai responses: write about a favorite match or pair of haiku that came up in 2 Matching Contest Favorites
(42) haiku writing: write 10-20 haiku on open topic INCLUDING some on the matching contest champion's prompt of haiku related to the cold, coldness, where do we contact the cold, a cold person . . .
email your new haiku responses & homecoming haiku by Wednesday midnight, October 7.
Midterm Essay Preview - 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 5, 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 Sunday at midnight, October 18. Here's guidelines for this assignment:
reading: Haiku Guy, (handout on Moodle) pages 1-80
(43) 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.
(44) haiku writing: write 3 haiku from this stop, look & listen exercise.
(45) 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, October 11.
email your Haiku Guy responses, new haiku & essay topic proposal by Wednesday midnight, October 7.
reading response: Bashô (Chapter 3 example) handout
(46) type and email me your Mad-verse Kasen renga completed in class with this: 10 point kasen renga template
(47) Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students at: http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/studentrenga/Grasshoppers&Tobacco.html
(48) 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 18.
(49) 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.
Midterm Essay Preview - Author or Haiku topic Study:
(50) 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 5, 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 Sunday at midnight, October 18. Here's guidelines for this assignment:
(52) write haiku: 10 to 15 haiku open topic (try some with allusions or inclusion of song lyrics)
email your favorites response & new haiku by Wednesday midnight, October 21.
(54) 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, Sunday October 25.
(55) 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 in your Sundayh night email
(56) haiku writing: write 10 haiku on a topic related to your essay AND 3-4 haiku with references to movies, books, artwork, etc.
email your favorites response & new haiku by Sunday midnight, October 25.
(57) write 10 haiku open topic & 5 related to halloween (more movie references possible!)
email your 15 new haiku by Wednesday midnight, October 28.
Presenting your Reader Response Essays
This is a formal essay introducing a particular contemporary author, topic or technical approach to contemporary haiku readers.
As a reader-response essay, 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.
Your essay 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.
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.
In-class presentation guidelines:
Your in-class presentation is an oral overview about your author or study, including your key question and reasons why you found this author/approach so interesting.
Do NOT read your essay. Instead, provide a handout (one page front and back if necessary) including all of the haiku discussed in your essay. Cite the source for each haiku. The main focus of your presentation will be to share and invite discussion of these haiku with the class.
The focus of the in-class presentation is sharing the haiku, not a lengthy report on the author!
(58) email me a copy of your final essay by midnight November 4
(59) email me a copy of your Presentation Handout by midnight November 4
(60) write 5-10 Millikin Christmas haiku for our kukai competition
(61) write 2 haiku from each essay handout - 2 on dreams, 2 on loss, 2 on death, 2 on love, 2 on growing relationship, 2 on seasons weather, 2 from Lyles, 2 on relationships (literarlly reread the haiku from the handouts for each prompt)
(62) write a short story (or dialogue): about a fictional character who writes haiku. Begin writing a short story in which the character encounters a problem (in their life or their writing or you make it up). 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.
email your short short haiku story by Wednesday midnight, November 11.
in class kasen-renga
(63) write about 3 favorite haiku from any of our recent matching contests
(64) haiku project proposal
(65) write 5 OPEN TOPIC haiku and 10 haiku related to your proposed haiku project
email your new haiku by Sunday midnight, November 16.
Read "Thunder Moon" and watch the podcast on Haiku Chronicles:
(66) write a reader response about your favorite link from Thunder Moon.
(68) write 5 OPEN TOPIC haiku and 10 haiku related to your proposed haiku project
(67) read/review the handout on "Link and Shift" by Tadashi Kondo & William J. Higginson. find an English example of a haiku for each of Basho's three types of links—object link, meaning link, and scent link.
(69) read excerpts and the summary of Eric Amann's The Wordless Poem on Zen Aesthetics approach to haiku. These handouts are available on Moodle. Write 1-2 haiku for each of the six principles from Amann's Zen approach.
final kukai! (or haiku cut competition)
(70) Read School's Out by Randy Brooks and write reading responses: write a reader response to 2 favorite haiku from School's Out
(71) 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 about favorites selected by your family and friends. Which ones did they like best and why? email due by midnight, Sunday November 29
(72) haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on your haiku project topic & 5-10 Thanksgiving break haiku
your School's Out favorite & Thanksgiving family favorites & new haiku are due by midnight, Sunday November 29
haiku project presentations
(73) 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 Wednesday, December 2 or sooner.
haiku project presentations
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 Wednesday, December 2 or sooner.
for 12/10 (last day of class)
Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections
(74) Signature haiku gift exchange (digital photo sent to me) and haiku chapbook collections (email to me) are due Wednesday, December 9.
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.
(75) Don't forget to e-mail a copy of the contents of your collection including your introduction to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Wednesday, December 9!
(76) Don't forget to e-mail your short bio statement to Dr. Brooks by midnight, December 9. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku final exam Reading.
for 12/17 - final exam
final exam reading --> Final Exam: Thursday, December 17 @ 2-4pm @ Fireplace Room RTUC
The Fall Global Haiku Reading & Haiku Cut Competition
(77) Submissions to haiku magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam in envelopes)