Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
PACE Summer 2003 • Dr. Randy Brooks

  dust particles floating
in a stream of sunlight—
she sits in the old wooden pew
by Kris Wolbers
best haiku PACE 2003


summer afternoon
my heart beats still . . .
Mom’s chemo session

by Amanda Stanckiewitz


longing for comfort—
I turn to the black book
on the moonlit nightstand

by Angie Short

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

Global Haiku Tradition

PACE Schedule (6-10 pm) in the Woods Classroom C
July 30 o Aug 6 o Aug 13 o Aug 20 o Aug 27

Assignments Guide

Students in Global Haiku Tradition

Student Haiku for Responses & Edit Suggestions:

Memory haiku

Response Haiku

Seasonal haiku


Haiku Attempts 4

Kukai Favorite Selections & Matching Contests

Open Kukai 1 || Tan-renga || Thunderstorm || Kukai 3

Final Kukai—A Matching Contest

IN350 / English 340, Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition examines the origins and spread of Japanese haikai poetics from Japan around the world, with a special focus on the adaptation of haiku into other cultures and languages.

A special feature of the course students will research leading international poets, editors and scholars of contemporary haiku. We will study the history of haiku and related poetics in Japan, and then examine the contemporary internalization of haiku in various international cultures.

Students will also learn the art of haiku from both a reader and a writer perspective, thus practicing the haikai arts, not merely reading about them.

Required Books

Matsuo Basho by Makoto Ueda. Paperback Reprint edition (May 1983) Kodansha International; ISBN: 0870115537

The Haiku Anthology by Cor Van Den Heuvel. Paperback edition (2000) W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393321185

The Haiku Handbook by William Higginson, Oxford University Press (1992) ISBN: 4-7700-1430

Masaoka Shiki by Janine Beichman. Cheng & Tsui Company (Boston); ISBN: 0-88727-364-5

Shirane, Haruo. Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Bashô. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Global Haiku Anthology by Swede & Brooks Mosaic Press, February 2000 ISBN 0889627134

Almost Unseen by George Swede, 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN: 0913719994

To Hear the Rain by Peggy Lyles, 2002 Brooks Books; ISBN: 1929820038

Love Haiku: A Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki (translated by Lee Gurga & Emiko Miyashita), 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN: 0929820003

haiku conferences haiku courses at Millikin Modern Haiku magazine
speakers & readings haiku competitions at MU American Haiku Archive
student haiku projects published haiku by students links to haiku web sites
student research on haiku haiku by Millikin students directory of haiku magazines


2003, Dr. Randy Brooks• Millikin University
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