Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
PACE Fall 2004 • Dr. Randy Brooks


she leaves
I roll over
taking her pillow

by David Workman


Winter storm
ice on the power line
candles flicker

by Rusty Vinson


heated argument
scrubbing the kitchen floor
on hands and knees

by Anna Johnson

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

Global Haiku Tradition

PACE (6-10pm) Shilling 310
Nov 18 Nov ? Dec 2 Dec 9 Dec 16

Students in Global Haiku Tradition
Assignments Guide

Haiku to Edit 1

Haiku to Edit 2

Kukai Favorite Selections
& Matching Contests:

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Kukai 2 Kukai 2 Favorites

Kukai 3 Kukai 3 Favorites


Matching Contest Kukai


Course Description

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

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

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

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

Love Haiku: A Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki (translated by Lee Gurga & Emiko Miyashita), 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN: 09298200033

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


© 2004, Dr. Randy Brooks• Millikin University
last updated December 20, 2004about this web site