Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
Mattoon PACE January 2006 • Dr. Randy Brooks


forbidden hill
covered with powdery snow
we laugh the whole way


by Crystal Lutz


stormy night
mother patting the backs
of two small children


by Jill Friesner

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

PACE (6-10pm) Library 013
Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 1 Feb 8

Students in Global Haiku Tradition

Assignments Guide

Haiku to Edit 1

Kukai Favorite Selections
& Matching Contests:

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Kukai 2 Kukai 2 Favorites

Matching Contest • Contest Results


January 2006 PACE Global Haiku Students
Millikin University





Connie Volpe

Crystal Lutz

Jill Friesner

John Byler





Katrina Farris

Kelley Larrick

Leslee Finney

Lisa Wilder





Matt Lee

Stephanie Meis

Terry Mallory

Tracy Nash

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


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