Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
Mattoon PACE January 2007 • Dr. Randy Brooks


lights off
in the basement
firefly lamp


by Shannon Williams


down by the pond
dripping wet
squish squash


by Jerry Bobbett

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 1Haiku 1 Edited

Kukai Favorite Selections
& Matching Contests:

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Tan-Renga 1

Kukai 2 Kukai 2 Favorites

Rengay Attempts 1

Matching Contest 1 (Wabi)
Matching Contest 1 Favorites

Global Haiku PACE Students • January 2007
Millikin University




Annie Jones

Jerry Bobbett

Kara Manning




Kathy Carter

Shannon Williams

Wayne Longwill

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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