Millikin University PACE Course

Global Haiku Tradition
PACE Jan 2009 • Dr. Randy Brooks


first winter snow
the mirror I look into
shows my mother's face


by Andrea Earnest

Haiku to Edit 1

Haiku to Edit 2 Suggestions

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

PACE (6-10pm) Mac lab
Jan 12 • Jan 19 • Jan 26 • Feb 2 • Feb 9

Students in Global Haiku Tradition

Assignments Guide


Kukai Favorite Selections
& Matching Contests:

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Martin Luther King Jr. Kukai

Kukai 2Kukai 2 Favorites

Matching Contest 1

Matching Contest 1 Results

Matching Contest 2

Rengay Attempts

January 2009 Global Haiku Students

AlikeNorman AmandaCole CarsonLomax ChristinBirmgingham CourtneyKerley

Alike Norman

Amanda Cole

Carson Lomax

Christin Birmgingham

Courtney Kerley

DSC05848 DSC05863 ErisEridamus JacquelynManicki JulieTrimble

Tamara Gosnell

Sue James

Eris Eridamus

Jacquelyn Manicki

Julie Trimble

JustinPratt KatieMcIntosh KimileeDay LauriTorbert MarkIssacs

Justin Pratt

Katie McIntosh

Kimilee Day

Lauri Torbert

J. Mark Issacs

MarySwigert MelissaDavidson NicoleWallace RachaelWiley StephenLones

Mary Swigert

Melissa Davidson

Nicole Wallace

Rachael Wiley

Stephen Lones


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.

Students will explore the history and practice Japanese haikai poetics and learn about the role of this literary art in both Japanese and contemporary American culture. Students will compare authors and approaches to haiku from both Japanese and American traditions. Students will develop their professional writing abilities, as academic research writers through a study of a contemporary haiku writer.

The haikai arts emphasize the power of concise writing, in which silence and things not said may be as important as the things said. Therefore, study of the haikai arts helps students develop exact, precise writing skills. Also, since haiku is the art of suggestion and connotation, it requires an integration of reading and writing abilities. Haikai arts stress the importance of an active reader to “finish” the haiku in their own mind. The active response to a haiku is to share your imagined response, or to create another haiku or extension of the original haiku. This process of connecting personal experiences, memories and feelings to the haiku by others helps students explore their own lives, memories, feelings and values.

As students practice the art of reading and writing haiku, they discover that the haikai arts are not the exclusive domain of professional writers. They discover that haiku is a possible means of developing a personal life of meaning and value from their own reading responses and through the writing of their own original haiku.

Download the complete Global Haiku Traditions Syllabus (doc file).

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

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

Millikin University Haiku Anthology edited by Randy Brooks, Emily Evans, Melanie McLay & Rick Bearce, (2008) Bronze Man Books; ISBN 9780978744168

haiku conferences

haiku courses at Millikin

teaching haiku

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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