Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
PACE Summer 2004 • Dr. Randy Brooks

  newborn baby
old dog waits . . .

to be held

by Laura Tucker


cool autumn breeze
along the familiar trail
my mother calling

by Susan Tabor

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

Global Haiku Tradition

PACE Schedule (6-10 pm) in Staley Library 013
June 9 · June 16 · June 23 · June 30 · July 7

Students in Global Haiku Tradition

Kukai Favorite Selections & Matching Contests
Kukai 1 Memories

Kukai 2-Seasons

Matching Contest Kukai


Kukai 3

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 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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