/ IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
back at the haiku I have written, it seemsed easy to pick
out my favorites from this past semester. I didn't actually
notice how many of my haiku involved a naturalistic aspect.
In picking out two personal favorites, I noticed that two,
coincidentally, were about rain. In fact, those two haiku
are my top favorites and are featured in this collection.
really never noticed a naturalistic theme to my work, early
on in my writing. I don't really know if I have a certain
"style" to my work. I have always taken the approach
to write about recent or current events in my life; while
trying to make sure other people can relate to them as well.
I also use my imagination to create some of my writing.
My mood, at the time I am writing, really sets the tone
for my work. I don't just scribble down a haiku; I have
to be in a certain mind-set to write. I like to write about
special, meaningful moments in my life and try to find the
correct words to best describe those times.
also think that my writing has evolved a lot over the
course of the semester. And now that the semester is over,
I think I am getting "the hang" of the art of
haiku. I hope to continue to write haiku in my free time,
because I think it's a skill and an art I would like to
continue to improve on. I consider the haiku in this book
to be my best and my favorite haiku from my personal collection.
I would describe them as fun, light-hearted, visual pieces.
In learning about haiku this semester, I have learned
a new way to express myself. Hopefully, I will be able
to continue writing and capturing all the special and
memorable moments, real or imaginative, haiku style.
to Julie's dismay, I've been reading her haiku over her
shoulder all semester. It has been very enjoyable. Many
of the haiku have reminded me of things in my own life,
and those that I don't relate to directly still give me
an image or a picture of something in my head. I love
the variety in Julie's writing. Some of the haiku take
me back to childhood, some to romance, and some to family,
among other things. I have so many favorites among Julie's
haiku. If I had to pick one, I think it would be:
of first love letter
choose this haiku because it reminds me of the apprhension
that comes at the beginning of a new relationship. Every
word, movement, and action requires the utmost analysis.
This haiku is about a love letter, but it makes me think
of a million other things. The great thing about Julie's
writing is that so much of it can be easily related to
something in your own life. I have enjoyed my reading.
the yellow tulips
lean for a kiss
into the snow
new puppy, disappears
crowded under the umbrella
she holds me closer
Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois || all rights
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