Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog
All writing assignments are to be submitted by email.
Final Exam: May 15 - 10:30am-12:30pm - RTUC Fireplace Room
Haiku Community Links:
Several blogs provide updates on events & news in the contemporary haiku community. The links:
Also, additional excellent sources of learning more about the contemporary haiku community is through the following links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Extra Credit Opportunities:
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Celebration of Scholarship Event:
Kukai Favorite Selections
Memoir Haibun 1
Spring 2012 Kasen Renga:
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
reading: Mayfly magazine sample issue 48 (Winter 2009)
writing response: send me an email copy of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY 48 and select 2 favorite haiku (from MAYFLY or Peggy Lyles) and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them
haiku writing: write your first 3-5 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters). (email your 3 responses & 3-5 haiku by midnight Wednesday, January 25)
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 1-64, introductions, prose (and the interview in the back of the book)
writing response: find 3 favorite Lyles haikuwrite your imagined felt responses to them (one paragraph each)
writing extended memory & memory haiku: then go into more depth with a fourth haiku that especially triggered memories from your childhood or past (about a one page memoir) describing a memory from your own life. THEN write 3-5 haiku which capture different moments or feelings from within that longer memory from your experience. You may want to especially explore a childhood memory as well as more recent memories.
writing response to Kukai 1: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from kukai 1 (one paragraph)
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on the coldness (not ABOUT the cold but about a moment of encountering the cold—cold wind, cold walk, cold hands, cold car, chill).
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page memior & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, January 29)
haiku to edit workshop
editing haiku: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Tuesday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least two haiku from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout.
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 65-end (read the interview at the back)
haiku reading responses: select 3 more favorite haiku by Peggy Lyles and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them.
haiku write: 5-10 haiku from childhood memories or other memories that come out of reading Peggy Lyles
(email your 3 responses & 2 edits & 5-10 new haiku attempts by midnight Wednesday, February 1) And have someone from your group email me your list of characteristics of the best haiku.
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
writing response 1: find two favorite haiku from the handout and write a short response paragraph to one of them AND write a longer memory response with 3-5 new haiku to your other favorite haiku by George Swede. (email your 1 response paragraph and 1 memory response with 3-5 new haiku to me by midnight, Sunday, February 5)
reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly 47 author) to read side by side. write a short analysis of the writing strategies and techniquse used in these haiku. (not reader response but analysis of writing techniques such as line break, word choice, arrangement, rhythm, sounds, emphasis, break, voice, tone, attitude, etc.). one page maximum for your analysis (half a page is fine).
team editing: read each other's memory writing & resulting haiku. select your favorite one by the team member and offer a couple of edits or variations of another couple haiku. This is for your team ONLY (bring it to class Tuesday). Do NOT email this to me, just bring it to class.
haiku write: 4-5 haiku on the nitty gritty side of winter and the angst of being human — like some of George's haiku. Due by email Sunday, February 5.
writing response 1 to matching contest: write about a favorite match that came up in one of the matching contest, especially a pair you found difficult to choose between
reading: Haiku Handbook Chapter 2 - Introduction to Japanese Haiku (handout)
response writing 2: find 1 favorite Japanese haiku & match it to 1 favorite English language haiku—write your short imagination responses to them (one short paragraph each), then write a short comparison of differences and similarities you notice in the Japanese haiku and English-langauge haiku
haiku writing: 3-6 new haiku with a clear seasonal connection (kigo) to things happening right now (snow melting, foggy night)
team discussion response 1 (one person from your team write this and email it to me by Feb. 12): compare the genesis of discourse for your two authors (George Swede and Peggy Lyles). why do they choose to write haiku about these moments? what is the source of significance worth turning into a literary artwork for them?
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 1-64
reading response 2: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to them. (email your 3 response paragraphs to me by midnight Sunday Feb. 12)
valentine haiku gift exchange: bring 20 copies of one of your favorite Love Haiku (can be by you or by someone else or a new haiku you just wrote or edited) and sign the 20 copies for a Valentine's Day gift exchange. Have fun with this!
writing love haiku or senryu: write 6-10 love or anti-love Valentine's Day haiku. Not necessarily all lovey-dovey cliches, but love, lust, crushes, unrequited love, good friends, bitterness about love, winter dance, sock hop, blind date, romance, vampire love, and so on . . . Send your Valentine's Day haiku to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Sunday Feb. 12.
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 64-128
reading responses: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to both of them. (email your 2 response paragraphs to me by midnight Wednesday Feb. 15)
writing haiku: 5-10 new haiku on winter dance or first date or prayer
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 1-90
reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology email your responses by midnight, 2/19
TEAM group dialogue: what are the essential elements of the very best haiku? What makes some haiku better than others? How would you define or describe the characteristics of the best haiku? What must a highest-quality haiku do (for? with?) for readers to be effective?
Definitions of genres, especially literary genres, usually includes some expectations of form or structure, so our next question is to consider the formal elements of haiku. But genres also include certain expectation of content and aesthetic experience.
TEAM presentation due Thursday February 23:
Compare the Art of Haiku to [your team's comparison choice].
email your written team/partner presentation overview: one person write your team's statement of the essential elements, techniques, characteristics of the best, well-crafted, well-written haiku . . . what are characteristics of your favorite, most effective haiku (use at least 3-5 examples from readings so far). This is the first half of a genre study of haiku. Also, let me know what your group is planning to do for the comparison presentation on the art of haiku AND.
for 2/23 TEAM PRESENTATIONS
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 91-192
reader response: write response paragraphs for three favoriate haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology email your responses by midnight, 2/22
writing haiku: 3-5 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre. Send me your 3-5 new haiku by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 22.
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-60 including the introductions
reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku. send your response writing to me by email by midnight Sunday, Feb. 26.
writing haiku: group matching contests or kukai:
Team 1 - haiku & Apples to Apples - write 2-3 haiku on board games - <LQuick@mail.millikin.edu>
Team 2 - haiku & movie music - send your in-class haiku & responses - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Team 3 - haiku & horror films - <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuuggj-aaHk&feature=youtu.be> send your horror haiku - <Lhuston@mail.millikin.edu>
Team 4 - haiku & interpretive dance - wait until after next Tuesday - <email@example.com>
Team 5 - haiku & cake decoration - write 2-3 haiku about cakes & cake occaisions <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Team 6 - haiku & coffee beans - write 2-3 haiku about coffee & waking up - <email@example.com>
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 60-120
reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku. send your response writing to me by email by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 29.
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 120-203
reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku. send your response writing to me by email by midnight Sunday, March 4.
tan-renga capping: through email or in meetings, select some favorite haiku by each other and write caps for 3 favorite haiku by your partners. How do you write a cap? Add two more lines to the haiku making a new 5 line poem, a tan-renga.
haiku writing: 5-10 haiku on spring sunshine, spring clothes, warmth, jazz, or Lent
enjoy our Mad Verse Renku from March 6, 2012
read the handout: HOW TO WRITE RENGAY (download here)
team writing assignment ( in class Thursday) NO WRITING HOMEWORK DUE!: write 2 rengay with your group following the guidelines in the handout.
for 3/13 & 3/15 - Enjoy SPRING BREAK!
TEAM MEETING TUESDAY (no class meeting)! Share your spring break haiku and write 2-3 Team Rengay or a free-form renku of linked verses related to spring break.
reading response writing: Share 10-15 of your best haiku with family and friends over spring break, and see which ones they like the best. Write an email to me about favorites selected by your family and friends. Which ones did they like best and why? email by midnight Monday, March 19.
haiku writing: write 15-20 haiku or a haiku sequence or haiku journal over Spring Break about your life's reality during spring break or about special locations and places of significance to you in your home town. Don't write a bunch of cliches or stereotypical spring break stuff. Write from the reality of YOUR actual spring break. email by Monday midnight, March 19 for our kukai! Yes, spring break kukai will be Thursday, March 22!
writing: also send me your TEAM RENGAY by midnight Wednesday, March 21
reading: Chapter 4 "Haiku Prose" from The Haiku Handbook by William J. Higginson. Also read sample haibun from Frogpond 33.1, Winter 2010 and the following haibun:
reading: Chapter 4 "PROSE" in Matsuo Basho book by Makato Ueda.
by Brian Blankenship
Over the summer as a kid, and lately, over Thanksgiving, my family and I would make a trip to visit my grandparents. Without access to a swimming pool, there wasn’t too much to do during the summer in Maubury, Alabama. With the combination of the heat, the insects, and the snakes, my grandparents’ property became a regular cesspool for disease and dehydration. But during the fall, things would cool down outside enough so that it was too cold for the snakes and bugs, but just habitable enough for us Chicagoans to enter these untamed, Alabamian outdoors.
My brothers and I found our way to the pine thicket just beside the house. In the summer months, a bed of needles or an overturned branch could be home to a giant banana spider or an aggravated copperhead, but during the cool weather, we could wander the brush without worry of toxins entering our bloodstreams and, with the closest hospital being a good hour and a half drive away, killing us any time soon. Over the years, Josh, Ben, and I had become adept at spotting which saplings were on the verge of crashing down to the dry, forest floor. We would fly through the woods, knowing the exact point of contact and the perfect amount of force at which to kick the trunks of these lifeless conifers, causing them to fall to the ground as we stood tall, one hand clenched heroically in a fist at our hip, the other, cupped at our mouth, echoing our “Timber!” across the entirety of the eighty-eight acre plot. Often times, a tree would split at the point of impact, the top half toppling down to earth in our direction. We would escape by diving from the path of the careening pine branches, shielding our eyes from the projectile splinters of kindling.
All the while, my grandfather (whom we have always referred to as JB – my dad, my uncle, my grandmother, I’m convinced his own father never called him by anything other than the initials to his birth name) would sit idly by on the patio – his grey slacks hiked up far higher than designed to, exposing a few inches of ankle flesh, permanently tanned to a crisp from the years of farm work he had been subjected to as a child and the Indian blood that runs through his veins – and he would watch the road. The far side of the gravel was completely wooded and had been fenced in long ago to maintain three goats he had purchased at the flee market in a buyer’s frenzy, which my grandmother made him return shortly after. Just shy of the natural-made gutter that ran the length of Yarbough Road (a road that was just recently dubbed worthy of a street sign), was JB’s simple garden – just a small cornucopia of a few beans, squash, and pumpkins that Grandma and he would harvest annually – almost a scaled version of those their parents had built and tended to years ago.
He would wake at the crack of dawn, and after breakfast, make himself comfortable as the remainder of the morning dew droplets evaporated into the humid November air. And there he would stay until dusk, until the placid-blue Alabama night had covered his home and made it too difficult for him to make out the yellow clay road any longer. All day long he’d watch that road, turning to have a conversation or start a fire from time to time, but always returning back to his road.
I never knew what exactly JB was looking for. The mailman would drive by on occasion, sticking an open hand out from his van as drove off down the dusty hill. But other than that, nobody came, and JB still watched. Were he a whittler, I’m sure JB would have whittled as he passed the time. A musician: played his harmonica. But since he’s not, he doesn’t. And if you go to Maubury, Alabama today, and take a walk down Yarbough Road, underneath his fig tree, beside his garden, next to his pine thicket where his grandsons play, you’ll find JB. Just sitting. Just waiting.
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by Aubrie Cox
Life under a bridge is renowned to be that of a troll, and that it is. Floods on occasion make the home a bit wet, but a little mold and algae never hurt anything. Fresh fish daily, a billy goat if lucky; however, this is not prime real-estate—it's just beneath the price of a cardboard box. Stones wedged together with natural mortar arch overhead and shade the muddy water so that one can barely see the fish going by. They come up to the surface, their fishy mouths gaping, gasping for air; their glazed eyes never see warted hands, or fishing rods coming for them. (I hate fishing rods, by the way.) Trash is littered everywhere—lost treasures from passerbys. Rain matters little when every spring the neighborhood gets carried downstream.
Write 1 haibun - One on a memory of a lived experience (capture the sense of being there—the sensory experience as well as the overall atmosphere or mood). 1 page max. OR one can be a fictional imagined piece (you may want to start off from a favorite haiku you've read), and let your imagination go into it to make it seem like you are there, living the moment. (Include at least one haiku per haibun - you may want to write 3-4 and select only the best 1-2).
Haiku writing: write 5-10 awkward moments haiku, by request of Conner. Email your haiku and 1 haibun by midnight, Sunday March 25.
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-80
writing response 1: Practice the exercise of stop, look, and listen as described in the book. Find something, whether it be in your dorm, on campus, or somewhere where you can sit quietly without distraction and observe a particular thing, area, or person. Then, write about what you observed, describing what stuck out to you.
haiku writing: write 3 haiku from this stop, look & listen exercise.
Revise and edit your haibun attempt and send them to me for our haibun kukai (Or write a new one if you don't like your existing haibun). Tighten. Make the prose more immediate & sensory experience (less past tense reflection) and build a sense of scene (place, time, atmosphere, perspective). Let the haiku extend & link back to the prose. It is situated but new and creates a sense of un-ending.
Think about the source of your haiku. Where do your haiku originate? Why do you notice, observe, feel, reflect or focus on those things for immediate impact and lasting significance? Where do your very best haiku come from? What's your haiku muse? Your inspiration to write?
writing response 2: Compare the advice given to Buck-Teeth of poets Mido and Kuro. What do you think of each of their advice? Which appeals to you more? Explain why. Write 3 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 3 haiku from Mido's.
Extra credit: bring to class one haiku written following Shiro's advice.
Email your haiku, your edited haibun, your Mido/Kuro/Shiro advice response by Wednesday midnight. March 28.
Scheduling Day (see assignment for 4/5)
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end
writing response 1: Give your reading of Issa's snail haiku.
writing response 2: How would you rewrite "The Tattoo" chapter (p. 134)? How you think that scene should have happened or ended?
Creative Writing: As you read Haiku Guy, begin developing a character who writes haiku. Write a short short story in which the character encounters problems with creativity or love or inspiration or life or . . . (you fill in the blank). Include at least three episodes/scenes. Include 3-5 haiku in your haiku story scenes by characters in your story. Leave it open-ended with a haiku!
writing response 4: Write about your favorite senryu from Matching Contest 3.
Email your responses and your short short story by midnight Tuesday, April 3.
The edited haibun are now ready for reading , so please do this by April 9 if you haven't already:
writing response 1: Read the Haibun from class and write a reponse to your favorite one. Your response can be a new haiku, a haibun in response or a commentary about the haibun you like. 1 page max!
reading: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select three favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to three of these four haiku. email due midnight, April 9.
haiku writing: write 3-5 haiku about Easter, Passover, or some spiritual tradition haiku
reading & response writing 1: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and email a ¶ me about one favorite link (or pair of links) in one of the renku examples. email by midnight Wed., April 11.
response writing 2: Find two matching English haiku to Bashô's haiku—one representing the aesthetic of sabi and one the aesthetic experience of karumi. Write a paragraph for each pair comparing these English haiku with those by Basho. One sabi haiku not by Basho compared to one sabi haiku by Basho. And one karumi haiku not by Basho compared to one karumi haiku by Basho. send your two comparison pairs to me by email by midnight, April 11.
Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students from Spring 2003 Global Haiku Traditions at: http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku/studentrenga/Grasshoppers&Tobacco.html
Plan a haiku writing gathering with classmates and/or friends (groups of 4-7). This can be any day with the resulting kasen-renga (36-links) due midnight, Sunday April 15.
This is a gathering for writing linked verse—if it's nice out you could gather in the park or at Rock Springs or at someone's place. Allow the spirit of the place where you gather to be a springboard for the haiku, but don't limit yourself to that place once you get into the linking. Let your links go out through time and seasons moving from person (ninjo) focused to non-person (ninjo-nashi) focus to avoid too much continuity of persons or scenes. Try to avoid more than three ninjo or ninjo-nashi links in a row. Remember, every two links make a new poem.
Using the following guide, try writing a kasen-no-renga.
Write a 36 link kasen-no-renga:
email me your kasen-renga due Sunday, Midnight April 15. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted using the following Microsoft Word kasen template) for sharing in class on April 17
See the resulting Spring 2012 kasen-renga:
also for 4/17
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 203-327. select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and an extended memory response to 1 favorite (ending with 2-3 haiku from your memory). send me your three paragraphs and extended memory haiku by email by midnight Sunday, April 15.
haiku author study: email the name of the author or type of haiku you plan to study by midnight Sunday, April 15.
haiku project proposal: The purpose of the haiku project is to apply haikai arts to something that means a lot to the student—usually something related to their major field of study. Bring your passion to this project and connect it to haiku (photography & haiku) (music & haiku) (history and haiku) (psychology & senryu) (a kasen renga) (baseball haiku) (a collage of haiku) (haiku web site) (anthology of love haiku) . . . have fun with this. make it your dream assignment. email me a paragraph explaining your project plan by midnight April 18. Haiku projects are due May 10
reading & responding to your author: write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku by your author. share these haiku (or 5-10) with friends and collect a variety of responses to them.
haiku writing: write an extended memory response to 1 favorite by your author (then write 2-3 haiku from your memory). send me your 3-4 favorites responses and extended memory haiku by email by midnight Wednesday, April 18
reading: Matsuo Bashô by Ueda, Chapter 5 The Critical Commentaries, pages 147-169.
reading response: using Bashô's technique of matching pairs of haiku, find two haiku you want to place side by side for discussion and comparison (at least one by your author). Write a short paragraph discussing them and why you like one better than the other. due Sunday, Midnight April 22
reading & responding to your author: write a paragraph response to 3 more favorite haiku by your author. share these haiku (or 5-10) with friends and collect a variety of responses to them.
haiku writing: write an extended memory response to 1 favorite by your author (then write 2-3 haiku from your memory). send me your 3-4 favorites responses and extended memory haiku by email by midnight Sunday, Midnight April 22
reading: School's Out by Randy Brooks
writing response 1: write a reader response to your favorite haiku from School's Out (pdf).
writing response 2: Write about your favorite pair from Matching Contest 4. Email your responses by midnight, Wednesday, April 25.
for 4/27 - Extra credit Haiku vs. Tanka Competition! Bring your best haiku on a sheet of paper or on cards. This is a slam-style competition in public tournament style. To become Grand Champion, your team will have up to at least 25 winning haiku, so bring plenty of haiku or tanka to the competition. Here are possible slam round topics: certain Japanese aesthetics such as sabi, wabi, aware, karumi, and yugen. There will also be American aesthetics rounds such as first date, graduation, awkwardness, spring break, grooviness, April fool's, peace, love, old jeans, summer vacation and angst.
Write 3-5 haiku with the aesthetic goal of karumi and 3-5 haiku with the aesthetic goal of wabi and 1-2 haiku with the aesthetic goal of yugen. Email these to me Sunday midnight, April 29.
for 5/3 - Author Study Presentations
contemporary haiku author study due. email to me by midnight Wednesday, May 2. bring a print copy of your study to class Thursday. We will do author presentations on May 3 and May 8.
contemporary haiku author study presentations May 3:
for 5/8 - Final Kukai
Final Kukai submissions due (can be revised earlier haiku, new haiku, previous haiku not yet born in kukai or matching contest, or any of your favorites not selected previously). Send 10-20 haiku for our final kukai by midnight, May 6.
contemporary haiku author study presentations May 8
for 5/10 - Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections & Projects
haiku projects due (to be shared this last day of class). email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight May 9.
(1) Signature haiku gift exchange and haiku chapbook collections are due Thursday, May 10th.
(2) Haiku Collection Booklets due: Select and organize your best haiku & senryu & haibun & renga into a collection. Make a little booklet, or print them in a binder, or write them in a blank book.
for 5/15 Final Exam - final exam 10:30-12:30 - Global Haiku Reading at Fireplace Room - RTUC
(1) Global Haiku Reading at Fireplace Room - RTUC, Tuesday May 15, 10:30am-12:30pm. I will bring your chapbooks and return them to you at the final Global Haiku Reading.
(2) Submissions to Haiku magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam)