Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Spring 2015
Classroom: Library 029
Haiku Community Links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Kukai Favorite Selections
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
for 1/20 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
reading: Mayfly magazine sample
for 1/22 - haiku of the day --> Eve
(1) writing response: send me an email copy of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY
(2) haiku writing: write your first 5-10 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters).
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 1-64, introductions, prose (and the interview in the back of the book)
(3) writing response: find 3 favorite Lyles haikuwrite your imagined felt responses to them (one paragraph each)
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) your 1 Mayfly response, your 3 Lyles responses & 5-10 haiku by midnight Wednesday, January 21)
for 1/27 - haiku of the day --> Austyn
reading: To Hear the Rain, pages 65-end (read the interview at the back)
(4) 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.
(5) 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 haiku which capture different moments or feelings from within that longer memory from your experience.
(6) haiku write: 7-10 new haiku on the being cold or winter.
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 1/25)
in class: haiku to edit 1
in class: new haiku from the memory writing 1
for 1/29 - haiku of the day --> Brandon
(7) revise or write 3 or more new haiku from the Lyles haiku memory writing and 1 from your neighbor's story.
(8) haiku to edit 1: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Thursday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least three haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout.
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
(9) writing response 1: find three favorite haiku from the George Swede handout and write a short response paragrapsh about them.
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) your 1 Mayfly response, your 3 Lyles responses & 5-10 haiku by midnight Wednesday, January 28)
for 2/3 - haiku of the day --> Nic
(10) reading response: 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? authenticity? integrity? artistic playfulness? what they pay attention to? what they care about?
(11) reading response: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly 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).
reading: Gail Sher - Guide for Beginning Haiku (availabe as PDF from Moodle)
(12) reading response: compare Gail Sher's suggestions for writing haiku with the inroduction and interview in Peggy Lyles' book (one page max)
(13) haiku write: 5-10 haiku on college life and the angst of being human and 5-10 haiku OPEN TOPIC.
Due by email midnight Sunday, February 1.
for 2/5 - haiku of the day --> Lexy
(14) writing response to Kukai 1: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 1
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 1-64
(15) reading response 1: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to them.
(16) writing health & more love haiku or senryu: 5-10 new haiku on experiences/insights/feelings/perceptions of health and well-being activities—biking, running, swimming, relaxing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, working out, sports, eating well, skin, muscles, abs.
email your responses and your new haiku attempts by midnight Wednesday, 2/4
for 2/10 - haiku of the day --> Kendall
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku from pages 64-128
(17) reading responses: find two 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. 7)
(18) reading response: find one more favorite haiku by Masajo. Let your response be a more extended imaginative memory or purely fictional piece about someone spinning off the third Masajo haiku as its starting point. End your short fictional piece with a haiku (edit 2-3 variations of the same haiku). Two pages pages max!
(19) response writing: write about an interesting match that came up in the matching contest 1 (comparing the two haiku and making your point about which one "wins" the match.
(20) write 1-2 haiku with "clock" (Thanks Austyn!)
(21) writing haiku or senryu on relationships: write 5-10 haiku on any OPEN topic and 5-10 more haiku on first dates, breaking up, romance, girl friends, boy friends, love. 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.
email your responses and your new haiku attempts by midnight Sunday, 2/8
for 2/12 - haiku of the day --> Nicole
reading: Millikin University Haiku Anthology and search for haiku about love & relationships.
(21) response writing: write about 2 favorite haiku related to love, relationships, broken hearts, etc
(22) valentine haiku gift exchange: bring 14 copies of one of your favorite love haiku (a relationship haiku by you) and sign the 14 copies for a Valentine's Day gift exchange. Have fun with this!
(23) writing response to Kukai 2: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 2 favorites
email your responses and your new valentine gift exchange haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/11
Extra Credit Opportunity on Thursday evening:
for 2/17 - haiku of the day --> Alex
reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology, pages 1-192
(24) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology
(25) haiku writing: write 3-5 haiku in response to favorites from the MU Haiku Anthology
(26) haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on anything OPEN TOPIC - things that are important in your life
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/15
in class 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 expectations and certain aesthetic experiences.
(27) writing response to Kukai 2: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 3
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/18
(28) email your written team/partner report plans: 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 compare the art of haiku to.
(29) writing haiku: 5 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison genre.
(30) haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on anything OPEN TOPIC - things that are important in your life
Presentations/Activities begin on Tuesday, 2/24 (powerpoint, prezi, game, interactive activity or handouts).
email your presentation/game plans your new haiku by midnight, Sunday 22
email your team presentation materials by midnight, Monday 23
for 2/26 - continue presentations & kukai!
(31) submit new haiku related to the paintings images received in class
email your presentation/game plans your new haiku by midnight, Wednesday 25
for 3/3 - haiku of the day --> Alex
Reading & DVD viewing: Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, pages 1-88 (whole book). Ideally, invite some friends or classmates over to watch the DVD video included in the back cover of this book. The haiku cited by the haiku poets are included in the anthology, in the same order as the DVD.
(32) reader response: write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem
(33) reader response: write a response about what you realized about the English-langauge haiku poetry community from the video. also briefly discuss one of the haiku poets who especially intrigued you.
(34) writing haiku: open topic 8-10 new haiku
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Sunday, 3/1
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-90 including the introductions
(35) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology
(36) write new haiku: write 5-10 haiku in response to The Haiku Anthology favorites or open topics.
(37) writing response to Kukai 4: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 4 favorites
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/4
for 3/17 - Spring Break! - haiku of the day --> Eli
Take a break and enjoy being with friends, family and quiet time with yourself.
(38) haiku writing: write 10-20 haiku or a haiku sequence 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 or travel. Don't write a bunch of cliches or stereotypical spring break stuff. Write from the reality of YOUR actual spring break.
email your spring break haiku by Sunday midnight, March 15. for our kukai! Yes, spring break kukai will be Tuesday!
for 3/19 - haiku of the day -->Eli
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 91-195
(39) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology
(40) write new haiku: write 8-10 haiku in response to The Haiku Anthology favorites or open topics.
(41) writing response to Spring Break Kukai 5: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 5
Midterm Essay Preview - Author or Haiku topic Study:
Think about what or who you'd like to write about for your contemporary haiku reader response essay. You may want to browse the Registry of haiku poets at The Haiku Foundation <http://www.thehaikufoundation.org>. These essays are due March 31, about 2 weeks after Spring break. In order to loan you books from the Decatur Haiku Collection, I need to know your intended topic or author by Wednesday at midnight, March 18. Here's guidelines for this assignment:
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-80
(42) writing response: 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.
(43) haiku writing: write 3 haiku from this stop, look & listen exercise.
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?
(44) writing response: 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.
(45) Write 3 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 3 haiku following Mido's approach.
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 Sunday midnight. March 22.
for 3/26 - haiku of the day --> Adam
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 196-327
(46) reader response: select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 3 favorite haiku
(47) writing haiku: write 5 haiku in response or reaction to 5 haiku by your author (or THE HAIKU ANTHOLOGY) you are studying/reading
(49) write haiku: 2-3 haiku on the topics (tombstone & happiness) from our matching contest champions.
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/25
for 3/31 - haiku of the day --> xxxxx
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 80-end
(50) writing response: write your reading of Issa's snail haiku.
(51) As you finish reading Haiku Guy, write a short short story (or dialogue) about your own fictional character who writes haiku. Begin writing a short story in which the character encounters several problems.
Email your responses,haiku and short short story by Sunday midnight. March 29.
(53) haiku writing: write 3-5 April Fool's day haiku & 3-5 open topic haiku
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 4/1
(54) 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?
(55) write 5-10 Easter break haiku
Essays are due Midnight, April 6th, with presentations starting April 7th. For your presentation, bring a one-page handout (15 copies) with all of the haiku from your essay. Include at least 1 or your own haiku on the handout.
email your essay, favorite haiku responses & new haiku by midnight, Monday April 6th
(56) write 5-10 new haiku, open topic
for 4/14 - scheduling day (no class)
(57) SEND ME YOUR VOTES for up to 10 favorites from Kukai 7 (and double-vote by writing responses to 3-4 favorites)
(58) write 10 more haiku - open topic
email your votes, favorites & new haiku by midnight, Sunday April 12
(59) reading response writing: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68). Select three favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to these three haiku.
(60) haiku response writing: write 3-5 haiku in response to favorite Basho haiku
(61) response writing: 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.
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 4/8
(62) reading: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku), pages 69-111 and write a response to a favorite link (a pair of links) in one of the renku examples
(63) tan-renga capping: send me caps for 4-6 of the tan-renga hokku (handout)
(64) take turns with friends and write a sequence of 9 to 15 haiku (in person is most fun, but email is possible)
(65) haiku project proposal
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Sunday, 4/19
for 4/23 in class - Mad Verse Renga!
(66) reading: School's Out by Randy Brooks
(67) writing response: write reader responses to 2 favorite haiku from School's Out
(68) write 5-10 haiku related to your project proposal
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesdat, 4/22
(69) type your Mad-verse Kasen renga completed in class with this: 10 point kasen renga template
(70) Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students at:
(71) 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 26.
email me your kasen-renga by midnight, Sunday, April 26. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted) for sharing in class on April 28
for 4/30 - final kukai!
(72) final kukai haiku submitted by midnight, Wednesday, April 30 (revisions of any not born in kukai or matching contest)
(73) write about 2 favorites from the final kukai
(74) 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, Sunday, May 3
for 5/7 - last day of class
Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections & Projects
(75) Signature haiku gift exchange (digital photo sent to me) and haiku chapbook collections (email to me) are due Wednesday, May 7.
(76) 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.
Don't forget to e-mail a copy of the contents of your collection including your introduction to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Wednesday, May 6!
Don't forget to e-mail your short bio statement to Dr. Brooks by midnight, May 6. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku final exam Reading.
for 5/14 - final (a haiku reading!)
Final Exam Haiku Reading: 2-4pm, May 14, Kirkland 128
(77) The Spring Global Haiku Reading
(78) Submissions to Haiku magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam in envelopes)