Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Spring 2016
Classroom: Dolson Hall Room 119
Decatur Haiku Collection: A Bibliography of Print Publications
A Bibliography of Online Articles on Haiku, Senryu and Tanka in English
A Bibliography of Online Books, Journals and Exhibitions on Haiku, Senryu and Tanka in English
Haiku Community Links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Kukai Favorite Selections
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
for 1/26 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
reading: Mayfly magazine sample
for 1/28 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
(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 8-10 haiku attempts on transition times—lulls of dawn, of dusk, of relationships, of states of consciousness, of between semesters).
reading: To Hear the Rain, handout 1
(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 & 8-10 haiku by midnight Wednesday, January 27)
for 2/2 - haiku of the day --> Katherine Viviano
reading: To Hear the Rain and Silence Between Us by Wally Swist
(4) haiku reading responses: select 3 favorite haiku by Wally Swist and briefly write your imagined, felt response to them. be ready to discuss why you like them.
(5) writing extended memory & memory haiku: choose a fourth favorite haiku by Wally Swist or Peggy Lyles that especially triggered memories from your childhood or past. This time write 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 about winter perceptions.
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 7-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 1/31)
for 2/4 - haiku of the day --> Genevieve
(7) reading response 3: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from kukai 1 (one paragraph)
(8) reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from Wally Swist and one from Peggy Lyles or MAYFLY 59) 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).
(9) haiku write: 5-10 new haiku on OPEN topic
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) your favorite kukai response, matching haiku comparison & 5-10 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/3)
for 2/9 - haiku of the day --> Ben
haiku to edit 1 workshop in class
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
(10) writing response 1: find three favorite haiku from the George Swede handout and write a short response paragrapsh about them.
(11) writing response 1: write a longer memory response to a Swede haiku and write 3-5 new haiku from your memory response.
(12) reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Peggy Lyles or Wally Swist) 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).
(13) haiku write: 8-10 new haiku on broken hearts, lost love, break ups, first dates, relationships gone bad, meeting the parents, wonderful love.
(email Dr. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3 favorites from Swede, 1 memory response & matching haiku comparison, & 8-10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/7)
for 2/11 - haiku of the day --> Natalie
(14) reading response: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite haiku from Kukai 2 (one paragraph)
(15) reading response 1: compare the genesis of discourse for two authors (George Swede or Wally Swist 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?
(16) haiku write 3-5 haiku on Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday, Lent, prayer, spiritual perceptions or traditions from any faith tradition, and 5-10 haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(email Dr. Brooks <email@example.com> 1 favorites from Kukai 2, comparison of Sher & Lyles on writing haiku, & 8-15 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/10)
for 2/16 - haiku of the day --> Marah
(15) reading: Gail Sher - Guide for Beginning Haiku (availabe as PDF from Moodle) (reading response: compare Gail Sher's suggestions for writing haiku with the inroduction and interview in Peggy Lyles' book (one page max)
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku
(17) reading responses: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to them.
(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 2-3 haiku. Two pages pages max!
(19) write 10 more haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(EXTRA CREDIT): Opportunity on Monday evening, February 15:
for 2/18 - haiku of the day --> Michael
(20) writing response: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 3
(21) writing response: write about a favorite match or pair of haiku that came up in the Matching Contest 1
(22) read the Love Haibun (handout) and select your 2 favorites: write about what you like about these 2
(EXTRA CREDIT): read the 1 Extended Memory Haibun and write about 1 favorite
in class: haiku to edit 1
(23) write 5-10 haiku on snow, melting snow, fog, flu, sneezes AND 5-10 haiku on kukai winners' prompts (family & food).
for 2/23 - TEAM MEETING DAY
(24) haiku to edit 1: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Tuesday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least three haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout.
(25) reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology and write about 3 favorite haiku
(26) write 10-15 haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(email Dr. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org> haiku edit variations, 3 MU Haiku favorites, and 10-15 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/21)
IN CLASS TEAM group dialogue: compare haiku as a genre, a type of literary art, to another art or activity.
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 presentations/games/actvities start Thursday February 25
(27) Compare the genre of Haiku to [your team's comparison or activity choice]. Email your written team/partner presentation overview comparison idea (by Tuesday midnight 2/23):
for 2/25 - haiku of the day --> Ben
team activity or game or comparison presentations:
(28) writing haiku: 5-10 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison . Send me your new haiku by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 24.
for 3/1 - haiku of the day --> Viv
team activity or game or comparison presentations:
in class: haiku to edit results
in class: Millikin University haiku favorites
(29) writing haiku: 5-10 haiku related to team comparisons & activities. And write 5-10 haiku OPEN TOPIC. Send me your new haiku by midnight, Sunday, Feb. 28.
for 3/3 - haiku of the day -->
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-121
(30) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology or The Haiku Anthology
(31) haiku writing: write 3-5 haiku in response to favorite haiku from the MU Haiku Anthology or The Haiku Anthology
(32) 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 Wednesday, 3/2
for 3/8 - haiku of the day --> Erica
Watch the DVD & read the haiku: Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem.
(32) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem
(33) reader response: write a short reflection 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, 3/6
for 3/10 - haiku of the day --> Cori
(35) writing response: write your imagined felt responses to 2 favorite haiku from kukai 4
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 122-223
(36) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology
(37) haiku writing: write 5 haiku in response to favorite haiku from The Haiku Anthology
(38) writing haiku: open topic 5-10 new haiku
Post-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 April 14, about 3 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 16. Here's guidelines for this assignment:
for 3/15 - haiku of the day -->
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 224-328
(39) reader response: write response paragraphs for three favorite haiku from the The Haiku Anthology
(40) haiku writing: write 5 haiku in response to favorite haiku from The Haiku Anthology
(41) writing haiku: open topic 5-10 new haiku
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Sunday, 3/13
for 3/17 - haiku of the day -->
(42) 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. Send me a proposal for your Author or Haiku Study
(43) reader response: write a response to a favorite haiku from Mayfly 60 and write an extended fictional or memory story from another haiku in Mayfly 60
(44) writing haiku: open topic 5-10 new haiku
email your responses and your new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/16
for 3/22 & 3/24 - SPRING BREAK!
Take a break and enjoy being with friends, family and quiet time with yourself.
(45) reading response writing: Share 10-20 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?
(46) 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.
(47) response writing: write about 2 favorite haiku from Kukai 5
email your spring break haiku & family favorites by Sunday midnight, March 27 for our kukai! Yes, spring break kukai will be Tuesday!
(48) response writing: write about a favorite match of haiku from 2 Matching Contest - Favorites
(49) Read the following two haibun by Aubrie Cox, Editor of Frogpond. Write a short response about one of these, and how the haiku connects but goes beyond or in a different direction from the prose.
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.
You're a handful sometimes. You know you'll probably be up all night packing. You're not sure you love your father anymore. Your head gets fuzzy sometimes. You don't know what's next. You don't feel pretty. You sometimes lose the courage to say what you mean out loud. You hope your students understand they should not have to pay for their education. You know your grandmother only loves you conditionally. You wish your middle school counselor hadn't seen right through you. You're too protective of your mother. You use too much tissue paper around your favorite books. You understand now what he meant when he said your arms feel like home. You didn't escape the stereotype of a child of divorce like you thought you had. You hope your best friend wasn't right when he said you were broken. You want to go home.
(50) Write 2 haibun - One 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. The second 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).
email your responses and 2 haibun by midnight Wednesday, 3/30
See the Reader Responses to Aubrie Cox's haibun (pdf).
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-70
(51) Revise and edit at least 1 of your haibun attempts and send them to me for our haibun kukai. 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.
(52) 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. Write 3-5 haiku from this 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?
(53) 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.
(54) Write 5 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 5 haiku following Mido's approach.
Extra credit: bring to class 1 haiku written following Shiro's advice.
email your responses, your Mido and Kuro haiku by midnight Sunday 4/3
Work on your contemporary haiku essays!
(55) Read the Haibun Kukai 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!
(56) Write 10 new haiku - OPEN TOPIC!
Email your haiku by midnight, Wednesday 4/6
for 4/12 - no class (Scheduling Day)
Finish your contemporary reader response essays. We will begin presentations on April 14.
(57) Write 10 new haiku - OPEN TOPIC!
(58) response writing: write about a favorite match of haiku from 3 Matching Contest - Mido
(59) response writing: write about a favorite match of haiku from 4 Matching Contest - Kuro
Email your new haiku and matching contests responses by midnight, Sunday, 4/10
(60) Finish your essays!
Length? 5-10 pages single-spaced. Citations? Full citation of each source within text first time mentioned (followed by haiku citation convention of author, publication title abbreviated, page number) for subsequent mentions. Yes, do include a works-cited page.
(61) On April 14, bring 20 copies of a haiku handout on a single page (front and back is fine if needed) providing your audience with copies of all haiku discussed in the essay.
(62) Write 8-10 new haiku on topics similar to your essay or in response to haiku discussed in your essay.
Email your haiku essay and new haiku to me by midnight, Wednesday April 13.
Finish presentating your essays!
(63) Write 8-10 new haiku on spring sunshine & happiness
Email your haiku essay and new haiku to me by midnight, Sunday April 17.
reading: "An Introduction to Haiku" (Japanese haiku) handout on MOODLE
reading 2: Old Pond Comics about the Japanese masters at <http://www.oldpondcomics.com/masters.html>
(64) reader responses: select 3 favorite haiku and 1 favorite Old Pond Comic & write imagined responses to each
(65) response writing: write about a favorite match of haiku from 5 matching Contest - Sunshine
(66) Write 8-10 new haiku on OPEN TOPIC
Email your haiku essay and new haiku to me by midnight, Wednesday April 19.
(67) response writing: write about a favorite match of haiku from 6 Kukai
(68) reading response writing: Chapters 1-2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 1-68) - MOODLE. Select three favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to these three haiku.
(69) haiku response writing: write 3-5 haiku in response to favorite Basho haiku
(70) 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 Sunday, April 24
in class - Mad Verse Renga!
(71) reading: Bashô (Chapter 3 The Renku) - MOODLE, pages 69-111 and write a response to a favorite link (a pair of links) in one of the renku examples
(72) tan-renga capping: send me caps for 4-6 of the tan-renga hokku (handout or 1 Tan-Renga)
(73) take turns with friends and write a sequence of 9 to 15 haiku (in person is most fun, but email is possible). You may take two different approaches—a string is a series of haiku on the same topic (variations) or a sequences follows intuitive links and shifts from previous haiku
(74) haiku project proposal
email your responses and your tan-renga caps, your sequence by midnight Wednesday, April 27
Extra credit opportunity: HAIKU CUT! - April 27 at 4:00 pm.
(75) As author of the hokku, choose your favorite two-line cap and email me why: Tan-renga Caps
(76) type your Mad-verse Kasen renga completed in class with this: 10 point kasen renga template
(77) Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students at:
(78) 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, May 1.
email me your kasen-renga by midnight, Sunday, May 1. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted) for sharing in class on May 3
Read School's Out by Randy Brooks
(79) write reading responses: write a reader response to 2 favorite haiku from School's Out
(80) renku writing: type up and send me the rengay you wrote in class
(81) haiku writing: submit revisions of previous haiku or write new haiku for our final kukai (10 haiku max)
(82) haiku writing: write haiku on your haiku project topic
email your School's Out favorites & new haiku are due by midnight, Wednesday May 4
haiku project presentations
haiku projects due (to be shared in class May 10).
(83) email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight Monday, May 9 or sooner.
(84) email me your favorite 10 haiku from the final kukai, and an 11th DOUBLE vote favorite! You can NOT vote for your own haiku in final kukai by Midnight, Sunday, May 8
for 5/12 (last day of class)
Signature Gift Exchange & Sharing Haiku Collections
(85) Signature haiku gift exchange (digital photo sent to me) and haiku chapbook collections (email to me) are due Wednesday, May 11.
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.
(86) Don't forget to e-mail a copy of the contents of your collection including your introduction to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Wednesday, May 11!
(87) Don't forget to e-mail your short bio statement to Dr. Brooks by midnight, May 11. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku final exam Reading.
for 5/19 - final exam
final exam reading --> Final Exam: Thursday, May 19 @ 2-4pm @ Kirkland 128
The Fall Global Haiku Reading & Haiku Cut Competition
(88) Submissions to haiku magazines Final. (one email submission copied to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam in envelopes)