Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
Global Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog - Spring 2017
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:
Millikin University Haiku • http://performance.millikin.edu/haiku//
Extra Credit Opportunities:
Kukai Favorite Selections
Reading & Writing Assignments by Dates:
for 1/24 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
reading: Mayfly magazine sample
for 1/26 - 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, new year, winter, back to school.
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 25)
for 1/31 - haiku of the day --> Emily
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: 10 new haiku on the being hot or about the end of winnter break perceptions.
(email your 3 short responses & one 1-page sensory memory writing & 10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 1/29)
for 2/2 - haiku of the day --> Sam
in class: kukai 1
(7) reading response 3: write about 2 favorite haibun from haibun kukai 1 (one paragraph each)
(8) reading response 2: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from Wally Swist and one from Peggy Lyles or MAYFLY) 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: 10 new haiku on OPEN topic
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) your favorite haibun response, matching haiku comparison & 10 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, February 1)
for 2/7 - haiku of the day --> Amanda
haiku to edit 1 workshop in class
(10) reading response: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite 2 haiku from Kukai 1 (one paragraph each)
reading: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle)
(11) writing response 1: find three favorite haiku from the George Swede handout and write a short response paragrapsh about them.
(12) writing response 1: write a longer memory response to a Swede haiku and write 3-5 new haiku from your memory response.
(13) haiku write: write 2-3 haiku about lost love & 10 new haiku on the nitty gritty side of college life and the angst of being human — and write at least 1 haiku on silence.
(email Dr. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3 favorites from Swede, 2 favorites from kukai 1, & 13 new haiku by midnight Sunday, February 5)
for 2/9 - haiku of the day --> Kyle Kite
(15) haiku to edit 1: based on the haiku editing workshop in class on Thursday, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least four haiku by others from the HAIKU TO EDIT 1 handout. You may send edits of more than 4 if you want.
(16) find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede and one from Wally Swist or one from Peggy Lyles) to read side by side. using these two haiku as examples, 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?
(17) haiku write: 10-12 new haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(email Dr. Brooks <email@example.com> 1 favorites from Haibun Kukai 2, haiku edits, matched pair comparison, & 10-12 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/8)
for 2/14 - haiku of the day --> Jake
(18) reading response: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite 2 haiku from Kukai 2 (one paragraph each)
(19) reading response: write about your favorite matched haiku from matching contest 1 (one paragraph)
reading: Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki, Introduction and haiku
(21) write 10 more haiku on snow, love, broken hearts, lost love, puppy love, platonic love, love gone wrong, break ups, valenetines, first date, blind date, awkward date, anniversary, etc..
(email Dr. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2 favorites from Kukai 2, favorite match from contest, 3 favorites from Masajo Suzuki, & 10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/12)
(EXTRA CREDIT): Opportunity on tba:
for 2/16 - haiku of the day --> Jordan
(22) 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!
reading: Gail Sher - Guide for Beginning Haiku (availabe as PDF from Moodle)
(23) reading response: compare Gail Sher's suggestions for writing haiku with the inroduction and interview in Peggy Lyles' book (one page max)
(24) haiku write: 10-12 new haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(email Dr. Brooks <email@example.com> fictional haibun from Masajo, comparison of Sher and Lyles on writing haiku, & 10-12 new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 2/15)
for 2/21 - TEAM MEETING DAY
(25) reading response: write your imagined felt responses to your favorite 2 haiku from Kukai 3 (one paragraph each)
(26) reading: The Millikin University Haiku Anthology and write about 3 favorite haiku
(27) write 10-15 haiku OPEN TOPIC.
(email Dr. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>3 MU Haiku favorites, and 10-15 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/19)
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.
Previous semester topics have included:
TEAM presentations/games/actvities start Thursday February 23
(28) 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 2/21):
for 2/23 - haiku of the day --> Olivia
team activity or game or comparison presentations:
(29) writing haiku: 5-10 haiku related to elements (things, reality, settings, contexts) often associated with your comparison game.
Send me your new haiku by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 22.
for 2/28 - haiku of the day --> Dr. Brooks
(30) activities response: write a paragraph about your favorite haiku activity (other than your own) AND submit your haiku or write new haiku from Thursday's team activities
(31) reading response 3: write about 2 favorite haibun from haibun kukai 3 (one paragraph each)
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 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 10 new haiku
(email Dr. Brooks <email@example.com> haiku from team activities, responses to Haiku DVD, & 10 new haiku by midnight Sunday, 2/26)
for 3/2 - haiku of the day --> Andie
(35) reading response: write about 2 favorites from kukai 4.
(36) reading & responses: The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-119 including the introductions. select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and a full page memory response to 1 haiku ending with 2-3 new haiku by you.
(37) haiku writing: write 10-12 haiku or a haiku including 3-4 political haiku
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your favorites from Kukai 4, favorites from The Haiku Anthology and new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/1)
for 3/7 - haiku of the day --> Kate
(38) reading & responses: The Haiku Anthology, pages 122-239. select 3 favorites and write a paragraph response to 2 favorite haiku and a full page memory response to 1 haiku ending with 2-3 new haiku by you.
(39) writing haiku: open topic 10 new haiku
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your responses and new haiku by midnight Sunday, 3/5)
for 3/9 - haiku of the day --> Caitlyn
reading: The Haiku Anthology, pages 240-328
(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 including 1-2 about "regrets or missed opportunities"
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your responses, essay topic proposal, and new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/8)
for 3/14 & 3/16 - SPRING BREAK!
Take a break and enjoy being with friends, family and quiet time with yourself.
(43) 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?
(44) 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 & family favorites by Sunday midnight, March 19 for our kukai! Yes, spring break kukai will be Tuesday!
(41) 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 22.
(45) response writing: write about two favorite haiku from kukai 6
(46) Read the following two haibun by Aubrie Cox. 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.
(47) Write 1 haibun - Write a fictional imagined haibun (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 three haiku at the end of the fictional haibun).
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your essay idea, your kukai favorite your haibun response and your new haibun, by midnight Wednesday, 3/22)
reading: Haiku Guy, pages 1-52
(48) 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.
(49) Think about the source of your haiku. Write a short response about 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?
(50) 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.
(51) 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 Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your Stop Look Listen, origins of your haiku response, compare advice, and 5 Kuro and 5 Mido haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/26)
Work on your contemporary haiku essays!
(52) reading response: write about 1 favorite haibun from haibun kukai 4
(53) Read the Haibun Kuka 5i from class and write a reponse to your favorite one. Your response can be 2-3 new haiku, a haibun in response or a commentary about the haibun you like. 1 page max!
(54) Write 5-10 new haiku - OPEN TOPIC or in response to favorites on your essay topic.
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your response to the haibun and new haiku by midnight Wednesday, 3/29)
(55) Finish your essays!
(56) On April 4, bring 19 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.
(57) Write 8-10 new haiku related to your essay or in response to haiku discussed in your essay.
(58) reading response: write about 1 favorite pair of haiku from our matching contest 3
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your new haiku by midnight Sunday, 4/2)
Contemporary Haiku Reader Response Essay presentations - day 2
(59) reading response: write your imagined felt responses to 5 favorite haiku from other student handouts
(60) Write 5-7 new haiku on topics similar to your essay or in response to haiku discussed in your essay.
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your new haiku & responses by midnight Wednesday, 4/5)
reading: "An Introduction to Haiku" (Japanese haiku) handout on MOODLE
(61) reader responses: select 3 favorite haiku from "Introduction to Japanese Haiku"
reading 2: Old Pond Comics about the Japanese masters at <http://www.oldpondcomics.com/masters.html>
(62) reader resonse: write about 1 favorite Old Pond Comic
(63) Write 8-10 new haiku on OPEN TOPIC
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your new haiku & responses by midnight Tuesday, 4/11)
(64) response writing: write about 2 favorite haiku from kukai 7
(65) Read Chapter 1 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 91-35) from MOODLE handout. Select 2 favorite haiku from Bashô. Write a paragraph response to these 2 haiku.
(66) Write 5-10 new haiku from your Easter break (does not have to be about Easter) . . . favorite places at home, family time, traditions . . .
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your new haiku & responses by midnight Monday, 4/17)
(67) response writing: write about 2 favorite haiku from kukai 8
Read Chapter 2 of Matsuo Bashô by Ueda (pages 36-68) from MOODLE handout.
(68) write 5 haiku in response to favorite haiku by Basho
(69) write 5 OPEN TOPIC haiku
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your new haiku & responses by midnight Wednesday, 4/19)
in class tan-renga
(70) reading response writing: Find matching English haiku to Bashô's haiku—one match representing the aesthetic of sabi and one match on the aesthetic experience of karumi.
(71) reading: Bashô sample Kasen-no-renga and write a response to a favorite link (a pair of links)
(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 Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your new haiku sequence & responses by midnight Sunday, 4/23)
in class - Mad Verse Renga!
(75) write 2 rengay (one with students in our class & one with family or friends outside of class)
(76) As author of the hokku, choose your favorite two-line cap and email me why: Tan-renga Caps
Extra credit opportunity: HAIKU CUT! - April 28 at 9:00 am.
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your new haiku & responses by midnight Wednesday, 4/19)
(77) reader response: write about 1 favorite Rengay (other than your own) & why you like it
(**) for extra credit write a reflection about HAIKU CUT 2017
(78) type your Mad-verse Kasen renga completed in class with this: 10 point kasen renga template
(79) Read the student kasen renga by Bri Hill and students at:
(80) 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 30.
email me your kasen-renga by midnight, Sunday, April 30. and bring one copy to class (properly folded and belted) for sharing in class on May 2
(email Dr. Brooks (email@example.com) send your mad-verse kasen, your team kasen & response to HAIKU CUT by midnight Sunday, April 30)
Read School's Out by Randy Brooks
(81) write reading responses: write a reader response to 2 favorite haiku from School's Out
(82) haiku writing: submit revisions of previous haiku or write new haiku for our final kukai (10 haiku max)
(83) haiku writing: write 10 haiku on your haiku project topic
(email Dr. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) send your School's Out favorites, your final kukai submissions, and 10 new project haiku by midnight Sunday, Wednesday May 3)
haiku project presentations
haiku projects due (to be shared in class May 9).
email the contents of your projects (the haiku at least and introduction & photographs or power point, etc) by Midnight Monday, May 8 or sooner.
for 5/11 (last day of class)
(84) Response writing: email me your votes (up to 10 favorites) from FINAL KUKAI. Also you may cast double votes for 2 favorites by writing about them.
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 10.
(86) 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.
(87) Don't forget to e-mail your short bio statement to Dr. Brooks by midnight, May 10. This bio statement will be used at our Global Haiku final exam Reading.
for 5/18 - final exam
final exam reading --> Final Exam: Thursday, May 18 @ 2-4pm @ Kirkland 128
The Global Haiku Reading
(88) Favorite haiku project? Write me a short email about your favorite haiku project (other than your own) and why you liked it so much!
(89) Submissions to haiku magazines Final. (one email version to me & one snail mail submission brought to the final exam in envelopes)