Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
Spring 2000• Dr. Randy Brooks


Top Haiku Selected By Students

  spring morning—
emerging from fog, my parents
walking in step
by Ryan Casey


second day of Tai Ji class—
father beside son
practicing the forms

by Kyle Curry

Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Tradition

Course Description

IN350 / English 340, Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition examines the origins and spread of Japanese poetics from Japan around the world, with a special focus on the adaptation of haiku into other cultures and languages.

A special feature of the 2000 spring course was that students partipated in the Global Haiku Festival in April, and conducted personal interviews with several of the leading contemporary haiku poets at the festival or through email.

We studied the history of haiku and related poetics in Japan, and then examined the contemporary internalization of haiku in various international cultures.

student haiku collections

We had weekly editing workshops on original haiku and studied the renga traditions resulting in some original rengay.


the rain outside
softly slowing
my mother finishes the fairytale

by Betsy Quigg

Students in the Spring 2000 Global Haiku Tradition Course

Abigail Ackmann

Sarah Alexander

Lidonna Beer

Kara Bohannan

Kristin Boryca

Ryan Casey

Kyle Curry

Joseph Dattoli

Mellisa Hayes

Alison Hershfelt

Diana Kimler

Rebecca Langmeyer

Courtney Macomber

Molly McLinden

Jared Morris

Bartt Nehrt


Betsy Quigg

Shawn Reynolds

Jennifer Richmiller

April Romberger

Catherine Sadowski

John (Jay)

Lynn Wayne

Julie Weightman

Roric Witts

Required Books

Matsuo Basho by Makoto Ueda. Paperback Reprint edition (May 1983) Kodansha International.

The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel. Paperback edition (2000) W.W. Norton & Company.

Higginson, The Haiku Handbook, Oxford University Press (1992).

The Classic Tradition of Haiku : An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) by Faubion Bowers (Editor) Paperback (October 1996) Dover Pubns.

Autumn Wind Haiku: Selected Poems by Kobayashi Issa by Lewis MacKenzie. Paperback (Sept. 1999) Kodansha International.

Almost Unsee: Selected Haiku of George Swede by George Swede, 2000 Brooks Books.

School’s Out: Selected Haiku of Randy Brooks by Randy Brooks, 1999 Press Here.

Love Haiku: A Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki, 2000 Brooks Books.

haiku conferences haiku courses at Millikin Modern Haiku magazine
speakers & readings haiku competitions at MU American Haiku Archive
student haiku projects published haiku by students links to haiku web sites
student research on haiku haiku by Millikin students directory of haiku magazines


2001, Dr. Randy Brooks• Millikin University
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