Millikin University Course

Global Haiku Tradition
Spring 2001 • Dr. Randy Brooks


Top Haiku Selected By Students

  long drive home--
only the night
between headlights
by Kay Millikin
outstanding haiku


cold, clear stream,
shoes and socks
atop a rock

by Amanda Young
top kukai votes

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 spring course was that students conducted interviews by e-mail with leading contemporary haiku poets. 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.

Student Haiku Workshop Favorites

One || Two || Three

The class sponsored several kukai haiku competitions, including:

Kukai Favorites

New Snow
|| Valentine's || Mixed Words

Spring Break
|| Day of Silence || Easter


speechless at her news
his gaze drops
to her navel

by Megan Klein
best senryu

James Brett

Paul Baker

Danny Berens

Kathleen Bernard

Nicole Bilyeu

Michelle Clements

Jill Embry

Mary Gamble

Mark Grizzard

Karrie Hardwick

Andrew Harrison

Melanie Hayes

Amanda Hill

Katie Hill

Megan Klein

Sarah Knutill

Sarah Lutz

Kay Millikin

Ed Morosini

Adria Neapolitan

L. Omohundro

Nick Sauber

Nick Smith

Brad Tubbs

Amy Twardowski

J. Van Ausdall

Kathrin Walsch

Nick Walters

Amanda Young

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 Unseen: 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.

Einstein's Century: Akito Arima's Haiku 2001 Brooks Books.

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


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