Advanced Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition
EN 340/IN350 Summer 2002
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University
MAC 014a

Classroom: Staley Media Arts Center
MTWRF 10:00–11:15

Students in Global Haiku Tradition || Assignments Guide

Student Haiku to Edit
Attempts 1 || Attempts 2 || Bob's Form Edits || Attempts 3

Rengay & Tan-renga to Edit
Tan-renga 1 || Rengay 1

Kukai Favorites

Kukai 1-Early Summer || Summer Heat || Fourth of July || Kukai 4-Bob

Matching Contests (judged by summer students) Spring Haiku


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 course students will conduct interviews with leading international poets, editors and scholars of contemporary haiku. We will study the history of haiku and related poetics in Japan, and then examine the contemporary internalization of haiku in various international cultures.

Many students get their work published in the haiku journals, online haiku web-magazines and newspaper columns such as Lee Gurga's "Haiku: People's Poetry" column published in the Springfield newspaper, the Illinois Times.

To submit work to the Illinois Times column, send it in an email to Lee Gurga at: Dr. Gurga prefers haiku with a seasonal reference, publishing haiku in conjunction with the current season (so submit haiku with current year seasonal connections).

Required Books

Matsuo Basho by Makoto Ueda. Paperback Reprint edition (May 1983) Kodansha International; ISBN: 0870115537

The Haiku Anthology by Cor Van Den Heuvel. Paperback edition (2000) W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393321185

The Haiku Handbook by William Higginson, Oxford University Press (1992) ISBN: 4-7700-1430

The Classic Tradition of Haiku : An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) by Faubion Bowers (Editor) Paperback (October 1996) Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486292746

Autumn Wind Haiku: Selected Poems by Kobayashi Issa by Lewis MacKenzie. Paperback (Sept. 1999) Kodansha International; ISBN: 4770024738

Shirane, Haruo. Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Bashô. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Chiyo-Ni : Woman Haiku Master by Patricia Donegan (Translator), Yoshie Ishibashi (Translator), Chiyo-Ni Selections. Paperback (September 1998) Charles E Tuttle Co.

Global Haiku Anthology by Swede & Brooks Mosaic Press, February 2000 ISBN 0889627134

School’s Out: Selected Haiku of Randy Brooks by Randy Brooks, 1999 Press Here; ISBN: 1-878798-20-0

Almost Unseen by George Swede, 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN: 0913719994

Love Haiku: A Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki (translated by Lee Gurga & Emiko Miyashita), 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN: 0929820003

Reading Assignments.

Most classes begin with an immediate application, quiz or short response writing based on the reading assignment. All reading assignments must be completed before class so you can complete applied writings and other in-class activities.

Attendance Policy
I am very strict about attendance. You are allowed three absences without penalty. I do not want to know why you are absent. After three absences, you are considered to be excessively absent and five per cent of your semester grade will be subtracted from your semester score for each day of excessive absence. Of course, extended illness will be exempt to this absence policy, usually resulting in an incomplete for the semester.

Types of Assignments

Informal Quick-Writes, Quizzes, Exercises & Planning Work

Quick, informal assignments will be graded with a simple check-system (+) (check) or (–) indicating completion of the assignment. These grades indicate that
     100% (plus) you have done an excellent, thoughtful writing,
     50% (check) you have completed the assignment adequately, or
     0% (minus) you have not fulfilled the assignment and cannot make it up.

Formal Documents

The other assignments are considered formal which means that they should be printed, carefully edited, revised and designed for maximum effectiveness with the intended audience.

Short Formal Essays 3 points @ A+ through F
Long Formal Essays 20 points @ A+ through F
Exams 10 points @ A+ through F

*Informal Assignments & Participation 10%
*Reader Responses (reading group work) 10%
*Contemporary Author Study 20%
*Haiku Poetics Essay 20%
*Haiku Collection 25%
*Haiku Collection Preface (poetics) 05%
*Haiku Project 05%
Submission Ready (in envelopes) & signature reading 05%


(A+=100, A=95, A-=90, B+=88, B=85, B-=80
C+=78, C=75, C-=70, D+=68, D=65, F=1)