Staley Media Arts Center
in Global Haiku Tradition || Assignments
Haiku to Edit
Attempts 1 || Attempts
2 || Bob's Form Edits
|| Attempts 3
& Tan-renga to Edit
Tan-renga 1 || Rengay
1-Early Summer || Summer Heat
|| Fourth of July || Kukai
Contests (judged by summer students) Spring
/ 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.
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.
submit work to the Illinois Times column, send it in an
email to Lee Gurga at: email@example.com
Dr. Gurga prefers haiku with a seasonal reference, publishing
haiku in conjunction with the current season (so submit haiku
with current year seasonal connections).
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
Wind Haiku: Selected Poems by Kobayashi Issa by Lewis MacKenzie.
Paperback (Sept. 1999) Kodansha International; ISBN: 4770024738
Haruo. Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry
of Bashô. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.
: 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
Schools 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:
Love Haiku: A Lifetime of Love by Masajo Suzuki (translated
by Lee Gurga & Emiko Miyashita), 2000 Brooks Books; ISBN:
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.
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.
Quick-Writes, Quizzes, Exercises & Planning Work
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,
50% (check) you have completed the
assignment adequately, or
0% (minus) you have not fulfilled
the assignment and cannot make it up.
other assignments are considered formal which means that they should
be printed, carefully edited, revised and designed for maximum effectiveness
with the intended audience.
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=95, A-=90, B+=88, B=85, B-=80
C+=78, C=75, C-=70, D+=68, D=65, F=1)