Millikin University Course

Haiku Writing Roundtable
Fall 2004 • Dr. Randy Brooks



Notre Dame cathedral
the whispers
of atheists

by Katie Steimann
(best haiku of Fall 2004)


too much tequila—
we forgot
we broke up

by Jenn Van Natta
(best senryu of Fall 2004)


hiking ahead
he blends in perfectly—
lonely mountain valley

by Emily Evans
(best sabi of Fall 2004)


their son
home from the war
folded flag

by Rick Bearce
(best sabi of Fall 2004)

special event:
Japan House tea ceremony • Dec. 10 • 3pm

Dr. Brooks treated the haiku students to
a tea ceremony
by Professor Kimiko Gunji
at the Japan House in Urbana.


Haiku Writing Roundtable

Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to read, write and publish haiku. As a pass/fail course, the secondary goal is to have fun sharing the creative process in a small workshop atmosphere. We will celebrate the diversity of voices and variety of experiences which will be evident in the student works.

For the Fall 2004 semester, students will gain an aesthetic understanding of Zen poetics underlying the haiku tradition and write original haiku from memory, imagination, direct observation, and meditation.

Each week we will have a traditions reading assignment, a short analysis assignment in response to readings, and a writing assignment.

Haiku Writing Roundtable Authors


Roundtable Kukai:

One (no comments) || One (comments)

Two (no comments) || Two (comments)

Three (no comments) || Three (comments)

Four (no comments) || Four (comments)

Five (no comments) || Five (comments)

Final Kukai || Final Kukai (comments)

Haiku Attempts to Edit:

One (not edited) || One (edited)

Matching Pairs Kukai:

One Matching Contest || Contest Results

See some of our tea-ceremony
haiku in the final kukai.


simple tea bowl
a hundred hands
cradled its warmth

by Emily Evans

Fall 2004 Student Haiku Colletions:

  AbbyKavanaugh AliciaScott  
  Abby Kavanaugh Alicia Scott  
EmilyEvans JenniferVanNatta JoanneWeise KatieSteimann
Emily Evans Jennifer Van Natta Joanne Weise Katie Steimann
LeaEvers NicholeJohnson ReganBledsaw Rick
Lea Evers Nichole Johnson Regan Bledsaw Rick Bearce

Required Books

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

Zen Art for Meditation by Stewart W. Holmes & Chimyo Horioka. (Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1973).

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

© 2004, Dr. Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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