Haiku Tradition Assignments Blog
Classroom: Shilling 422
MTWRF – 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/14, 1/15
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (with lunch break)
course syllabus (pdf)
Informal Assignments & Participation (plus, check, minus) 40%
Contemporary Author or Topic Essay 20%
Haiku Collection 20%
Haiku Collection Preface (your haiku poetics) 05%
Haiku Project or Ginko 10%
Haiku submission ready in SASE 10%
ALL ASSIGNMENTS are to be submitted by email.
Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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When referring to a haiku by any author, please use the following means of citation. Always type the entire haiku (DO NOT CHANGE CAPITAL LETTERS, PUNCTUATION, nor WORD SPACING!). Then include the author and an abbreviation of the publication source. For example, here is a haiku by Peggy Lyles from her book, To Hear the Rain:
my mother's hair
Peggy Lyles, To Hear the Rain, 93
Haiku Community Links:
Haiku Society of America • http://www.hsa-haiku.org/
Haiku Chronicles • http://www.haikuchronicles.com/
The Haiku Foundation • http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/
Heron's Nest • http://www.theheronsnest.com/
Modern Haiku • http://www.modernhaiku.org/
Haibun Today • http://haibuntoday.com/
Kukai Favorite Selections
1 Kukai • 1 Kukai Favorites
1 Haiku to Edit • 1 Haiku to Edit Results
2 Kukai • 2 Kukai Favorites
1 Matching Contest • Favorites
3 Kukai • 3 Kukai Favorites
2 Matching Contest • Favorites
4 Kukai • 4 Kukai Favorites
5 Kukai • 5 Kukai Favorites
6 Kukai • 6 Kukai Favorites
& Writing Assignments by Dates
1/6 morning --> Introduction to the art of reading haiku
In class reading: Mayfly magazine sample
(1) writing response: send me an email of your in-class response to a favorite haiku in MAYFLY
In class reading: handout of Peggy Lyles' haiku, To
Hear the Rain, introductions, prose (available from Moodle)
(2) writing response: find 2 favorite haiku by Peggywrite your imagined felt responses to them (one paragraph each)
REMEMBER to cite each haiku fully like this (do not add spaces or capital letters or change punctuation):
soaked in vinegar—
Lyles, To Hear the Rain, 48
In class writing: an extended memory approach to writing haiku.
(3) select a favorite haiku (from MAYFLY or Peggy Lyles) then write an extended memory & related haiku:
Go into more depth with a haiku that especially triggered memories from your childhood or past describing that memory from your own life. SHARE your extended memory with another student and identify some key images that are "resonating" with sensations or feelings.
THEN write at least 3 haiku attempts that capture different moments or feelings from within that longer memory from your experience. You may want to especially explore a childhood memory as well as more recent memories.
1/6 afternoon --> Introduction to the art of writing haiku
In class reading & writing: handout of haiku from Almost Unseen by George Swede (available from Moodle) and the Silence Between Us by Wally Swist
(4) writing response: find two favorite haiku from George Swede and write a short response paragraph to each of them
(5) writing response: find two favorite haiku from Wally Swist and write a short response paragraph to each of them
In class comparison: find an interesting "matched pair" of haiku (one from George Swede or Wally Swist and one from Peggy Lyles or a Mayfly author) to compare one above the other.
In class team discussion & debriefing: characteristics of haiku?
(6) Someone from team record bullet points & be ready to share.
(7) write a short analysis of the writing strategies and techniquse used in these haiku. (not just reader response but analysis of writing techniques such as line break, word choice, arrangement, rhythm, sounds, emphasis, break, voice, tone, attitude, etc.). one page maximum for your analysis (half a page is fine).
Haiku reading & writing assignments for tomorrow:
(8) write haiku: write 10 or more haiku attempts on memories from childhood or other topics that come up from reading MAYFLY or Peggy Lyle or Wally Swist or George Swede' haiku.
(9) start reading & finding favorite haiku from The Haiku Anthology. write response paragraphs to 3 favorites
ALL 9 writing assignments (1-9) from our first day should be emailed to me by midnight, Monday, January 6. Send them to: email@example.com
1/7 morning --> Reading American haiku
In class comparisons (matched pairs) from Lyles & Swist & Swede and the genesis of discourse from Lyles & Swist & Swede
In class Kukai 1 selection of favorites.
(10) reading responses: write your imagined felt response paragraphs to two favorite haiku from kukai 1
In class sharing and discussing favorite haiku from The Haiku Anthology, pages 1-159.
(11) write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from the first half of The Haiku Anthology
1/7 afternoon --> Workshops on writing & editing haiku.
In class workshop on editing haiku.
(13) Haiku to edit workshop: based on the haiku editing workshop in class, send me variations and edit suggestions for at least three haiku by others from the 1 Haiku to Edit handout.
(17) Read Aubrie Cox's Tea's Aftertaste and write responses to 3 favorite haiku.
In class reading: Guide for Beginning Haiku by Gail Sher (availabe as PDF from Moodle).
(12) Review Peggy's introduction and interview for her guidelines. Teams discuss & compare strategies for writing haiku from Lyles & Gail Sher's Guide for Beginning Haiku. Have one team member keep bullet points and write up a summary as an email to me. (one page max)
Haiku reading & writing assignments due by email midnight, Tuesday, January 7:
(15 & 16) write haiku: write 10-20 new haiku - open topic. Among these new haiku, please try to write 3-5 haiku on experiences/insights/feelings/perceptions of health and well-being activities—biking, running, swimming, weight-lifting, relaxing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, working out, sports, eating well, skin, muscles, abs, etc.
(14) write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from second half of the The Haiku Anthology
Write about a favorite haiku from The Haiku Anthology as an example of one of the very best haiku you have found so far.
ALL 8 writing assignments (10-17) from our second day emailed to me by midnight, Tuesday, January 7.
Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/8 morning --> Reading Japanese haiku
In class sharing and discussing favorite haiku from the Millikin University Haiku Anthology.
(18) What are the essential elements of the very best haiku? What makes some haiku better than others? How would you define or describe the characteristics of the best haiku? What must a highest-quality haiku do (for? with?) for readers to be effective?
In class reading & discussion of Introduction to Haiku (12 page handout from Moodle)
(19) response writing: find 1 favorite Japanese haiku & match it to 1 favorite English language haiku—write your short responss to them (one short paragraph each), then write a short comparison of differences and similarities you notice in the Japanese haiku and English-langauge haiku.
In class Kukai 2 selection of favorites.
(20) reading responses: write your imagined felt response paragraphs to two favorite haiku from 2 Kukai
1/8 afternoon --> Japanese haiku continued
In class reading and sharing favorite haiku and discussing handout of Masajo Suzuki's Love Haiku.
(21) reading response: find three favorite haiku by Masajo and write a short response paragraph to two of these favorite haiku.
(22) reading response: find one more favorite haiku by Masajo. Let your response be a more extended imaginative memory or purely fictional piece about someone spinning off the third Masajo haiku as its starting point. End your short fictional piece with a haiku. Two pages or three pages max!
in class 1 Matching Contest on exercise and health.
(23) response writing: write about an interesting match that came up in the matching contest (comparing the two haiku and making your point about which one "wins" the match.
Haiku reading & writing assignments due by email midnight, Wednesday, January 8:
(24) haiku writing: write 5-10 haiku on any topic and another 5-10 more haiku on relationships such as first dates, breaking up, autumn romance, girl friends, getting engaged, boy friends, love, lost love, etc.
ALL 9 writing assignments (18-24) from our third day should be emailed to me by midnight, Wednesday, January 8. Send them to: email@example.com
1/9 morning --> Reading Basho & the Origins of Japanese Haiku
Discuss haiku by Masajo Suzuki & share haiku fiction short short stories.
In class Matching Contest on Relationships selection of favorite match.
(29) reading responses: write your response paragraps to a favorite match from this matching contest 2
In class read Matsuo Basho chapter 2 from Ueda's book.
(26) reading response: find two more favorite haiku by Basho and write a short response paragraph to these haiku.
(27) response writing: Find two matching English haiku to Bashô's haiku—one representing the aesthetic of sabi and one the aesthetic experience of karumi. Write a paragraph for each pair comparing these English haiku with those by Basho. (One sabi haiku not by Basho compared to one sabi haiku by Basho. And one karumi haiku not by Basho compared to one karumi haiku by Basho).
1/9 afternoon --> Planning Contemporary Haiku Essays
In class Kukai 3 selection of favorites.
(28) reading responses: write your imagined felt response paragraphs to two favorite haiku from kukai 3
In class reading & DVD viewing: Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, pages 1-88 (whole book). The haiku cited by the haiku poets are included in the anthology, in the same order as the DVD.
(30) reader response: write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem
(31) reader response: write a response about what you realized about the English-langauge haiku poetry community from the video. also briefly discuss one or two or the haiku poets who especially intrigued you.
At home (32) Write a Short Proposal for Author or Haiku topic Study:
Think about and propose what or who you'd like to write about for your contemporary haiku reader response essay. You may want to browse the Registry of haiku poets at The Haiku Foundation <http://www.thehaikufoundation.org>.
These essays are due Monday, January 13. In order to loan you books from the Decatur Haiku Collection on Monday, January 13, I need to know your intended topic or author by midnight, January 9. Here's guidelines for this assignment:
haiku author or topic study: A formal essay introducing a particular contemporary author, topic or technical approach to contemporary haiku readers. This is a reader-response essay, so the primary source for your essay will be your own readings and analyses of 6-10 haiku. If you are doing an author focus, discuss your author's approach to writing haiku. You may choose to write about a haiku topic instead of an author, with reader responses to 6-10 haiku related to that topic. Matching comparisons with haiku by other authors are always valued in all approaches to this essay. This can focus on one book by the author in the form of a book review essay or on a particular theme or technical approach to haiku by the author.
o focus on a point of insight or question about that author's unique contribution
o include response discussions of 6-10 haiku by the author
o optional - include a matching comparison to a haiku by another author (or more)
Length? 5-10 pages single-spaced. Citations? Full citation of each source within text first time mentioned (followed by haiku citation convention of author, publication title abbreviated, page number) for subsequent mentions. Yes, do include a works-cited page.
On January 14, bring 9 copies of your essay handout -- on a single page (front and back is fine if needed) providing your audience with copies of all haiku in your essay.
Haiku reading & writing assignments due by email midnight, Thursday, January 9:
(33) haiku writing: write 10-15 new haiku. Write 2 haiku with a sense of sabi, 2 with wabi & 2 with karumi.
ALL 12 writing assignments (25-33) from our fourth day should be emailed to me by midnight, Thursday, January 9. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/10 morning --> Basho and renku (linked-verse traditions)
Sharing contemporary haiku essay plans.
In class Kukai 4 selection of favorites.
(34) reading responses: write about 2 favorite haiku from kukai 4
In class reading: Bashô Chapter 3 Renku sample handout (provided in class)
(35) reader response: write a paragraph to me about one favorite link (a pair of links) in the renku example.
In class writing workshop: tan-renga capping of select favorite haiku from previous kukai or matching contests
(36) write two-line caps to existing haiku. email the resulting tan-renga to me
through the alley
you see me
I'm not alone
the dumpster is full
1/10 afternoon --> Writing renga and rengay
In class selection of favorite tan-renga.
(37) reading responses: write your imagined felt response paragraphs to two favorite tan-renga
In class partner rengay writing workshop:
(38) team writing assignment: write 2 rengay with your group following the guidelines in the handout, HOW TO WRITE RENGAY (download).
In class share and discuss favorite haiku from School's Out.
(39) write response paragraphs for two favorite haiku from the School's Out
Write a haiku project proposal:
(40) The purpose of the haiku project is to apply haikai arts to something that means a lot to the student—usually something related to their major field of study. Bring your passion to this project and connect it to haiku (photography & haiku) (music & haiku) (history and haiku) (psychology & senryu) (a kasen renga) (baseball haiku) (a collage of haiku) (haiku web site) (anthology of love haiku) . . . have fun with this. make it your dream assignment. Email me a paragraph explaining your project plan by midnight January 12
You can see sample previous haiku projects at:
Haiku projects are due Tuesday, January 14.
(41) Write 5 haiku in response to or inspired by haiku from your author study essay.
(42) Write 5-10 haiku related to your proposed haiku topic
ALL 7 writing assignments (34-42) from our fifth day should be emailed to me by midnight, Sunday, January 12. Send them to: email@example.com
1/13 morning --> Presenting Contemporary Haiku Reader Response Essays
Sharing Contemporary Haiku Reader Response Essays
Jasmine Clark - Masajo Suzuki
Diata Drayton - Nature Haiku
Tristan Gammell - Nature Haiku
Trevor Greenwood - Senryu
Lucy Koger - Richard Wright
Brendan Menacher - Wally Swist
reading Haiku Guy
(43) writing response: Practice the exercise of stop, look, and listen as described in the book. Find something, whether it be in your dorm, on campus, or somewhere where you can sit quietly without distraction and observe a particular thing, area, or person. Then, write about what you observed, describing what stuck out to you. Write 3-5 haiku from this exercise.
(44) Write 2 haiku following Kuro's advice, and 2 haiku following Mido's approach.
(45) reading responses: write your imagined felt response paragraphs to two favorite haiku from kukai 5
1/13 afternoon --> Writing a traditional kasen renga
In class write a Mad-verse (crazy intuitive linking) kasen renga, with round-robin writing.
(1) hokku—sets tone, greets all, establishes season, quiets guests to join in
(2) wakiku—builds on unstated elements of the hokku and maintains season. ends in a noun
(3) daisanku—ends with open-ended image (often transitive verb ING)
(5) usually moon shows up here for the first time
(6) concludes the first page (jo) often written by the official scribe
(7)-(29) heats up the links and leaping (intensification)
(13) moon appears again
(17) blossoms usually show up here
(29) moon's third and final appearance
(30)-(36) kyû—the slow down finale (quiets back down into calmness)
(35) cherry blossoms always here
(36) end with openness and reverberation
(46) type and email me your Mad-verse renga completed in class
ALL 4 writing assignments (43-47) from our sixth day should be emailed to me by midnight, Tuesday, January 13. Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/14 --> Sharing our original haiku
Signature Gift Exchange
(47) send me a photo of your signature gift exchange (email)
Sharing Haiku Collections & Projects
(48) send me an email copy (or PPT) of your haiku project
Physical signature haiku gift exchange and haiku chapbook collections are due in class January 15.
The signature haiku process—a haiku to give to others when they ask about haiku that can be used to teach them about haiku and to share some of your work with them. A haiku you want to be known for or known by—one that works with a lot of readers. A gift of a haiku insight . . . often presented as a gift of some sort such as a bookmark, a small haiku stone, etc.
(49) BRING 7 copies of your signature haiku to class! (includes 1 for yourself)
Haiku Collection Chapbooks due: Select and organize your best haiku & senryu into a collection. Make a little booklet, or print them in a binder, or write them in a blank book.
Select and organize your best haiku & senryu & haibun & renga into a small booklet or collection. Give your collection
a title and a © 2020 page. (Often signature haiku are connected
to the title.) Include a dedication page if you would like to.
Be sure to write an author's introduction to your collection which explains your title and expresses your approach or why these are the ones you have included in your collection (your poetics preface). This is your FINAL EXAM on what you have learned about the Art of Writing Haiku.
For your preface or introduction, think about the source of your best haiku. Where do your haiku come from? Why do you notice, observe, feel, reflect or focus on those things for immediate impact and lasting significance? What's your haiku muse? Your inspiration to write? Why did you title the collection what you did?
Bring your Haiku Collection Chapbook to class Tuesday, January 15.
(50) Don't forget to e-mail a copy of the contents of your collection including your introduction to Dr. Brooks by midnight, Monday, January 13.
The January Global Final Haiku Reading
Sharing signature haiku & reading from your chapbook collections.
Haiku ready for submission to haiku magazines:
Type a selection of 5 of your best haiku with your name and address on the upper left hand corner of the page.
(51) Send me an email with a copy of your submission letter by midnight, Monday, January 13.
(52) Review haiku you have written from the kukai, matching contest, and from your final haiku collection. Write about why 5 of your haiku are your favorites. (2 pages maximum)
(53) Write a short reflection essay on how your life has been enriched by learning more about the literary art of reading and writing haiku. What has the art of haiku taught you that will be of value in your professional, social and personal life? (1 page maximum)
EMAIL your 52 and 53 reflection writings to me by midnight Tuesday, January 14 at: email@example.com