Millikin University Accelerated Course

Global Haiku Traditions
Accelerated Format July 2016 • Dr. Randy Brooks


old beater
Grandpa's truck


by Amanda Ferguson



he leans on the bar
scars on his arm


by Bethany Wetherholt


Advanced Studies in Poetry:
Global Haiku Traditions

(Wednesdays 6-10pm)
Shilling Hall Room 422
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 2016

Students in Global Haiku Tradition


Assignments Guide

• • •

Kukai & Matching Contests:

Kukai 1Kukai 1 Favorites

Haiku to Edit 1Results

Matching Contest 1 - Spring & Summer

Matching Contest 2 - Autumn

Matching Contest 3 - Winter & Christmas



Kukai 2Kukai 2 Favorites

Matching Contest 4 - Wabi


July 2016 Global Haiku Students






Amanda Ferguson

Bethany Wetherholt

Bill Fields

Cristine Lourash

Darla Laymon






Jennifer Tohill

Marshaya Sangster

Michelle Holsapple

Sonja Chargois

Zach Cronister


Course Description

English 340, Studies in Poetry: Global Haiku Tradition examines the origins and spread of Japanese haikai 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 research 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 also learn the art of haiku from both a reader and a writer perspective, thus practicing the haikai arts, not merely reading about them.

Students will explore the history and practice Japanese haikai poetics and learn about the role of this literary art in both Japanese and contemporary American culture. Students will compare authors and approaches to haiku from both Japanese and American traditions. Students will develop their professional writing abilities, as academic research writers through a study of a contemporary haiku writer.

The haikai arts emphasize the power of concise writing, in which silence and things not said may be as important as the things said. Therefore, study of the haikai arts helps students develop exact, precise writing skills. Also, since haiku is the art of suggestion and connotation, it requires an integration of reading and writing abilities. Haikai arts stress the importance of an active reader to “finish” the haiku in their own mind. The active response to a haiku is to share your imagined response, or to create another haiku or extension of the original haiku. This process of connecting personal experiences, memories and feelings to the haiku by others helps students explore their own lives, memories, feelings and values.

As students practice the art of reading and writing haiku, they discover that the haikai arts are not the exclusive domain of professional writers. They discover that haiku is a possible means of developing a personal life of meaning and value from their own reading responses and through the writing of their own original haiku.

Download the complete Global Haiku Traditions Syllabus (doc file).

Required Books

From the online bookstore on any online store:

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

GET THIS BOOK at least ONE WEEK before our first face-to-face class!

From Dr. Brooks (available first night of class):

(1) Love Haiku by Masajo Suzuki by Lee Gurga, (2000) Brooks Books; ISBN 1929820003

(2) The Silence Between Us by Wally Swist, (2005) Brooks Books; ISBN 1929820070

(3) Millikin University Haiku Anthology, (2008) Bronze Man Books; ISBN 9780978744168

(4)Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem by Taz Yamaguchi (includes DVD), (2008) Brooks Books

haiku conferences

haiku courses at Millikin

teaching haiku

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


© 2016, Dr. Randy Brooks • Millikin University

last updated August 16, 2016about this site