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Volume 40.2
Summer 2009

book review:

Millikin University Haiku Anthology
edited by Randy M. Brooks, Emily Evans, Rick Bearce, and Melanie McLay

Reviewed by Charles Trumbull

Millikin University Haiku Anthology, edited by Randy M. Brooks, Emily Evans, Rick Bearce, and Melanie McLay (Decatur, Ill.: Bronze Man Books, 2008). 1st edition. 192 pages; 5.5 x 8.5. Glossy white card covers; perfectbound. ISBN 978-0-978744-16-8. Price: $25.00.

This is a remarkable collection of 264 haiku written by Randy Brooks’s haiku students at Millikin University over the past decade in a book nicely designed and packaged by students. The reasons why Brooks’s classes are considered the preeminent college-level venue for the teaching of haiku are apparent on every page. These kids have come a very long way since their introduction to haiku, as coeditor Emily Evans writes in her preface, “in the fourth grade as a dreadful, boring 17-syllable poem.”

 

 

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