Saturday, October 28, 2006

Kasen End: City Landscapes

...We've reached our final destination: 36 verses of our City
Landscapes kasen. But, does poetry "arrive" anywhere? Or does poetry
serve to remind us that we are a people on a journey, trying to
understand our Processes?

A few questions for us to consider...

1) Do we want to discuss our renga? Talk about its movement(s),
images, language, form, etc? Do we want to leave it alone, like a poem
needs to sit in its own space? Do we want to talk about the poem's
process and creation? (I impose on you a bit of my aesthetic by asking
these last questions!)

2) Do we want to discuss our process? How did we respond to this
method of writing poetry? How is it different from our regular
discipline of writing? How does this mode of writing -- online,
published in cyber space, communal writing in form -- affect (or not)
our own prosody and poetry?

3) Do we want to re-examine our technical methodology? Do you think it
worthwhile to include other people in our group? Is one verse a week
for each person too much? Too little? Is a kasen or a renga
(in)sufficient for our needs?

4) Do we, as a group or on an individual basis, need to read/explore
criticisms and writings about rengas/haikus/eastern forms of poetry?
Should we explore other contemporary poets who are writing
rengas/haikus to see the different variations of this style of poetry?

5) Do you think we should take a break before picking up on our next
renga? Do you feel inspired, still, to continue with our renga writing?

Please let me know what you think...

I leave you with the words by Christian Wiman, "Let us remember...that
in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully
inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we
more fully inhabit these things, we will be less apt to destroy both."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Pins drop into a steel cup.
The shake of a passing train.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Rainfall will end
up with a thin ice crust,
synchronizing storm drains.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Today: one more baby born
or border crossed, 300 million.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Street lights splice traffic,
Provinces of fire-blown trees
perilous paradise

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Make-up kit spilled on the 3rd ave. bridge,
Minneapolis, red leaves, red lights.