Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Ripen, new skins, plums
drum this season. Weeds wither
as the planet tilts.

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Renga Rules: TIME Renga

Thanks to Snezana for the idea of this newest Renga. As stated, we're attempting a 100-verse renga following TIME. It has been suggested (and seconded) that Sneza also write our Hokku, anchoring it in Autumn with an appropriately autumnal kigo, as the first verse to give us a headstart on time (haha!).

Theme: TIME
Length: 100-verses

Guiding principles:
1. Mineral, vegetable, animal (movement from earth to creatures)
2. Split verses in (generally) 1/3 increments for mineral, veggie, animals
3. Verses must contain some reference to time, about time, with time, against time, for time, without time, etc... But no mention of the English word TIME except in another form, root, derivative, or language. [Is that too stringent?]

Other guiding principles that we might consider incorporating for this renga? Janet recommends keeping the list short. Ideas...?

Posting preferences for each week are as follows:
Saturday or Sunday: Luba
Monday: Janet
Wednesday: HAT

Others are also invited to name their preferred day of posting. Luba recommends starting sometime in the Fall, if possible. If necessary, please review Robert Hass's book on the Essential Haiku, to refresh our memories about rengas and rules.

1. Title each post/verse with the number of the verse, please.
2. Add the label "Time Renga" to each post

Thematic elements of renga are perhaps most crucial to the poem’s success. The language is often pastoral, incorporating words and images associated with seasons, nature, and love. In order for the poem to achieve its trajectory, each poet writes a new stanza that leaps from only the stanza preceding it. This leap advances both the thematic movement as well as maintaining the linking component. - excerpted from Poets.org

Also, read general thoughts on Nature Poems, from Poets.org