Hello, welcome to
the Renku Column of Simply Haiku. If this is your first visit please
do take time out to check the Archives.
lf you are new to renku as a genre, you've come to the right place!
And whether you are a new or seasoned writer of renku please do consider
adding some of your own work to this growing and fully searchable corpus
of reference. The Contents page will
link you into our renku guides. Submissions
gives the general background.
In recent issues
we have carried some quite startling experimental and performance
In the same spirit of experiment we are now pleased to present Feathered
Frost, our first renku adopting the 'one line' style
of prosody closely associated with poets such as Janice Bostok and
In the accompanying
Ron Moss and Sheila Windsor discuss their approach to collaboration
in general, and this style of writing
collaboration of the highest order is represented by Grace Notes,
a 44 verse Yoyoshi by Hortensia Anderson, Kirsty Karkow and Eiko Yachimoto.
The strap line, 'A Womanly Renga', is of itself thought provoking, and
this is a rare opportunity to see the Yoyoshi used in English by highly
skilled poets of any gender! Eiko Yachimoto also provides a
fascinating tomegaki which details the origins of the Yoyoshi
and throws a surprising sidelight on the meaning of 'collaboration'
in contemporary Japanese society.
If 44 verses feels
a little too truncated for your liking this issue carries Camellia
House, a 100 verse Hyakuin Renga written over the course of
24 hours in the eponymous location at the heart of Britain's Yorkshire
Sculpture Park. There are notes
from Alec Finlay - a leading
figure in the promotion of classical linked verse in the United Kingdom
- plus the original schema and introductory
comments from Jane Reichold.
If you are trying this at home, don't forget the charcoal hand warmer.
From Sogi, to Basho,
to the present day: Simply Haiku is proud to present an entirely
renku proposal from the Irish poet Norman Darlington. With The
Triparshva Darlington revisits the Kasen, seeking new ways
to imbue shorter form renku with core features of Edo period aesthetics.
There is an over-view and a full, diagrammatic,
breakdown for sequences begun in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Read the article. Write
the poem. Submit it to Simply Haiku.
For the moment The
Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition only recognises the
Kasen, Nijuin and Junicho as preferred formats. But that's plenty
and with a September deadline now is the time to consider writing
and entering a piece. Persons outside the United States, Canada
might have difficulty with checks/money orders in the correct denomination.
In your editor's experience mailing dollar bills is not as risky
it seems, and the Bernard Einbond is an important competition. Poets
relatively new to renku might find the schematic of the Nijuin
provided by Professors Higginson and Kondo to be a positive boon. Check
out the relevant pages at Renku
Home. And while you're there, why not read the rest of the
From next issue
the Renku Column will be carrying short articles on specific aspects
of renku technique. If there is a renku question that you would particularly
like to see addressed please mail it in via the Submissions page.
Rossendale, April 2005