Wednesday morning update: Let’s keep it going. Renga is still open – join us!
Renga is a form of Japanese linked poetry, a series of stanzas typically composed in concert by multiple authors. Jacqueline Pearce at Wild Ink gives a great description of the evolution of haiku from its recreational renga origins.
For fun, let’s try some renga here at Brainripples today. Add your own haiku stanza in the comments, building on the imagery provided in the stanza preceding yours. Participate as many times as you like! If it helps, revisit the Monday Morning Muse for additional inspiration.
If this doesn’t slake your appetite for haiku, swing by Joe Felso’s blog Ruminations. He’s on hiatus until next week, which provides us with a great opportunity to read back over some of his recent work, such as Haiku Sonnet: 17 Year Cicadas.
Heading to the library? Look for Japanese Linked Poetry: An Account with Translations of Renga and Haikai Sequences by Earl Miner (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1979). I especially enjoy the “Three Poets at Minase” segment. Miner thoroughly explores the symbolism codified within renga.
Let’s get started. Below I’ve included yesterday’s stanza, followed by my contribution for this morning:
Rain applauds the sun
rising angrily alone
while thunder grumbles.
umbrellas, rabbits listen,
nibble, listen, run
(Ok… your turn!)