to the Renku Column of Simply Haiku. Canada, Croatia,
England, Ireland, Japan ... poets from these countries are represented
in this edition's selection.
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edition the featured poems are short, but not necessarily
sweet. We present
three 12 verse sequences, two Junicho, Covered
by the Wind (in English and Croatian)
and one Shisan, White
Clover (in English and Japanese).
There is a deal of confusion about the difference between
a search of the Archives should
go a long way to clearing this up. To facilitate a technical
analysis two of the poems
annotated to show their seasonal substructure and my own piece, This
highlights the appearance of a four verse 'love' sequence comprising
the traditional 'call-for-love' and
'end-of-love' positions—verses which indirectly invite,
and reflect upon, the more overtly thematic material.
only one 'rule' in renku—an adherence to that creative dynamic
called 'link and shift.' Everything else is optional, pragmatic,
and incremental. The seasonal and topical substructures that
most contemporary renku are variations of earlier approaches
which were themselves adapted from the historic literature.
renku juxtaposes tradition and experimentation. Read some. Write
Rossendale, August 2005