I have been loving the leap and link of our Summer Renga, The Crow (w/ Ashley Martin and Cindy Keong), so was very excited when I cam across HENKŌ, the new project from Canadian poet, Sachiko Murakami.
HENKŌ extends the renga to its 21st Century possibilities, with the help of Starkaður Barkarson, by allowing participants to respond to any link in the poem. This branching out allows there to be as many stanzas as there are willing poets, so if you want to be part of something truly innovative, I encourage you to visit HENKŌ, A Powell St. ManyWay Renga and add a branch of your very own…
My branch was written in response to:
Dawn on Saturday:
Still park, empty diamond –
Light shifts – a shadow
(opening link from Henko)
reappearing beyond reach
the clouds of early summer
I’ve said it before… but, collaboration is the way!
For those of you who may not have checked out the Haikunaut Island interactive renga over at Cordite, the 36th link has now been finalised and the renga is complete (and if you are not sure what a renga is they provide this great link to find out more).
There has been an amazing response to the renga with over 100o haiku/links submitted, so this Lost Shark feels pretty excited to have had one of his ‘ku selected.
a crow disrupts my shadow
was selected for link 34.
The Haikunaut Island Renga is definitely worth checking out and if it looks like something you would like to participate in, Ashley Capes has just started another interactive renga at his blog Issa’s Snail.
All are welcome to contribute over at Issa’s Snail, so hope to read many new ku from all of you over there. I will certainly be keeping a close eye on how it develops.