Our Big Renga Poem

We did it : 13 of us created 25 linked verses of poetry in 25 days! And here it is ~

PAGE 1 :
Hokku [Verse 1] ~ Jane Talbot [1st December]
Prickly ghost blankets
spread out of winter shadows :
butter melts on toast.

Verse 2 ~ Leslie Marsh [2nd December]
Lone wolf sings a lullaby :
bear dreams the new icy day.

Verse 3 ~ Flemming Funch [3rd December]
Crystal light above,
travelled paths divide and merge :
strangers finding love.

Verse 4 ~ Betsy Anderson [4th December]
A longed-for kiss, light and chaste :
heart swells, and colour rises.

Verse 5 ~ Kate Gold [5th December]
Strength of waxing moon
pulls the tide ever higher
as distant peaks glow

Verse 6 ~ Senga Cree [6th December]
Tall branches sway, shedding flame :
earth’s crisp nourishing carpet

Verse 7 ~ Caroline Johnstone [7th December]
Mushrooms mulched fully
feed on the dead like poison :
harvesting secrets

Verse 8 ~ Kate Trafford [8th December]
Acorn hoard, squirrelled away;
fear conceals buried treasure

PAGE 2 :
Verse 9 ~ Janet Dowling [9th December] 

Exquisite members
traversing the dormant plain :
running, sweeping low

Verse 10 ~ Lisa Holden [10th December]
Ambling to a pause, awake :
above cherry blossom, sings

Verse 11 ~ Stephanie Johnson [11th December]
Buds yawn and stretch out,
anticipate, quivering :
cloying amber stain

Verse 12 ~ Cara Wilde [12th December] 
Skylarks dancing, air delights :
hidden desires erupting

Verse 13 ~ Alan Millar [13th December] 
Oh thunder solstice
of warm long sensual showers
and roses climax

Verse 14 ~ Flemming Funch [14th December] 
Serene is the sudden calm :
grey smoke rises to the moon

Verse 15 ~ Betsy Anderson [15th December]
Ashen skies contrast
hues from Fouche’s Pomona :
ripe fruits fall softly

Verse 16 ~ Stephanie Johnson [16th December]
Persephone mourns harvest :
cage sustained by ruby seeds

Verse 17 ~ Leslie Marsh [17th December] 
Monarch butterflies
rise, kissing silent goodbyes:
reeds wave in return

Verse 18 ~ Caroline Johnstone [18th December] 
Love hearts freeze-frame memories:
Wind under wings; let it go

Verse 19 ~ Lisa Holden [19th December]
Polaroid found, hope ~
entwined passion rekindled :
hidden dangers lurk

Verse 20 ~ Kate Gold [20th December]
Trust in the tender yearning :
follow the path that rises

Verse 21 ~ Kate Trafford [21st December] 
Dreams of peaks unreached
inspire sure-footed ascent:
soul, eternal guide.

Verse 22 ~ Janet Dowling [22nd December] 
Scattered far beyond the stars :
traverse the sun and restored

PAGE 3 :
Verse 23 ~ Senga Cree [23rd December] 
Bonfire gathering
around ancient light, dusk moon :
fleeting precious life

Verse 24 ~ Cara Wilde [24th December] 
Sienna rots, dank death calls :
Mabon’s hands held high now yield

Verse 25 ~ Jane Talbot [25th December]
The Holly King falls,
bound by age-old promises :
axial tilting

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Launching On Monday 1st December

Winter frostThe excitement in the Big Renga Project is building as we approach our launch on Monday 1st December!

There are now 13 renga poets [renju] involved and we’ve been practising behind the scenes to familiarise ourselves with those darn rules 🙂 .

On Monday you’ll see the first verse published here, and you can watch the first episode of the Big Renga Round-Up here. Over 25 days, you’ll see the renga grow daily and you’ll get to hear more about the rules [shikimoku], and all the twists and turns, on the daily Round-Up.

The first verse of renga poem is called the hokku. The format is 5-7-5 (syllables) and the hokku is always set in the current season. So we already know that the first stanza will be about winter (that’s why there’s a picture of frost on this post 😛 ).

Hope you can join us on Monday.

Jane
Sōshō [the sōshō is responsible for the completion of the renga. S/he has the authority to dismiss an improper verse.]

 

Welcome To The Big Renga Project!

The Big Renga ProjectOn the 1st December 2014, a group of (up to) 23 poets who have never worked together before are going to start creating a 25-verse renga poem. If the ideas of collaboration, community and creativity press your “hot buttons”, we’d love to hear from you!

Whether you’re an experienced poet or a complete novice, please feel very welcome to express your interest in joining us. Our website is still under construction. Over the coming weeks, you’ll be able to get a better feel for what the project is all about. In the meantime, you’ll find full details of our collaborative poetry project here .

Jane Talbot
Organiser Of The December Renga Gathering