One Hundred Wandering Haiku Renga And Tanka

By Christie Jones and rj Skolnik
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In ONE HUNDRED WANDERING HAIKU the poets have explored three traditional Japanese poetic forms, HAIKU, TANKA and RENGA. The first chapter offers basic HAIKU, three lines, (5-7-5 ) in seventeen syllables. In the second chapter the TANKA expands upon the Haiku to thirty-one syllables, 5-7-5-7-7.

A traditional RENGA is a linked verse form, usually beginning with a Haiku and then a response with two lines of seven syllables. In their MONET RENGA, (a variation upon this tradition), a simple HAIKU of 5-7-5 alternates between the two poets. The RIVER RENGA presents the true TANKA form: Hokku (starting verse of 5-7-5 syllables) from the initiator followed by a Haikai response of two lines (7-7 syllables).

With a deep exploration of these Japanese poetic structures, the poets opened up a world of keen observation and expressive language never known to them before. To distinguish each poet’s work two different fonts are used.

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Published: 2023
Page Count: 108