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Renku Reckoner By John Carley
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Descriptions, seasonal schemas, appraisals and examples of twelve traditional and modern renku forms, from the 36-verse kasen to the 4-verse yotsumono. 19 chapters on renku theory and practice,... More > including a series of carefully constructed exercises. Carley's reputation as a leading theorist in English-language renku is the result of 15 years' work, during which time he led hundreds of linked verse sequences and translated a significant number of Edo-period kasen. This book is the culmination of those efforts. In addition to reworked and expanded versions of previously published articles, Renku Reckoner contains several new chapters expounding the author's latest arguments, as well as a dozen complete poems, some never before published, including a new translation of the Basho-school kasen "Purveyors of Verse" (Shi akindo, 1682). This authoritative work will be a welcome addition to the library of any poet or reader, beginner or advanced, with a serious interest in collaborative poetry in English.< Less
Journal of Renga & Renku, Issue 1 By Darlington Richards
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This exciting new journal is devoted to all aspects of renga and renku. It is published and edited by Norman Darlington and Moira Richards, and launched at the end of 2010. It includes scholarly... More > articles, poems, discussions, contests, critiques and more. Journal of Renga & Renku includes a variety of content that will interest Asian Studies scholars as well as teachers and students of English literature/poetry; it will also be of interest to poets experimenting with the writing of renku in a number of languages around the world today, and to practitioners exploring aspects of renku and its za as an educational/social/therapeutic tool.< Less
The Little Book of Yotsumonos By John E. Carley et al.
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John Carley’s four-verse renku format is represented by 60 poems, wherein Carley collaborates with well-known haikai poets Hortensia Anderson, Lorin Ford, Carole MacRury, Sandra Simpson,... More > William Sorlien and Sheila Windsor, together with an introduction to the form. “I have always been impressed by Carley’s knowledge of Japanese linked verse… It is my sincere hope that this new form of linked verse will take root.” —Nobuyuki Yuasa, Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University, and translator of Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Penguin Classics, 1966). “the Little Book of Yotsumonos opens up a world of poetic possibility, sourced by the old, both the Chinese and Japanese poetic traditions, yet fresh and original… I suspect few will be able to read this book without wanting to try and compose a yotsumono themselves.” —Sonja Arntzen, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, and translator of The Kagero Diary and Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud Anthology.< Less
Journal of Renga & Renku, Issue 2 By Darlington Richards
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This exciting new journal is devoted to all aspects of renga and renku. It is published and edited by Norman Darlington and Moira Richards, and launched at the end of 2010. It includes scholarly... More > articles, poems, discussions, contests, critiques and more. Journal of Renga & Renku includes a variety of content that will interest Asian Studies scholars as well as teachers and students of English literature/poetry; it will also be of interest to poets experimenting with the writing of renku in a number of languages around the world today, and to practitioners exploring aspects of renku and its za as an educational/social/therapeutic tool.< Less
The Plenitude of Emptiness By Hortensia Anderson
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hortensia anderson : collected haibun 115 haibun from this master of the poetic form which combines distilled, essentialized prose with haiku. First brought to prominence more than three hundred... More > years ago by the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō, haibun is a form of poetic expression still in its infancy in the west. Hortensia Anderson captures the spirit of Japanese haibun with formidable accuracy, and her work effortlessly incorporates the Japanese aesthetics of wabi and sabi, as she delves frankly into her own personal experience. "Some of the best haibun I've ever read. The prose flows in magical rhythms and emotionally moving tonalities as it condenses into haiku of exquisite, and startlingly vivid, imagery. Unfolding before your eyes, and all your other senses, are worlds radiant with freshness and washed with wonder." —Cor van den Heuvel, editor of The Haiku Anthology (1974, 1986, 1999)< Less