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 JRR1      December 2010
 
 
Journal of
Renga & Renku
Issue 1, December 2010
 
  
 
Publisher
Darlington RichardsSouth Africa and Irelandwww.darlingtonrichards.com 
Editors
Moira RichardsNorman Darlington 
Design and layout
Norman Darlington 
Interior artwork 
John Parsons 
Back cover
Diane Mayr 
Online sales
www.darlingtonrichards.com/jrr 
Printed
on three continents using print-on-demand technology by Lulu.com 
Address all enquiries to
jrr@darlingtonrichards.com ISSN 2220–5691
    
—— Contents —— 
Editorial
..........................................................................
2
Shisan
– four 12-verse poems
.......................................
 Flow of  the Springtide, Billows of  Pear Blossoms, Verlorene Zeit / Lost Time, Kinderland so fern / Childhood’s Land soDistant 
 
5
Essay:
 
Renku 
– 
A Baby Thrown Out with the Bath Water: A Start of  Reappraising Shiki 
by Susumu Takiguchi ........
 14
Nij
ū
in
– six 20-verse poems ............................................
 A Mud Turtle Crawling to a Longbill, Paper Fan, Adrift with her Dreams, The Beat of  Drakes Drum, Mending Nets,Pannonia 
 
19
Essay:
 
Gradus ad Mount Tsukuba: An Introduction to the Culture of  Japanese Linked Verse 
by H. Mack Horton ......
 34
J
ū
nich
ō
– four 12-verse poems .......................................
 
Winter Fields, Sera d'Estate / Summer Evening, The Zen Master Trips, The Marsh Frog 
 
51
Essay:
 
The Mechanics of  the White Space (or 
 
BashoCranks-up the Action)
by John E. Carley ...........................
 
 57
Kasen
– eight 36-verse poems .........................................
 Impromptu at Fukagawa, The Lye Tub, February has come,Pine and Pond, Winter Clarity, Knee Deep in Dandelions,Dusk over Dry Grass, Windswept Walk
61
Essay:
 
Longer Renku: The Hyakuin of  100 Stanzas 
by William J. Higginson ..........................................................
 96
Half-kasen
– an 18-verse poem .....................................
 
Umbrella Handles 
103
Yotsumono
– a four-verse poem ....................................
 
в
 
сердце 
 
пиона 
/ in the heart of  a peony 
108
Essay:
 
The Alchemy of  Live Renku 
by ChristopherHerold ..................................................................................
 109
Live renku
– one 12-verse, and one 18-verse poem ....
 
Our New Nano, Darkening Skies 
111
Book reviews
 
......................................................................
Birds on a Wire, book of  days, Under the Roan Cliffs,
 
Haikai Poetics 
 
119
Triparshva
fourteen 22-verse poems ..........................
 
including 
 
the
 
winner of the 2010 JRR renkucontest,
The Tiniest Pebble,
a triparshva by WilliamSorlien, John Merryfield, Sandra Simpson, LindaPapanicolaou and Shinjuku Rollingstone.Also,
The First Warm Day, Dusty Skechers, Kettle Song,Summer Stars, After the campfire, Crop Circles, Weave of Dreams, Here’s Gratitude, Above the Treetops, Last Summer’Bushfire, Shards of  Coloured Glass, Dream of  Birds, Last Interview 
131
Bibliography
of renga and renku ..................................
147
Report
:
Four Sign Language Renga 
by Donna West andRachel Sutton-Spence ........................................................
 153
Contributors and Acknowledgements
 
.......................
158
The JRR Crossword
.....................................................
 
168
 
 
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 JRR1      December 2010
 
 
Editorial
 
 Welcome to the first issue of 
Journal of Renga & Renku 
and its more than 170 pages of poetry and articlesabout the genre. We’ve been a year in the making and you’ll surely be as thrilled with the finished productas we are. The publication of 
JRR1
coincides with the publication in Japan of 
Wind Arrow 2 
, the second collection of renku by the Association for International Renku (AIR). By way of throwing a book launch party for ourJapanese friends, we open our journal with one of the shisan from their very beautiful book. More about
WA2 
in the bibliography section, and contact Eiko Yachimoto yeiko@peach.ocn.ne.jp for purchasedetails. Another three shisan, two in both German and English, and then Susumu Takiguchi’s essay on theinfluences of Western literature that informed Masaoka Shiki’s creation of a new, modern poetic formfrom the old hokku. The essay explores the effects that Shiki’s ignorance of haikai-no-renga had on bothhis new haiku form, and on the entire genre of renku poetry that preceded him. In the nij
ū
in grouping you’ll find six examples of the form. The first,
A Mud Turtle Crawling to a Longbill 
,was also composed by the members of AIR and is presented in Japanese and English. The second,
Paper Fan 
, is subtitled:
Three modern poets write a renku with Issa 
. It’s accompanied by a few pages of notes from,inter alia, David Lanoue – which will probably clue you in as to how the old man managed to breach thetwo-century gap with his fellow poets. Mack Horton, professor of Premodern Japanese Literature & Culture, completed
An Introduction to the Culture of Japanese Linked Verse 
right at the time we opened our call for
JRR 
content. His fourteen-pageoverview of the history and context of the genre is, as he suggested to us then, just the thing for aninaugural publication. Next, four j
ū
nich
ō
. One with a humourous close reading by the sabaki, one written in Italian and Englishand one devoted entirely to frogs. A themed renku, gasp!? – you decide. John Carley cranks up the action in an explication of Bash
ō
’s scent or nioizuke technique for verse-linking. We’d planned to publish two of Carley’s nuts ‘n bolts renku pieces but opted, in the end, to savethe second for
JRR2 
. Until then, there’s plenty more from John on his
Renku Reckoner 
website herewww.renkureckoner.co.uk  Eight kasen follow, two of which are translations of old Bash
ō
poems and a third, the translation of an‘imaginary’ kasen created with verses written by three famous Japanese haiku poets, all dead at the time of its composition. All three kasen have extensive notes and commentary as does the Miner-style solo kasenfrom Keith Abbott. Lots here to inform and enhance your readings of these and the other poems in thesection which ends with a rather fun and very well-travelled kasen sent us by Michael Dylan Welch. Our journal wouldn’t have been complete without a contribution from the late Bill Higginson and we’revery happy to have helped ‘rediscover’ an essay that was lost in the transfer of his online archive of work to its new renku home here: www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku It’s essential to the understanding and appreciation of the genre, as we discover renku outside of Japan, tomaintain close contact with poets who are creating the poetry in its country, language and culture of origin. The half-kasen,
Umbrella Handles 
, was written by the members of AIR, published in
Wind Arrow 1
,and we’ve included a comprehensive reading and critique of the piece and its verse linkages by Mr IchiyoShimizu.

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