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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
RENGA: splicing spontaneity into your writing at the Bath Japanese Festival
Part of the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival
With thirteen people involved, fourteen if we count Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delight's masterly presence:
Renga is a type of joint group activity where we all get involved in writing a poem with haikulike verses called ‘links’. Each verse is not so much poetry in the usual sense, but a way to capture snippets of everyday ’ordinary’ plain speech, and language.
It’s really easy, and gaining huge popularity all the time: for instance Alan’s Bath 1000 Verse Renga Project with Bath Libraries (book coming out soon) was so popular with both the public and writers that they actually received more than 1000 verse.
We didn't really need to hold a gun to this poet, as she provided the first line!
We squeezed in at least a couple of titles from Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, and probably inspired by at least another, I'm sure.