The Harvard Review is hosting a celebratory “Renga for Obama” on the conclusion of our 44th president’s second term. A renga is a Japanese collaborative form consisting of linked stanzas composed in pairs. A new pair of stanzas appears each day—a traditional haiku(which many of us know in English as a three-line syllabic form of 5-7-5 syllables) followed by a waki (a two-line stanza of 7 syllables each) that responds, elaborates on, or turns the haiku. Today’s addition is a collaboration between Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea and me. He wrote today’s haiku, and I wrote the waki. This project involves over 200 poets and will continue over more than 100 days. Please follow along if you are so inclined!
March 27, 2018: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
March 29, 2018, Iowa City, IA: Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., 7 PM.
March 30, 2018, Evanston, IL: RHINO Reads! at Bookends & Beginnings, 6 PM.
April 3, 2018, Terre Haute, IN: Indiana State University.
April 22, 2018: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, Poetry Stage, 4 PM.
April 28, 2018, Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Poetry Center Spring Conference, 1719 25th St.
June 5, 2018: UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Publication Party Reading, 7 PM, Moss Theater at New Roads School.
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