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!
September 16, 2017, Pacifica: Reading with Lisa Rosenberg, Florey’s Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Ave, 7 PM.
October 22, 2017, Claremont: Reading with Carol V. Davis, Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave, 2 PM.
November 14, 2017, Oakland: California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway.
Winter Quarter 2018: Poetry Workshop through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Late March-early April 2018: Indiana, Iowa, Illinois (details forthcoming).
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