We will be composing a twelve verse, Jûnichô, renku. Our ninth THF renku session begins now, with an invitation for hokku.
Drawing from William J. Higginson’s “Renku Home” website, here is what we are told about this format:
Practical Guidelines for the Jûnichô Renku Form
by Seijo Okamoto, Master of the Haikai Sesshin
translated by William J. Higginson and Tadashi Kondô
- A renku must have literary value and a sense of stylishness. This is what Bashô called “timeless and fashionable” (fueki ryûkô).
- A twelve-tone renku consists of twelve stanzas. There is no front or back. One blossom stanza, which may be any flower in any season–it need not be cherry blossoms. One moon stanza, which may be any sort of moon in any season. About two love stanzas, in any position. About half the verses will be seasonal (a pair each for spring and autumn, one each summer and winter), and half non-seasonal, in a flexible order. About half with human focus, the rest on places, animals, plants, and the like.
- Progression and diversity are the essence of renku. Accordingly, a wide variety of things in nature and the world of humans should appear.
Requirements for our hokku:
- either a spring or autumn verse
- three lines
- a single cut/grammatical break (kireji)
Please use the “Leave a Reply” box, below, to submit your hokku offers. I will be reviewing them until the submission deadline of midnight, New York time, on Monday, September 3. My selection and commentary, together with an invitation for the second verse (wakiku), will appear here on Thursday, September 6.
I look forward to seeing your hokku offers!