Greetings and welcome to The Haiku Foundation’s current Renku Session entitled, ‘Timber Smoke’. I am Marshall Hryciuk of Toronto, Canada and will be leading this session through a 36-link kasen renku.
You could get your English-language saijikis out and use them for inspiration or reference but since I don’t consult any myself, they probably won’t help you to have a link accepted by me. When I specify a season, what i’m looking for is seasonality in the whole link and not a specific ‘indicator’ word. And though my reference for flora, fauna and meteorological elements will be predominantly from the northern hemisphere i’d like maintain this renku as a global outreach including the southern hemisphere as well, so that, e.g., indicating winter by Christmas references or spring by those of Easter will not be accepted.
Ideally, a link should both link and shift with the verse previous to it and to that verse only. I like to think of each new verse as a magic lamp that casts a light back on the previous step conferring an added nuance or meaning to it while also maintaining the energy forward as in a relay run where the baton is placed where the new runner starting up doesn’t have to break stride to grab hold. Thus not every, in fact not even the majority of verses, are meant to be a ‘haiku’ but each is meant to pick up from the previous one and continue in a novel and open-ended way the relay.
The first verse, called the hokku is mine and it is:
nothing dimmed yet
timber smoke scent
sifts into the house
What i do now as leader is set the specifications for the next verse that must link with that and these are: two lines, summer reference, either outdoors or indoors.
I will not be commenting on each submission. I will choose one of those submitted by noon EDT on a given Tuesday and you will be given that link on the Thursday morning of that week.
Happy linking -Marshall
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