I’ve been immersing myself in reading haiku these days, my latest book being The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa, edited by Robert Hass, The Ecco Press, 1994. So when I saw the announcement of the first poetry gong on Big Tent Poetry, I thought immediately of writing haiku in the style of a poet I am less familiar with, namely Issa. It’s not that I have never read his haiku before– rather, there is something about doing a concentrated study on a single poet at a time. I like his haiku! He was extremely prolific, and wrote about everything from fleas, earthworms and snails, to priests, death, and summer rain.
I originally planned to write a series of haiku for this poetry gong, in response to some of Issa’s haiku, but then I got an even better idea. Why not reprise the idea of writing a renga in community, like I did last August with delightful results. A Summer Renga was composed collaboratively by vivinfrance, brenda w, 1sojournal, Linda Goin, Lisa Hills, pieceofpie, and of course, me. The original post, along with the rules can be found here. This time, I propose An Autumn Renga, starting with one of Issa’s autumn haiku, and adding on from there:
a small boat
drifting down the tide
memories of summer fading
with the scent of lavender
Please join in the fun, and add your haiku or couplet in the comments section (they alternate). I’ll keep this going all week, and then put it together at the end into a new post, crediting each contributing poet for their lines.