Two Tan Renga: Hokku by – Tomas Transtromer and Hamish Gunn – May 11, 2016

A renga with Tomas Tranströmer

A dragonfly pair
fastened to one another
went flickering past

©Tomas Tranströmer

joyfully trapped flying
in a summer romance

© G.s.k. ’16

A renga withHamish Managua Gunn

petal lanterns —
a waterfall of flowers
her lips touch mine

© Hamish Managua Gunn

streams of sensation
under spring moonlight

© G.s.k. ’16

This is Tan Renga Month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and I was away and was happy to see that I only missed on of the Tan Renga – so for the episode dedicated to May 7, I also wrote for the hokku presented on May 6.

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5 thoughts on “Two Tan Renga: Hokku by – Tomas Transtromer and Hamish Gunn – May 11, 2016

    • Hello Jane! The renga is actually the forerunner of the haiku … it was first a sort of communal long poem – a haiku master was asked to write the first “hokku” (which we now call a haiku) and then alternatively another member of the group would write a two line completion a third would write another hokku and – etc. Sometimes just two poets would renga … there are different ways to “play” renga 🙂

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