Issa’s Snail is a collaborative poetry site open to those interested in the composition of renku (or renga) – which is, of course, linked verse by multiple authors. April 2011 will mark the beginning of our 3rd year as a group.
The Snail has so far completed around eight renku, among them Junicho, Tripharshva, Kasen and John Carley’s Yotsumono Renku. We’ve had such sabaki as the brilliant Queensland poet, editor and publisher Graham Nunn and the supremely knowledgeable John Carley and most recently Eiko Yachimoto, who led us in the first English-language Koyomi.
To get involved, browse through some of the completed renku and look back over the Drafts and Discussions, where you will see how we work, and try your hand at something from the Exercises page then put your hand up when we open a renku!
If you’re interested in helping out with the admin and moderation, e-mail mountain0ash[at]gmail.com and we can talk about adding you as an administrator
And a big thank you to Keiji and David at Cordite, for directly inspiring this group with a fantastic renga
I strongly recommend visiting Cordite to read Keiji’s excellent notes on renga, they are far better than I could ever do and are not just useful if you want to contribute, but are fascinating of themselves