So, in this form or style of Junicho, ‘dai’ or topics would not be seasonal. Instead, they would be replaced by something almost pop-culture, so that instead of a summer verse, there would be a ‘film’ verse for example.
This ‘New’ Junicho would be traditional in that it relies on Allusion (a feature of more in line with ushin renga) but the Allusion verses take the place of ‘love’ ‘blossom’ & ‘moon’ positions. Those positions become, for lack of a better phrase ‘cultural-allusions’ which constitute single verses relating to Literature, Politics, Art, Music, Religion, Film.
Now, in order to contrast these, we’ve planned that other verses would be barred from addressing the prior mentioned Cultural Topics of Lit, Film etc. Instead, the remaining verses will fall into two other categories, Gendai, and Shasei. Therefore we have three Categories: Cultural, Gendai, and Shasei.
This Junicho may also have a seasonal spread at some stage throughout the 12 verses, which allows for, basically, 4 seasonal topics to be woven into the renku at any point.
Beneath is a draft schema, with Literature opening at the hokku and Film closing the renku:
1 – hokku / literature
2 – waki / shasei
3 – daisan / politics
4 – verse / gendai
5 – verse / shasei
6 – verse / art
7 – verse / music
8 – verse / shasei
9 – verse / gendai
10 – verse / religion
11 – verse / shasei
12 – ageku / film
6x Cultural [Topics: lit, politics, art, music, religion, film]
John will be leading us within the following boundaries:
• Neither Shasei nor gendai verses should appear in the last-but-one relationship
• Each topic from the cultural category should appear (once only)
Here we go!