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A Santa Fe Style Renga

#Haiku Happenings #7: Miriam Sagan shares a “Sante Fe Style” #renga!

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

Elizabeth Searle Lamb taught me to write renga. We did them by mail, and in her later years, by email. Now Isabel Winson-Sagan and I–the creative team f Maternal Mitochondria–have been writing renga as part of our studio practice. It’s a way for us to collaborate, work on poetry, and think about the same formal constraints at the same time. This is our third renga.
To begin it, we did a traditional Japanese start by using a haiku by an established master. I don’t think this is done that often in English, but we were drawn to it as we also do some translation. Plus, it was a pleasure to work with the Basho. We then wrote over a few months period–at lunch and by e-mail. You can see it isn’t that strict–it snows more than once. That seems to be an influence left over from Elizabeth, who often repeated…

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