New Year's Renku

Verse 1

I. INTRODUCTION (next 4 verses starting now) (go deeper)

Renku is like a train pulling out of a station. It needs to build up speed. Don't be too exciting in this first part. Start off mellow and cool.

Traditionally, these topics are avoided in the Introduction:

religion, love, impermanence, and proper names (places or people)

1. Three lines. The first verse (the hokku) should be on a New Year's topic. In addition to "New Year's Day," New Year's resolution," and so on, you might use "first dream," "first smile"... anything that you are seeing or experiencing for the first time in the new year. It should look like a haiku with a strong internal break, usually after the first or second line. (go deeper)

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