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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge #110 swinging gate
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Maybe you are familiar with the early history of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai then maybe you know that we had a weekly feature on Fridays titled "Tan Renga Challenge". As the title already says the goal was to create a Tan Renga from a given haiku by an ancient or modern haiku poet. I remember that a lot of you enjoyed that feature very much, so I have decided to bring the Tan Renga Challenge back at CDHK. The above number (110) is just a chosen number, because I couldn't find the number of our last Tan Renga Challenge, somewhere back in 2016.
For this "first" newly born Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku written by our wonderful and beautiful Jane Reichhold. She is still missed and her spirit is dwelling here at CDHK. I have taken this haiku from her online "dictionary of haiku" from the division Summer and sub-division Plants:
a swinging gate
on both sides the flowers
open - close
(C) Jane Reichhold
What was the goal of this special feature? To create the second stanza of the Tan Renga through association on the images. scenes in the given haiku. The second stanza is a two-lined verse with approximately 14 syllables (7-7).
Tan Renga looks very similar to Tanka, but Tan Renga is written by two poets instead of one poet as is done with Tanka.
This Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 22nd at noon (CEST. I will (try to) publish a new Tan Renga Challenge every Wednesday. For now ... have fun!