Renga is an old form of Japanese poetry related to Chinese forms of short poems, predating even haiku. It is a tool for socializing happily, as people sit together and write single two or three-line verses according to content prescribed by a formula. The Renga Masters (Brendan Hewitt and Czandra) will choose from the verses produced, and link it with the next, and so on, for a total of 18 or 36 verses.
This form was used as a safe form for correspondence also: one poet sends three lines to her friend, who responds in two lines, and back and forth. Participants should be prepared to enjoy the exercise as a kind of game, but also need to observe the Asian formalism and respect it to some extent!
Editor, teacher, and poet Sandra Stephenson is in Parrsboro for a Nonesuch Residency from now until late September.
She will be hosting 2 workshops during that time, a Poetry Workshop on Wednesday afternoons and an Editing Workshop on Thursday afternoons.
On 9 September, Czandra will be reading her poetry live alongside poet Darryl Whetter at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café and if you miss that, or want to see them again, they will be performing together on 10 September at Truro’s Noveltea Bookstore & Cafe.
And if you like to be read aloud to, or to read aloud, join us weekday mornings, Tuesday – Friday, from 11am for Bruce Chatwin’s ‘On the Black Hill’ and other literary treats.
On Wednesday 9 September, poets Darryl Whetter from Advocate Harbour, NS and Czandra (Sandra Stephenson) from Rigaud, QC will be at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café to read and perform their work. The evening will begin at 7:30pm.
Darryl Whetter is a short-story writer, novelist, poet, critic and professor. His debut collection of stories was chosen to The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2003. His bicycle-novel The Push & the Pull followed in 2008. In 2012, he released Origins, a book of poems about evolution, energy and extinction. Darryl holds a PhD in English and has taught creative writing and English at the University of New Brunswick, the University of Windsor, Dalhousie University and Université Sainte-Anne. He has published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, the United States, India and Iceland. His book reviews appear regularly in papers such as The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Vancouver Sun. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a regular reviewer on the national CBC Radio show Talking Books. The pot-smuggling novel Keeping Things Whole is his fourth book. DARRYL’S WEBSITE