Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In Which I Review an American Renga (Whatever That Is)

What’s the Big Idea?

Crossing State Lines: An American Renga

Edited by Bob Holman and Carol Muske-Dukes
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011

The big idea was for a poem to be started on the East Coast in the fall and sent poet by poet, state by state, around the country, criss-crossing all fifty states, before arriving at its final destination in California on Robert Hass’s electronic doorstep sometime in the spring. Along the way, each poet who received the slowly accreting mass of words would look at the previous entry or entries and write a ten-line poem in response, or in defiance, or in whatever manner they could channel their inner Issa to carry them to whatever lonely peninsula or pine barren they were inclined to go. They would have two days to complete their lines before sending the whole thing on to the next writer.

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