As Paul MacNeil, associate editor of The Heron's Nest describes the performance in relation to the conference theme:
linking of renku stanzas, longer and shorter alternating for the sake of flow
the pause between breaths.
like haiku, the hokku has its own space built in for resonance and juxtaposition. Taken as a whole, a classic renku, also has built in breaths, between each succeeding pair of verses/stanzas. The juxtaposition allowed in such renku is within pairs.
The renku are each “classically” oriented kasen (36 verse) renku, following the “rules” and structure taught by Bill Higginson and Shinku Fukuda. The renku will be "performed" -- read with feeling, interpreted by pace, volume, serious to comic, with one reader for each original poet.
Paul MacNeil, Florida, USA
Yu Chang, New York, USA
John Stevenson, New York, USA
Ron Moss, Tasmania, Australia
Sandra Simpson, New Zealand
Sophia Simpson, New Zealand