Renhai Reflections 1: Introduction #1


Starting this week we will be embarking on a new linked-verse project for the coming year. We will be working with a new poetic form that I created a year ago called Renhai. Renhai has some similarities with Rengay as you may observe in the following Renhai. However, Renhai has some important differences and some unique qualities. The following Renhai was written with Zhanna P. Rader and is the first Renhai that was ever written:

A Night Out
A Renhai by Vaughn Seward (vs), and Zhanna P. Rader (zr)
Renhai #1, Aug 10-25, 2007

Still autumn night —
each patch of the forest,
full of darkness. /vs

Blanket of velvet-gray fog — /zr
a crow pierces the silence. /vs

Coffee aroma
permeates the morning air —
sudden rain... /zr

Over the next few days I plan to describe how this new form came into existence, what its essential features are, and how Renhai are typically written.


John McDonald said...


jem said...

This sounds like fun. Always good to learn about new forms, as they can encourage new ideas. The examples you gave are great. Very monochrome!

Jon Cox said...

Great idea! :o)

polona said...

nice progression throughout te verses here... love the mood.
this is new to most of us so i'll be looking forward to more.

Masago said...

Thank you all! I look forward to your comments and feedback.

Janice Thomson said...

This is really unique. Love the connection between the middle lines and their corresponding verse. Very creative idea. Look forward to seeing more.

Borut said...


Masago said...

Janice: Thank you.

Borut: Thanks!

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