Three Tan-renga from “Tanka Day”

First published in the Tanka Society of America Newsletter 4:3, September 2003, pages 13–14. These tan-renga were written on 30 June 2003, at the Tanka Society of America’s “Tanka Day,” at which I led a lunchtime exercise where I invited everyone present to write tan-renga with one or more partners. The following are three tan-renga to which I contributed.



She keeps trying

to cross the street, mother

with two toddlers—


                Penny Harter


The Age of Innocence

falls from her diaper bag


                Michael Dylan Welch


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there is time

for one more



                John Stevenson


do I dare

disturb the universe?


                Michael Dylan Welch


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long business lunch—

I lick the fork again

for a faint taste of blueberries


                Michael Dylan Welch


the deal is sealed

with our handshake


                John Stevenson