First published in Woodnotes #21, Summer 1994, page 35.
Yes by Alexis Rotella and Florence Miller. Jade Mountain Press, 1994, 48 pages, paperback, 8¼ by 11 inches. $10.00 from the Alexis Rotella at P.O. Box 2399, Saratoga, California 95070 [address no longer correct]. As a sequel to their previous renga book, Eleven Renga, Alexis Rotella and Florence Miller present another energetic collection of linked verse, this time with twelve 36-stanza renga. A vibrant openness permeates many of the human-centered verses, and keen observation buoys up the nature-centered lines. The following sample is from the fourth renga, “Lifting the Field” (first verse by Alexis, second by Florence):
In the river