Renga Coming to the Railyard

Editor | - April 24, 2013

A poetry installation near the corner of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road in the Railyard Park

We need your support for a new public art and poetry project that we are launching in Santa Fe on June 21, the summer solstice. It’s an outgrowth of our Haiku Roadsign Project from a couple of years ago.

Now it’s time for The Renga Project. We will build a beautiful wooden signboard, complete with a small roof. We’ll install this near the corner of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road, in the Railyard Park in Santa Fe.  Each week we’ll hang a new stanza on the sign. Renga is an ancient traditional collaborative form of poetry from Japan. Poets write short stanzas which respond to what has come before. Our Renga will be written by 49 New Mexico poets. Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon Davis will start each of the four seasonal sections. The other stanzas will be written by 24 poets selected by him and an additional 24 poets selected by them. There will be six stanzas at a time on the sign. As each new stanza is added, the oldest will be removed. The public will experience, over the course of a year, a changing and evolving 52-stanza collaborative poem.

In addition, we’ll invite 52 New Mexico Artists to create a linked drawing which illustrates the poem. We’ll publish a book at the close of the project with the full poem and the full linked drawing, in three versions: an affordable paperback, a series of four seasonal, miniature Japanese-style folded books and a beautiful limited edition handmade accordion book.

All of this will culminate with a reading of the poem with the poets at the New Mexico Museum of Art and an exhibition of the drawings in the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery in the summer of 2014.

We need to raise a minimum of $1,500 to fund this project. This will pay for the construction and installation of the sign, the large-format printing of the stanzas, the weekly installation work, the design and printing of the book, and a copy of the book for each of the poets and artists. Please visit the Indiegogo page to show your support and you can pre-order a book or sign up for other great premiums.

Corporate sponsorships available, contact us.

Come see us and find out more about The Renga Project at Matsuri 2013, Saturday April 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.