Rengay

 
This page presents my collaborative poetry in the rengay form. Rengay is a six-verse poem usually by two or three writers using a set pattern of three-line and two-line haiku. Unlike renga or renku, all six poems focus on at least one unifying theme. Having a theme is the most important characteristic of rengay. Garry Gay invented the rengay form in 1992, and together Garry and I wrote the very first one, “Deep Winter,” on 9 August 1992, in Foster City, California. On 18 November 1993, I also wrote the first three-person rengay, with Claire and Patrick Gallagher, in Sunnyvale, California. I later published articles in Frogpond and Woodnotes that first began to popularize rengay, and the form is now written widely in many languages. Since 1995, the Haiku Poets of Northern California has sponsored a rengay contest. I have judged this contest numerous times (including the first one), and have won first prize in the contest six times, too (plus second and third prizes). For more information about rengay, consider reading the following essays (all by me except as indicated): 
My commentary on the 1995 HPNC Rengay Contest results may also be of interest. For details about the context in which rengay was invented, please read “Japanese Renku Group Visits San Francisco” (includes a new postscript about rengay). For renku and other collaborative writing, please see the Collaborations page. Also consider reading Linked Verse Courtesies: Seven Proposed Rules of Conduct. See also the Rengay page I run on Facebook.
 
If you have any comments or questions about rengay, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

Historical Rengay

(the first rengay written by two and three writers, and the first solo rengay)
Deep Winter by Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch
A Rain of Leaves by Donna [later Claire] Gallagher, Pat Gallagher, and Michael Dylan Welch
Night Rain by Cherie Hunter Day

First-Prize Winners from HPNC Rengay Contests

1998: Dying Spark by Rich Krivcher, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch
2000: Cornstalk Twisting by Michael Dylan Welch and Lenard D. Moore
2003: The Hilltop Castle by Michael Dylan Welch and Ikuyo Yoshimura
2005: Inside Passage by Michael Dylan Welch and Dejah Léger
2007: Sixth Sense by Tom Clausen and Michael Dylan Welch
2008: Returning by Michael Dylan Welch and Alice Frampton

The preceding rengay are also available in Six Rengay, a free downloadable flyer available in PDF format on my Trifolds page.

Solo Rengay

Two-Person Rengay

Breadsticks by Connie Donleycott and Michael Dylan Welch
Breath Clouds by Jocelyn Conway and Michael Dylan Welch [first publication here]
Dawn Traces by John Thompson and Michael Dylan Welch
Empty Hammock by Michael Dylan Welch and John Thompson
Française des Arts by Colin Stewart Jones and Michael Dylan Welch
Garden Gifts by elehna de sousa and Michael Dylan Welch
Gravestones by Jeff Witkin and Michael Dylan Welch
Helicopter Seeds by Michael Dylan Welch and Margaret Chula
Here and There by John Thompson and Michael Dylan Welch
Idlers in the Gallery by Pamela Miller Ness and Michael Dylan Welch
Lotus Eaters by Michael McClintock and Michael Dylan Welch
Meeting by Andrew Riutta and Michael Dylan Welch
Midnight Feeding by Lana Hechtman Ayers and Michael Dylan Welch
Old Spice by Michael Dylan Welch and Hank Dunlap
On Broadway by Brian Tasker and Michael Dylan Welch
Skipping Stones by Kenneth Tanemura and Michael Dylan Welch
Spider’s Web by Cathy Drinkwater Better and Michael Dylan Welch
Taking the Field by Christopher Herold and Michael Dylan Welch
A Taste of Winter by Elizabeth St Jacques and Michael Dylan Welch
Taking Turns by Michael Dylan Welch and Garry Gay
Too Hot to Handle by Christopher Patchel and Michael Dylan Welch
Two Fat Spaniels by Michael Dylan Welch and Amelia Fielden
Uh-Huh by Lee Gurga and Michael Dylan Welch
Unfolding Miss July by Jeanne Emrich and Michael Dylan Welch
Unraveled Cassette by an’ya and Michael Dylan Welch
Whispered Stories by Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch

Three-Person Rengay

The Bowl He Holds by Randy M. Brooks, Michael Dylan Welch, and Brett B. Bodemer
Branches by Alice Frampton, Michael Dylan Welch, and Richard R. Powell
A Bridge Across by Rich Krivcher, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch
Christmas in the City by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi
Down by Alice Frampton, Vicki McCullough, and Michael Dylan Welch
Hammerhorn Lake by Michael Dylan Welch, John Thompson, and Garry Gay
Hammerhorn Mountain by Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch
Off the Top of Our Heads by Michael Dylan Welch, Alice Frampton, and Connie Donleycott
Prairie Wind by Vicki McCullough, Alice Frampton, and Michael Dylan Welch
Sitting by Michael Dylan Welch, Richard R. Powell, and Marilyn Powell
Spiralling Down by Tanya McDonald, Russell McDonald, and Michael Dylan Welch
Swapping Shells by Michael Dylan Welch, Billie Dee, and Tanya McDonald

Six-Person Rengay

Changing the Guard by Michael Dylan Welch, Bill Pauly, Charles Trumbull, LeRoy Gorman, Guy Simser, and DeVar Dahl
Harmony by Michael Dylan Welch, Emiko Miyashita, David Burleigh, Kathleen O’Toole, Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin
Spiked Punch by Michael Dylan Welch, David Ash, Christine Nelson, Joy Hendrickson, Vicki McCullough, and Merilyn Peruniak
 
(many more rengay to come, of all types)