To the Stars Through Difficulties

51RlYg6LntL._SL500_AA300_To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices

Publisher: Mammoth Publications, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9837995-9-7.

Purchase through Mammoth Publications.

Based on the renga unfolding at http://150Kansaspoems.wordpress.com, this 150-part poem brings together poets throughout and beyond Kansas with a connection to this state of mind and geographical mosaic of place. A “renga” is a collaborative poem based on the Japanese haiku form, often about nature. Poets in the chain take readers across the mythological as well as physical landscape of Kansas. Each poet begins with the seed of an idea from the poem before, writes, and leads the way for the next poet, all the way to the end. Mirriam-Goldberg explains, “The renga draws together descendants of pioneers, lovers of dogs or cats or both, attorneys and people who’ve spent time in jail, old hippies and young activists, social workers and psychologists, mothers and grandfathers, mathematicians and dancers, college professors emeritus and current students. In our poetic conversation, we celebrate Kansas and make community with readers.”

Read a review in the Wichita Eagle, and Caryn’s blog on writing the book.