Have you ever heard of “septenga”? A septenga is haiku– a sequence of seven links, starting with a three-liner, followed by two, and ending with a three-liner. (3-2-3-2-3-2-3). The poem contains a theme that unites the seven links, and it can either be written solo or with a partner.
“Changing Demographics” is a book of septenga by Canadian Haikuists Philomene Kocher and Marco Fraticelli. The three-liners are written by Kocher and the two-liners by Fraticelli.
In this thoughtful chapbook, I learned a new form! Published by catkin press in 2021, owned by Canadian Claudia Coutu Radmore, the book cover was also designed by Radmore. (She is the President of Haiku Canada.)
Kocher and Fraticelli enjoy writing linked verse because collaborative writing is “a great antidote” to what is often a solitary experience, according to Fraticelli.
The septenga form was created by Haikuists Alexis K. Rotella and ai li in 1997.
Here is one septenga from the book:
on the bare branch
of a tree shadow
the open coffin
only the flowers
blooming on campus
in the middle of the field
taller than the corn
my remaining days measured
and the cicada
For more information on this book, you may contact Fraticelli at: Mapletree67@hotmail.com