News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 18, 2013

In honor of river, pair to teach how to write ‘renga’ on Monday


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — At the next Vigo County Public Library Brown Bag event, John Maraldo and Arthur Feinsod will lead a session on constructing group poems.

This program, part of the 2013 Year of the River celebration, is scheduled for 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the main library branch.

Maraldo retired from teaching philosophy at the University of North Florida in 2008 and moved to Terre Haute, his wife’s hometown. He lived several years in Japan and loves Japanese culture. No poet himself, he still likes teaching renga (linked verse) and enjoys hiking along the Wabash River.

Feinsod is a professor of theater and member of the honors faculty at ISU. Although neither is Feinsod a poet, he often works with poetry as a theater director, literature teacher and playwright.

“Writing renga is like canoeing down a river,” Maraldo said. “Imagine a big canoe with four people who alternately take the guide paddles. You paddle for a while taking the canoe in a certain direction, then another person takes over and takes a slightly different course. And so on, alternating among all four and repeating the changeover. You don’t want to upset the canoe by shifting directions too radically, but also you don’t want to bore everyone by simple guiding the canoe in exactly the same direction. You want a kind of turn that lets everyone see the water or the coastline or things in the water from a different perspective.”

For more information, call 812-232-1116.