Call this a poetry magazine, if you like. Something authentic and delirious. Graceguts has just one main contributor. This is a place for poems, essays, stories, book reviews, and other materials that Ive written or created—plus a few surprises. I add to it organically, focusing on published work. Ive published thousands of poems, mostly haiku and related genres, as well as hundreds of essays and book reviews, and I hope you enjoy them. If youre new to this site, please visit First Time Here. Thank you for visiting.
—Michael Dylan Welch       

Recent Graceguts Blog Posts

Click any of the following links to read about recent site additions or other featured pages.
  • And the Winner Is . . . Over the years I’ve judged numerous haiku contests, and I’ve documented most of the results—with my commentaryon the Reports page. However, I’d never added many ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2018, 12:09 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Teaching Haiku Happy new year! All the best for 2018 to all readers of Graceguts. To start off the new year, a new addition on the Essays and Haiku Workshops pages is ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Raku Teapot Contest To wrap up the year 2017, a new addition to this website is “2004 Raku Teapot Award,” available through the Reports page. This text features the results of a contest ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 9:36 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Two Things Just added to the Poems by Others page is “The Times-Herald that day had good news,” by Susan Oakes. I’ve always loved this Christmas poem. Meanwhile, over on ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2017, 3:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Funny . . . Or Not Newly available through the Digressions page is That Ain’t Funny, a landing page for various items throughout Graceguts that might (ahem) be funny. Or not. It includes sections devoted ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2017, 11:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Selected Poems from Earthsigns Just added to the Press Here and Books pages are links to forty-six sample poems from the 2017 Haiku North America conference anthology, Earthsigns, which I edited with Scott ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2017, 12:15 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Yes, Another Rengay Just added to the Rengay page is “With Each Step,” written on the theme of shoes with Japanese poet Ryu Yotsuya. We wrote this rengay in Kamakura, Japan on 22 ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2017, 11:47 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Even More Poems About Haiku A fresh addition to the Poems About Haiku page is Gregory Orr’s untitled paean to Issa, with the first line of “Could it all be said.” And check out ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2017, 9:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Learning from Shugyō Takaha A major new contribution to my Essays page is “Arriving Geese: Learning from Shugyō Takaha,” which explores exemplary and challenging haiku by one of Japan’s most prominent haiku poets ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2017, 4:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Wait, More Rengay! Two new collaborations on the Rengay page are “Summer in the Country,” written with Colleen Gerrish Force and Jim Force (Nika), and “Heat of the Moment,” written with Deborah P ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 10:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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Featured Pages

Featured pages appeared here each month from October 2009 through December 2012. In January 2013 I discontinued this listing in favour of the automated list of recent blog posts, above, which mostly feature recent additions. See featured pages from past months.

Make It New

If this is your first visit, everything here is new! Check out First Time Here. If this is not your first visit, and you want to see whats most recently added or changed on this site, click Recent Site Activity. Or better yet, visit Blogistics, the blog for this site, devoted mainly to identifying recent additions. And to see what I’ve been up to personally, or will soon be up to, please see my Appearances page, which, naturally, I keep up as best I can.

Catch Me If You Can

If you have comments about anything on this site, or discover a broken or misdirected link, please feel free to contact Michael Dylan Welch. Comments very welcome! If your comments are relevant to a particular page, I could possibly add your comments to that page (with your permission).


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