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, and more than a few surprises. 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.
  • Three More Poems About Haiku I continue to discover and enjoy longer poems that celebrate haiku and haiku poets. Three new additions to the Poems About Haiku page are Hannah Mahoney’s “Taking a Walk ...
    Posted May 28, 2020, 11:30 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Virgilio Contest Results Just added to the Reports page are results for the “2020 Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku and Senryu Competition,” which I cojudged with Elizabeth Crocket. Posting these reminded me that I ...
    Posted May 22, 2020, 4:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • The Art of Going Nowhere It’s hard to believe, even myself, that I wrote “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer” in 2019, long before the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, writing about the virtues ...
    Posted May 21, 2020, 12:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Five New Commentaries Freshly added to the Commentary page is a new section for “Geppo Commentaries,” written about my poems selected for special commendation. New to this section are commentaries on five poems ...
    Posted May 18, 2020, 1:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Seeking the Heart of Haiku New on the Essays page is “The Heart of Haiku,” a short essay recently published in Geppo, including a new postscript. I’ve also added “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from ...
    Posted May 15, 2020, 3:25 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • An Essay and More How about a new essay? Just added to the Essays page is “Jump Into Haiku,” a breezy and basic essay intended for anyone new to haiku or perhaps stuck in ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 11:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Prose Poems and a Piece of Issa A new section on the Poems page is “Prose Poems,” featuring three additions recently published in the inaugural issue of the Lights zine from Pleasure Boat Studio. They are “Family ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2020, 9:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haibun and More New to the Haibun page are two pieces that recently appeared in Contemporary Haibun Online. They are “Jabbering” and “Pearls,” both in my series of Historical Haibun, where I add ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2020, 1:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Dying to Visit a Graveyard “Dying to Visit a Graveyard” (on my Deja-ku Diary blog) explores similar haiku, tanka, and two longer poems about the “dash” between two dates on gravestones, and how such ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2020, 5:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Two Poems and a Rengay On the Poems By Others page, two new additions are Mary Oliver’s “When I Am Among the Trees” (a perfect poem for those who appreciate forest bathing), and Lorine ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2020, 4:41 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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