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.
  • Lost and Found Just added to the Haibun page is “Something Lost,” describing a childhood visit to Niagara Falls. Also check out the Rengay page, where I’ve just added “Staples,” an office ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 12:47 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Even More Clerihews Clerihews? You want clerihews? Okay, even if you weren’t exactly clamouring for them, I’ve just posted some more. Newly hatched on the Poems page are 28 new “Clerihews ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2018, 9:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • What, Really, Is Haiku? New on the Poems About Haiku page is Sydell Rosenberg’s “On What Is Haiku.” This is a piece of prose that reads poetically. It was first published in 1981 ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2018, 12:40 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • 2018 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners A new addition to the Reports page is “2018 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners,” my selections and commentary on this year’s winning poems in the contest’s international category. Festival ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • How to Read a Haiku A major new addition to the Essays page is “Thirteen Ways of Reading Haiku,” recently published in The Mamba. Many essays address the issue of how to write haiku. This ...
    Posted May 28, 2018, 5:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Two Rengay and a Haibun All three of the following new site additions were recently published in Wales Haiku Journal. On the Rengay page, check out “Nightshift” (written with Aubrie Cox and Barbara Hay) and ...
    Posted May 26, 2018, 11:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • More Haiku Learning I continue to write and publish new essays about haiku in my “Learning From” series. The latest, “Skywriting: Learning Haiku from Annie Dillard,” was published in the spring of 2018 ...
    Posted May 23, 2018, 10:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Smartphones and Memories New to the Rengay page is “Our Own Devices,” a recently published collaboration with Luce Pelletier, from Skylark magazine. And on the Haibun page, in the “Memorial Haibun” section, is ...
    Posted May 19, 2018, 9:14 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A Surfeit of Surfings A miscellany of recent site additions for your web-surfing pleasure:On the Rengay page, read “Salad Days,” a rengay I wrote in 2010 with five other poets, just published ...
    Posted May 12, 2018, 10:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A Poem, a Rengay, and a Postscript Yup, new stuff! The Poems About Haiku page now includes Terry Martin’s “Reading Bashō in Our Valley,” and the Rengay page now features “Rainbow,” written with Bill Waters. I ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2018, 11:05 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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