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.
  • For the Love of Clerihews Freshly added to the Poems page, and linked to from the Haiku and Senryu page, is “Clerihews for Haiku Editors—Past, with twenty-two delectable four-line silly poems in ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Even in Seattle New to the Essays page is “Even in Seattle: An Introduction to Haiku Poetry,” covering both Japanese and English-language haiku, recently published in Raven Chronicles Journal. Also newly sprouted ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 10:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haibun Definitions A major new addition to the Essays and Introductions pages is “A Survey of Haibun Definitions: Introduction to Wedge of Light,” from my press’s 1999 anthology, which presented results ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2017, 4:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Three Rengay New additions to the Rengay page are “Your Turn” and “Smart Cars,” recently published in Prune Juice, and “Saturday Matinee,” which just appeared in Hedgerow. My push to get dozens ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 9:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A New Old Haibun Just added to the Haibun page is “Rhythmic Breathing,” a haibun I originally wrote in 1996, but just published (finally), in Contemporary Haibun Online 13:2, July 2017. This haibun ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2017, 11:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Time for Poets in the Park The annual outdoor poetry festival that I direct for the Redmond Association of Spokenword is coming up on 15 July 2017. Check out the Poets in the Park page for ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 4:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Canadian Voices The 2017 Haiku Canada anthology, Wordless (Ekstasis Editions, 2017), contains a short contribution from me, including two haiku (plus a bonus poem). Read “Voices,” newly added to the Essays page ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2017, 11:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Evolutions One of two new additions to the Essays and Introductions pages is “Desert Heat: A Haiku Revision,” my afterword to Deep Breath: A Book of Haiku Evolutions, edited by Terry ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2017, 3:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku Stances I recently published a new essay in Modern Haiku that I’m happy to share on my Essays page. “Haiku Stances” covers a variety of motivations for writing haiku, which ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 7:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Snow Bones About It New to the Reviews page is my assessment of Masaya Saito’s marvelous haiku book, Snow Bones. This review appeared in the summer 2017 issue of Modern Haiku.
    Posted Jun 18, 2017, 4:05 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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