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Translations into Chinese

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

New on the Haiku and Senryu page is NeverEnding Story, a collection of my haiku and tanka that have appeared on Chen-ou Liu’s “NeverEnding Story blog, complete with his translations into traditional and simplified Chinese. He also provides commentary on selected poems. I link to this content from the Translations and Interviews page as well. My gratitude to Chen-ou Liu for translating my poems.

Afterwording Seven Sevens / Seven Moons

posted Dec 9, 2017, 8:22 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 9, 2017, 9:04 PM ]

Just added to the Introductions page is “Courting the Eyeball Kick: A Short History of Suns and Moons,” my afterword to Seven Suns / Seven Moons, a collection of surreal haiku-like poems I cowrote with Tanya McDonald, published by NeoPoiesis Press in 2016. This page also links to “Before Seven Suns / Seven Moons,” which documents earlier drafts of an introduction and afterword originally proposed for the book. These drafts provide additional information about the book, and may be of interest to those who like seeing editorial revisions. The final afterword explores Allen Ginsberg’s notion of the “eyeball kick” and how it influenced the writing of my “Seven Suns” sequence, which Tanya mirrored with her “Seven Moons” response. Have a look!

New “Rengay Essays” Page

posted Dec 5, 2017, 1:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 1:10 PM ]

This website’s extensive coverage of the rengay poetry form has now been split into two simpler parts, resulting in a major new addition to the site. The existing Rengay page continues to feature rengay collaborations I’ve written with numerous other poets, but has been revamped to omit essays. Information about learning and appreciating rengay now appears in a new Rengay Essays page, with information presented in the categories of “Learning Rengay,” “Studying Rengay,” “Publishing Rengay,” “Essays on Rengay by Others,” and “Historical Rengay.” These two pages constitute what I believe to be the most extensive exploration of rengay poetry available on the Internet.

“Recent Additions” Recently Added

posted Dec 4, 2017, 1:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 2:56 PM ]

A new structural element added to key pages on Graceguts is a section listing “Recent Additions,” with the date of addition included. This information will make it easier to find recent content. You can find these sections on the Essays, Haiku and Senryu, Poems, and Rengay pages for now, with possibly more to come.

More Clerihews for Haiku Editors

posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:36 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

Freshly planted on the Poems page is “Clerihews for Haiku Editors—Present,” which features twenty-three poems in the whimsical clerihew form, recently published in Prune Juice. They go with twenty-two “Clerihews for Haiku Editors—Past,” which Prune Juice published earlier in 2017. Having some fun here!

Yet Another Rengay

posted Nov 28, 2017, 9:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 9:56 PM ]

Just added to the Rengay page is “From Here to There,” written back in 2008 with Terry Ann Carter and Philomene Kocher, but only recently published, in Frogpond. Each verse involves travelling of one sort or another. Please take a look!

Aha Moments

posted Nov 24, 2017, 7:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 24, 2017, 7:34 PM ]

Another new essay on the Essays page is “Aha Moments and the Miracle of Haiku,” recently published in Japan’s magazine. This essay identifies three types of “moments” in haiku and seeks to distinguish between them to minimize misunderstandings of what the so-called “haiku moment” really is.

Two New Trifolds

posted Nov 16, 2017, 4:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 11:40 PM ]

Just added to my Trifolds page are “Breakfast Alone,” a selection of 22 recent haiku and senryu mostly related to tastes and food, and “Writing Like a Woman,” with 19 recent tanka, published for the occasion of the Tanka Society of America’s “Tanka Sunday” conference on 17 September 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can view either file as a PDF, or download each one to print out a copy for yourself. Enjoy!

Two More Rengay

posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 2:20 PM ]

One of two new pieces on my Rengay page is “Giving Thanks,” written with my daughter Sarah on a Thanksgiving theme. This rengay won second place in the 2016 Haiku Poets of Northern California Rengay Contest, judged by Tanya McDonald. In the same contest I also got an honourable mention for “Rocking Chair,” on the theme of chairs, written with Ruth Yarrow and Emiko Miyashita. Both of these rengay recently appeared in the HPNC journal, Mariposa. Gratitude to the judge, to Mariposa, and to my fellow writers. You too can give rengay a try!

Japan’s Biggest Export?

posted Nov 7, 2017, 5:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 5:43 PM ]

Freshly added to my Essays page is “Japan’s Smallest Export,” just published in the premier issue of Origami, a new Seattle-area glossy magazine devoted to Japanese culture. Other additions are updates to my Bio and Links pages, and new events on my Appearances page (I’m starting to add 2018 events). Also check out the new addendum on the “Typos Happen” page. 

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