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Two Interviews and a Haiku-Limerick-Thingy

posted Feb 11, 2019, 3:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 3:58 PM ]

New on the Interviews page are links to two recent interviews with me about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). The first is a text interview by Trish Hopkinson on her “Selfish Poet” blog, widely shared on social media, and the second is an audio interview by Tom Maxedon broadcast on KJZZ radio (NPR affiliate) in Tempe, Arizona. And just added to the Poems About Haiku page is an untitled haiku-limerick-thingy by Douglas J. Steele. See if it doesn’t make you grin.

National Haiku Writing Month Again!

posted Feb 1, 2019, 11:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 4:50 PM ]

It’s February 1. That means it’s the first day of National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo. This is our ninth year to celebrate haiku by writing at least one haiku per day for every day of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. I thought of starting NaHaiWriMo in October of 2010, and it began in February of 2011. The community of poets on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page has reached nearly 3,000 people worldwide. NaHaiWriMo offers daily writing prompts to get you going, too. And it’s not just in February, since we have guest prompters every month of the year. Also visit the NaHaiWriMo website for the details, and where you can also read interviews with all of our recent guest prompters, complete with photos and sample poems. Please join us!

Updating Game

posted Jan 26, 2019, 6:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 1:57 AM ]

Time to play the Updating Game. A new section on the Poems page is now devoted to “Parodies and Humour.” Over on the Poems About Haiku page, you can now find Mary Oliver’s wonderful “Three Things to Remember.” I’ve also added four new photos to the Appearances page, plus several new upcoming events, and have added a new workshop, “Writing Poems About Poetry,” to the Other Poetry Workshops page. And check out a new design added to Haiga with Anne Dunnett, available through the Haiga page.

Short Bios and Petal Mats

posted Jan 17, 2019, 3:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 10:58 PM ]

A new addition to the Digressions page is “Cherry Petal Mats,” about special mats made in 2014 for blossom viewing in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of them featured a haiku of mine—I include a photo. I’ve also added a new “Shorter Bios” page, available through the Bio page. Several other miscellaneous additions, too, such as updates to the Appearances page, and the addition of Prune Juice cover images to three pages of clerihews (past, present, and then some) available through the Poems page. Please explore!

An Essay, a Haibun, and a Trifold Walk into a Bar . . .

posted Jan 4, 2019, 11:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 11:31 PM ]

Okay, they don’t walk into a bar, they get posted to this website. New on the Essays page is “Missing the Moon: Haikuless Haibun,” including a new postscript. And new on the Haibun page is “September.” These pieces were both recently published in Contemporary Haibun Online. And also check out the “VCBF 2010 Haiku Canada Sheet” on the Trifold Downloads page, and listed on the Trifolds page. I served as the judge for this contest, and this PDF file, containing my selections and commentary, is available for downloading or viewing online. No joke!

Graceguts Now in Its Tenth Year

posted Jan 2, 2019, 12:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

Graceguts began life on 13 October, 2009, so 2019 is this website’s tenth year of operation. It has been a labour of love, and I know the essays and other resources have been a great help to many readers around the world. My latest updates include changes to the Appearances page to focus just on 2019 events, with the previous year’s events now moved onto a 2018 Appearances page. I’ve also overhauled the entire Links page to update broken links and make other refinements. A new postscript now appears after the “Seeing Into the Heart: Vulnerability in Haiku” essay, with a link to an “In Concert: Four Rengay” trifold (mentioned in that postscript), now added to the Trifold Downloads page. Lots more to come. Here’s to a great year ahead!

Seven Poems About Haiku

posted Dec 30, 2018, 12:13 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 30, 2018, 12:14 AM ]

Here’s a fine way to end off the year. It’s been long a while since I added any new pieces to my Poems About Haiku anthology page, but this time I’ve got seven, all by Australian poets. Please take a look—I especially enjoy “Negation.”

Is It a Haiku or Not?

posted Dec 22, 2018, 12:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 22, 2018, 12:50 PM ]

Perhaps one of the most famous—and contentious—poems in the history of English-language haiku is Cor van den Heuvel’s “tundra,” first published in 1963. I’ve written a short essay, “The Territory of Haiku,” about this poem and the notion of “space” in (not just around) haiku, with my assertion that this poem is indeed in the territory of haiku, even if on the border. This essay, now on the Essays page, was recently published in the British Haiku Society journal, Blithe Spirit. Meanwhile, I’ve also added a short new postscript to “Watch Your Its,” so check out that essay too.

Inner Silence

posted Dec 17, 2018, 2:29 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 11:41 PM ]

New on the Interviews page, in the section on “Essays and Commentary About Michael Dylan Welch,” is an excerpt from “Inner Silence / Silenzio Interiore,” an essay by Nicholas Klacsanzky published in Incense Dreams that discusses one of my haiku. Also included is an Italian translation by Lucia Fontana of the poem and essay excerpt.

Four New Rengay

posted Dec 15, 2018, 11:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 16, 2018, 4:56 PM ]

Four new additions to the Rengay page all recently appeared in a special collaborative-writing issue of The Bamboo Hut. Here they are:

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