This blog focuses mostly on what’s new or revised on the Graceguts site, owned and operated by Michael Dylan Welch, but may have other occasional quiddities. Enjoy! And if you have any comments,
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2018 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners

posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 6:08 PM ]

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 organizers announced these selections and read my commentary at the festival event on 29 April 2018 in Ukiah, California. My congratulations to each of the winners, selected out of 588 entries in the international category.

How to Read a Haiku

posted May 28, 2018, 5:11 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 28, 2018, 5:41 PM ]

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 essay takes a reader’s approach to these poems, pointing out techniques and objectives to look for when encountering haiku. But of course, pseudo-haiku wont exhibit most of these techniques, which means that such poems are most likely not haiku, despite how assertively their authors claim them to be haiku.” Its not just syllable counting! In fact, it’s not syllable counting at all. Knowing what to look for can help readers get beyond the erstwhile T-shirt slogan: “Haikus are easy / But sometimes they don’t make sense / Refrigerator.”     +

Two Rengay and a Haibun

posted May 26, 2018, 11:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 26, 2018, 11:32 PM ]

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 “Breathless” (written with Rich Krivcher). And on the Haibun page, please find “Iris Stalks,” my haibun homage to Bashō’s most famous haiku. Thank you for reading.

More Haiku Learning

posted May 23, 2018, 10:57 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 23, 2018, 10:57 PM ]

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 in Wales Haiku Journal, and I’ve just added it to my Essays page, complete with a short new postscript. And, as a little extra, on the Interviews page, look for “Facts Poetic—Take Haiku Beyond Grade-School Myths,” a newspaper article that was just published in The Daily Astorian in Astoria, Oregon. This article, by Patty Hardin, features interview responses from me, plus one of my haiku.

Smartphones and Memories

posted May 19, 2018, 9:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 19, 2018, 9:14 PM ]

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 “Johnny Baranski: A Poet of Conviction,” a homage to my late poet-friend who died in January of 2018 (this piece was just published in Frogpond). So turn off that smartphone—unless you’re reading this on oneand sit for a spell with these two new site additions.

A Surfeit of Surfings

posted May 10, 2018, 12:10 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 12, 2018, 10:32 PM ]

A miscellany of recent site additions for your web-surfing pleasure:
In addition, please visit my Deja-ku Diary blog, where I’ve added two new postscripts (dated 29 April and 6 May 2018) to my “‘Haikus are Easy’ . . . To Plagiarize” essay. There, all of these distractions should keep you surfing for a while.

A Poem, a Rengay, and a Postscript

posted Apr 25, 2018, 11:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 11:05 PM ]

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’ve also added a new postscript to the “Metaphor in Haiku” essay, about a poem by Paul Chambers. Take a look!

A Knowing Postscript and Furry Rengay

posted Apr 6, 2018, 11:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 12:07 AM ]

Scurrying around on the Rengay page is something new: “Several Species of Small Furry Animals,” written in 2009 with Colin Stewart Jones, and recently published in Under the Bashō. Also check out the short new postscript at the end of my “Knowing the Poet” essay. And on the Editing page, I’ve added mention of another business book I edited in the last year, Sonny Brandtner’s Ants, Elephants, and Dancing Giraffes: Lessons Learned on the Road to a Prosperous Life.

The Dangers of Travel Haiku

posted Mar 30, 2018, 6:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 10:31 PM ]

A long new addition to the Essays page is “Fuji Over the Clouds: The Dangers of Travel Haiku,” an in-depth exploration of dozens of haiku I wrote on my first trip to Japan nearly twenty years ago. I draw the distinction between impressions and insights, yet recognize the value of even the weakest travel haiku as ways to remember one’s travels. This essay appeared in Under the Bashō in March of 2018. Please take a look.

Two Haibun and a Video

posted Mar 19, 2018, 11:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 11:51 PM ]

I recently had two haibun published in Contemporary Haibun Online. You can now read “Alone” and “Up to Sixth” on the Haibun page. Meanwhile, over on “Courting the Eyeball Kick,” my afterword to Seven Suns / Seven Moons, I’ve just added a video of me and Tanya McDonald reading from our book at the September 2017 Haiku North America conference.

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