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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Rengay Quest

posted Oct 18, 2017, 2:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

As part of my ongoing quest to publish more of my rengay this year (a New Year resolution—I have many dozens that remain unpublished), I’ve just had another one appear in print. This time it’s “Scented Moonlight, written with Alegria Imperial and Vicki McCullough, now available on the Rengay page. This rengay just appeared in Haiku Canada ReviewWe wrote this rengay together at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia, so our theme is understandably flowers. Ive also added a few other updates to my Appearances and Links pages.

In Bashō’s Footsteps

posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 11:16 PM ]

New to the Poems About Haiku page is “In the Footsteps of Bashō,” a tanka sequence by Beverley George, ML Grace, Michael Thorley, David Terelinck, Catherine Smith, Robert Miller, Carmel Summers, and Lynette Arden. This sequence documents a trip by twelve Australians from Edo to Yamagata, following Bashō’s trail through the north of Japan. These poems first appeared in The Tanka Journal in 2011, and were recently republished, with Japanese translations by Aya Yuhki, in Only in Silence, a book of tanka by Beverley George. Enjoy!

Defining Haibun

posted Oct 6, 2017, 4:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 4:56 PM ]

New on the Essays page, and available through the Haibun page, is “Haibun: Definitions of Light,” an overview of various historical definitions of this distinctive and chiefly autobiographical sort of prose that integrates haiku poetry. This essay was first published, in a significantly different form, as the introduction to the haibun anthology, Wedge of Light, which I published in 1999, and was recently updated and published in Contemporary Haibun Online.

There and Here

posted Sep 28, 2017, 3:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 10:32 PM ]

A few additions to this website, there and here, include updates on my Bio, Appearances, and Press Here pages, adding “Haiku and the Art of Forest Bathing” as a workshop option on my Haiku Workshops page, and an addition to the Interviews page titled “High Note,” featuring Sandra Simpson’s comments about my 2017 Lyles Award honourable mention. Plus a few other miscellaneous tweaks—there and here.

A Pattern of Plagiarism

posted Sep 7, 2017, 1:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 1:04 PM ]

New on my Deja-ku Diary blog is “A Pattern of Plagiarism,” an extensive exploration of plagiarism and sloppy or unethical choices in a particular poet’s haiku poetry. This long essay seeks to be comprehensive and fair in discussing the work in question. Feel free to add your comments on the blog.

Yes, More Poems About Haiku

posted Sep 3, 2017, 12:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

Two new additions to the Poems About Haiku page are “Three Acts in the Form of Bashō’s Famous Haiku” by Martin Ingerson, and a haibun, “How to Write Haiku,” by Kyle D. Craig. Take a peek!

Jumble Box Haiga

posted Sep 2, 2017, 9:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 9:39 PM ]

My new anthology of National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) haiku and senryu, Jumble Box, features 28 haiga by Ron Moss. I’ve just added three of these haiga at Jumble Box Haiga Selections, also available through the Press Here page at the Jumble Box listing. The book is very fortunate to have Ron’s wonderful artwork—please take a look!

Two New Books!

posted Sep 1, 2017, 12:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 1:38 PM ]

It’s always exciting to publish a new book, but how about TWO? You can read about my two latest books as featured titles on the Press Here page, complete with ordering info. They are Jumble Box: Haiku and Senryu from National Haiku Writing Month, a collection of 324 poems by 100 poets from around the world who participated in NaHaiWriMo in 2017, complete with beautiful haiga illustrations (and cover art) by Ron C. Moss. I’ve also just published Earthsigns, the 2017 Haiku North America conference anthology, coedited with Scott Wiggerman, which features poems by 183 conference attendees—by far the largest HNA anthology yet. Additional site updates include the introductions for both books, “Opening the Jumble Box” and “Your World for the Moment,” plus the afterword to Jumble Box, “Next Steps with Haiku.” The Press Here page also includes a list of Jumble Box contributors (who are entitled to a contributor discount) and Earthsigns contributors. In addition, I’ve also added Jumble Box and Earthsigns to the Books page, and to the sortable Press Here Catalog page. Lots to read, and perhaps you might order copies of the books also.

Loafing Alertly

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 3:58 PM ]

New on the Further Reading page is “Loafing Alertly: Observation and Haiku,” an excellent essay by Paul O. Williams. It first appeared in Frogpond in 1981, and my press reprinted it in Paul’s book of haiku essays, The Nick of Time, in 2001. As Lee Gurga and I wrote in the book’s introduction, in concurring with the essay, “sheer delight in new perceptions tends to create images, not haiku,” and “haiku is more often found in the familiar than in the exotic, and . . . individual moments, unless they are tied to the rhythms of nature, often fail to yield haiku.” This is a thoughtful and challenging essay well worth reading by all haiku poets, whether neophytes or well seasoned.

Three Bashō Variations

posted Aug 24, 2017, 11:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

A trio of poems just added to the Poems About Haiku page includes “A Lewis Carroll Bashō,” “Hamlet’s Bashō,” and “Elegy Written by a Country Duck Pond,” all by Steve McCaffery, from his 2007 book, The Bashō Variations. Read them at “Bashō Variations.” In other news, I’ve also updated the metadata and page descriptions for all the root pages listed in the Graceguts left-navigation list. Try to contain your excitement. Read “Bashō Variations” to celebrate.

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