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Portuguese Translations and a Haibun

posted Sep 23, 2020, 5:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

Four of my poems were recently translated into Portuguese and published in Afagando a Face de Lorca [Stroking Lorca’s Face], an anthology edited and translated by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho, published in 2020. These are the four poems, where you can also read the translations, where you can also read the translations: “A bird,” “Iraqi Boys,” “at a station,” and “Message in a Bottle.” And new to the Haibun page is “Kite,” originally written in 2003 but just published in 2020 in Scott Mason’s Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron. My gratitude to both editors.

Out and About

posted Sep 21, 2020, 6:52 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 21, 2020, 6:57 PM ]

Look for a few smaller adjustments and additions to Graceguts this week. I’ve added a new postscript to “The Seed of Wonder: An Antidote to Haiku Inflation” on the Essays page, added the 2018 Japan Fair video (in which I make a short cameo) to “Haiku Invitational” on the Digressions page, and added a 2020 event photo to my poem “How to Respond to a Haiku” on the Haiku and Senryu page. On “Camp Glenwood Comments and Poems” look for the new section of “More Poems,” resulting from a haiku class I taught at this California juvenile detention center. And check out the new “Magazine Cover” page I’ve created on the Digressions page, where a photo of me appears on the cover of a poetry journal—sort of.

A Flurry of Additions

posted Sep 13, 2020, 11:09 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 13, 2020, 11:55 PM ]

New to the Essays page is “The Anthologist and Bogus Haiku” (plus a new postscript), which recently appeared in Wales Haiku Journal—my response to the haiku content in Nicholson Baker’s poetic novel. The same journal also published a haiku sequence of mine, which you can now read as “More Northwest Plants and Flowers” on the Haiku and Senryu page. What’s more, they also published my “12 neon buddhas” photo-haiga—look for the link on the Haiga page. And new on the Haibun page is “Mercy Street” (with a new postscript), published in Akitsu Quarterly in the spring of 2020, and “January 26,” published in the August 2020 issue of Drifting Sands Haibun. And I have a new postscript, too, at the end of my “Sōseki, Not Buson: Attributing the White Chrysanthemum” essay. That should keep you busy for a while, if you’re interested.

Shikoku Pilgrimage Haiku

posted Sep 12, 2020, 10:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 12, 2020, 10:47 PM ]

I’ve had my essay “The Weather-Beaten Jizō: Shikoku Pilgrimage Haiku by Shūji Niwano” on Graceguts for almost four years now, but never blogged about it. That was because I wanted to add a selection of photos and a map to the essay before announcing it. I’ve now made those additions and I’m pleased to point your browsers to this extensive new addition on my Essays page. These poems, originally translated in 2009, constitute the jisei or death haiku of Shūji Niwano, written while completing the Shikoku pilgrimage just before his tragic death.

More Poems and a Rengay

posted Sep 4, 2020, 9:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 4, 2020, 9:26 PM ]

The world didn’t have enough poems about Japanese haiku master Chiyo-ni, so I wrote one, and recently had it published in the British Haiku Society journal Blithe Spirit. Check out “Flow,” just added to the Poems About Haiku page. Two more additions to the same page are “Bashō” and “February 3” by Campbell McGrath. And check out “Birthdays Shared,” written with Alan S. Bridges, newly added to the Rengay page.

Poems Abound

posted Aug 29, 2020, 12:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 30, 2020, 8:48 PM ]

Lots of new poems just added. On the Poems page, look for “Unbecoming,” which I recently published in Solitary Plover. On the Poems About Haiku page you’ll find three pieces by Lorine Niedecker: “Alliance” and “Bashō,” of which the second seems to be a revision of the first, and an untitled poem about Bashō. And on the Poems by Others page, look for two new favourites: “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall and “Let Evening Come” by Jane Kenyon. In addition, I’ve added “Captain Haiku’s Secret Hideout” as a top-level page, duplicating content that had previously been an old standalone website, originally created in 1997.

A Bouquet of Budbill

posted Aug 16, 2020, 6:36 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 16, 2020, 6:44 PM ]

New to the Poems About Haiku page are three poems by the late David Budbill about haiku. They are “Haiku and Tanka for Shrike,” “Making a Poem by Quoting Issa,” and an untitled poem (“Pare everything down to almost nothing”). And see also “What Issa Heard,” which I’d posted some time ago. In addition, look for thirteen more Budbill poems about haiku in “After the Haiku of Yosa Buson,” selections from his book of the same name. Budbill abounds!

Migrating Tundra

posted Aug 15, 2020, 11:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 15, 2020, 11:31 PM ]

Changes are afoot with Google Sites, necessitating a hefty migration and redesign. In anticipation of that, I’m starting to move some of my other sites, and will soon have to move Graceguts (no small undertaking). In one case, for my old poetry journal, Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem, I’ve decided to move all its content from a standalone website here to Graceguts. Check out the new top-level page for Tundra, plus numerous subpages. In addition, I’ve added “Drinking Wine” by Tao Yuanming to the Poems About Haiku page and my most recent Tanka Society of America “President’s Message” from Ribbons 16:2, Spring/Summer 2020, to the Reports page.

Haibun, Nowhere Poems, and a Short Movie

posted Aug 8, 2020, 1:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 8, 2020, 2:43 PM ]

On the Haibun page, I’ve just added “35 Courtlands Drive, Watford,” recently published in Contemporary Haibun Online. After my essay “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer,” on the Essays page, look for nine new poems at the end, under the heading of “A Few More Nowhere Poems.” And on the Digressions page, check out “Street-Guided Meditation,” a short film by Noam Oren from 2016 that features one of my haiku.

A New Pair of Rengay

posted Aug 4, 2020, 6:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 6:28 PM ]

Just added to the Rengay page are “Viewing Line” and “Rounding the Pole,” written with Alan S. Bridges and Yvonne Cabalona, respectively. These collaborations were recently published in Hedgerow and Presence. Enjoy!

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