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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Haiku Stances

posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 7:13 PM ]

I recently published a new essay in Modern Haiku that I’m happy to share on my Essays page. “Haiku Stances” covers a variety of motivations for writing haiku, which are worthwhile to understand in responding to each haiku we read. The primary motivations, I think, are recreational, developmental, meditational, diaristic, and literary. Knowing these stances (and there may well be more) can help us understand where another poet is coming from. Your thoughts? Have a look at the essay, and try the writing exercises at the end.

Snow Bones About It

posted Jun 18, 2017, 4:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 4:05 PM ]

New to the Reviews page is my assessment of Masaya Saito’s marvelous haiku book, Snow Bones. This review appeared in the summer 2017 issue of Modern Haiku.

A New Old Poem

posted Jun 15, 2017, 10:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 10:19 PM ]

An old poem of mine, originally written in 2006 for Francine Porad, was just published this month in Clover: A Literary Rag, out of Bellingham, Washington. You can read “Grief’s Kitchen” through the Poems page.

Rengay Restructured

posted Jun 11, 2017, 7:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 11, 2017, 7:08 PM ]

I’ve done some restructuring of the Rengay page, arranging all the essays under the headings of “Learning Rengay,” “Studying Rengay,” “Publishing Rengay,” and “Essays on Rengay by Others.” I hope this makes all the content about rengay more accessible, but dont forget to scroll down below the essays to read rengay examples by one, two, three, and six poets. Also new to the page is “New England,” a rengay I wrote with Garry Gay, mostly in Vermont, in 2015, just published in Blithe Spirit.

All About Rengay—for Editors

posted Jun 9, 2017, 11:58 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

A new addition to the Essays and Rengay pages is “Seven Fundamentals: A Guide to Rengay for Editors,” a summation of rengay techniques and necessities written specifically for journal editors who may not have experience with this linked collaborative poetry form. This essay is previously unpublished.

How to Respond to a Haiku

posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 8:49 PM ]

New on the Poems About Haiku page (and on my Poems page) is “How to Respond to a Haiku,” recently published in The Aurorean. If you’re a haiku poet, maybe you can relate.

Bread Cast on the Waters

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:37 PM ]

At the annual meeting the Pacific Northwest region of the Haiku Society of America on 3 June 2017 in Seattle, Washington, I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Evans, a haiku poet from Stanwood, Washington. Among the many essays or handouts he had accumulated in his recent study of haiku, mostly printed from the Internet, one was “On Writing Haiku,” an old handout of mine from the 1993 Haiku North America conference in California. I had completely forgotten about it, and no longer had a copy on my computer (no doubt a victim of a hard drive crash I had around 1996 or so). Gary very kindly scanned the handout and emailed it to me. I’m now pleased to present “On Writing Haiku” on the Essays page, complete with a new postscript that expands on its fifty-four “comments, rules, and suggestions” for writing haiku in English. I’ve also linked to this content from the Not Previously Published page and from the Postscripts page. Nice to revisit this old collection of thoughts on haiku, which I think many readers will still find helpful.

Up Your High Score with a Torpedo

posted May 23, 2017, 7:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 23, 2017, 9:26 PM ]

New on the Collaborations and Rengay pages are “Up,” a kasen renku, plus “High Score” and “Torpedo,” both rengay. I wrote these three collaborations with Tanya McDonald, and they first appeared in our 2016 book Seven Suns / Seven Moons from NeoPoiesis Press. Please have a look.

ukiaHaiku Contest Results

posted May 16, 2017, 1:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 16, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

In April of 2017 I judged the international division of the 2017 ukiaHaiku contest. Results were announced and celebrated at the ukiaHaiku festival event on 30 April 2017 in Ukiah, California. You can now read my selections and commentary at “2017 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners,” just added to the Reports page. And for a bonus, check out the new poem added to the Tinywords page, available through Haiku and Senryu.

Still Reviewing the Situation

posted May 12, 2017, 6:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 10:59 PM ]

More of my haiku book reviews have recently appeared in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. The following fourteen commentaries are now available through my Reviews page, and two of them include links to longer, more detailed versions (not previously published).

Haiku Anthologies
Beginning: British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2016, edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson
Impressions of Morning: Haiku by World Children, edited by the JAL Foundation

Individual Haiku Collections
Chrysanthemum Dusk by Susan B. Auld
Winnows by Maxianne Berger
Getting On by Ernest J. Berry
Haiku, Green Tea & Sushi by Ernest J. Berry [see also longer version]
Small Things Make Me Laugh by Yu Chang
The Fingertips of a Glassblower by Bill Cooper
What Light There Is by Sylvia Forges-Ryan
Horizon by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Haiku Criticism
African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, edited by John Zheng [see also longer version]
Discovering Fire by David Grayson
JuxtaOne and JuxtaTwo, edited by Peter McDonald

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