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On Robert Spiess, the Haiku Gatekeeper

posted Jul 10, 2020, 12:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 10, 2020, 1:08 PM ]

New to the Interviews page is “The Haiku Gatekeeper: An Interview with Robert Spiess,” also available through the Essays page. Spiess edited the English language’s flagship haiku journal, Modern Haiku, for nearly a quarter century, and died in early 2002. I had been conducting this interview with him over many years, via postal mail, starting in the mid 1990s. For nearly two decades I linked to this interview on the Modern Haiku page, where it was originally published in July 2002, but have just added it to my own site, and also include photographs and a link to an earlier and longer draft of my introduction. On her Baymoon website, Joan Zimmerman referred to this interview as “a remarkable essay of living history.” If you haven’t already read this interview, and my appreciative introduction, please do.

More July Additions

posted Jul 6, 2020, 9:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 6, 2020, 9:24 PM ]

Time for a few new additions to Graceguts. On the “neon buddha photo-haiga” page I’ve added six new photo-haiga at the end, all published in Hedgerow back in 2017. On the Poems by Others page, look for “That Little Beast” by Mary Oliver, a lovely poem about poetry itself. On the “Meteor Shower” page. available through Commentary, I’ve added a short comment on my poem by Matt Kelly. And I’ve somewhat restructured the Essays page, adding new subheadings for “Déjà-ku Essays,” “E. E. Cummings,” “Studying Senryu,” and “Japanese Haiku.” Check them out!

Spanish Translations and a Haiku Song

posted Jul 2, 2020, 4:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 3, 2020, 5:29 PM ]

New on the Interviews page is “Featured Poet: Michael Dylan Welch,” published in September of 2018 (also available through the Translations page). The article appeared in the Spanish haiku journal Hojas en la acera: Gaceta trimestral de haiku / Leaves on the Sidewalk: Quarterly Haiku Gazette (HELA), written and translated by Leticia Sicilia Saavedra. The text includes biographical background (in Spanish only), and fourteen haiku (in English and Spanish). And for a bit of amusement, sing along to “Haikuna Matata” in the parodies section of the Poems About Haiku page. Also look for a 1932 review of Harold G. Henderson’s The Bamboo Broom book at the end of my “Unfolding Destiny: Harold G. Henderson’s The Bamboo Broom essay.

I Hear Reports

posted Jun 27, 2020, 3:59 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 27, 2020, 4:00 PM ]

The Reports page now provides my selections and commentary for the 2019 Haiku Poets of Northern California Tanka Contest, which I judged. And on the NeverEnding Story page, look for a new haiku addition with Chinese translations.

A Story, Essay, and Poem

posted Jun 21, 2020, 1:18 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 24, 2020, 3:59 PM ]

I’ve added two old pieces of writing to Graceguts. One, from 1981, is “A Paid-In-Full Visit to the Offices of Mandolin, Fuzzbucket, and Word Association Limited,” just added to the Stories page. The other is “Alice’s Chain of Thought,” 1985 college essay with a creative twist just added to the Essays page (about Alice in Wonderland). And in the Bashō section of the Poems About Haiku page, there’s a new poem by Robert Aitken. But wait, I’ve also added what I hope will be a helpful new subpage to the Books page, featuring a Sortable Book List, where you can sort all 75+ listings of my books by year, category, title, and other headings. Have a look!

Star Wheel Microchapbook

posted Jun 19, 2020, 8:21 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 20, 2020, 10:47 PM ]

Just published by Origami Poems Project is a microchapbook of mine titled Star Wheel. It collects twenty-eight haiku inspired by the names of crochet patterns. I've just added this to my Books page, and when you click the link there you can print out a copy—and learn how to fold and cut the paper to make the microbook yourself. See additional crochet haiku at “Crocheting.”

Intro, Translations, Rengay, and Commentary

posted Jun 17, 2020, 9:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 17, 2020, 9:28 PM ]

Lots of new additions to look for! On the Introductions page, look for “Wherever They Will,” the sendoff to my new Eyeball Kick ebook. On the NeverEnding Story page, look for the “warm summer night” tanka and translations into traditional and simplified Chinese by Chen-ou Liu. On the Rengay page, look for “Broken,” written with Randy Brooks and Brett Bodemer. And on the Commentary page, look for “Haiku Classic,” with generous commentary on a haiku of mine by Dhugal Lindsay.

Of Books and Things / Eyeball Kick

posted Jun 14, 2020, 5:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 17, 2020, 9:24 PM ]

I’ve just overhauled my Books page to use a table format, with book images consistently on the left side. I also added several new book cover images, standardized listings, and added new links. Oh, and a brand-new ebook is now listed at the top: Eyeball Kick, a collection of “hydrogen jukebox” poems written in 2009 but just published in 2020 as a free online book. Please put those eyes to good use!

Zanzotto on Haiku

posted Jun 11, 2020, 11:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 11:42 AM ]

Andrea Zanzotto was one of the most prominent Italian poets of the twentieth century. New to the Poems About Haiku page are three pieces he wrote about haiku in his Haiku for a Season book. Also check out the new postscript to “Fresh Seeing on the International Appalachian Trail.” As always, I have miscellaneous updates on various other pages (such as “First Snow on Daffodils: Writing Reality”), including new events on the Appearances page.

Signature and PowerPoint Haiku

posted Jun 7, 2020, 6:18 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 7, 2020, 11:18 PM ]

A small new addition to the Essays page, also available on the Commentary page, is “Home for Christmas.” This commentary appeared in Robert Epstein’s The Signature Haiku Anthology (West Union, West Virginia: Middle Island Press, 2020). As a companion to this, I’ve added Emiko Miyashita’s “Home for Christmas: Appreciation of English Haiku,” which had been on the Haiku International Association website since 2005, but some time ago the link had been moved. In addition, on the Poetry Readings page (available through Workshops), I’ve added an extensive list of PowerPoint presentations featuring haiku and tanka sequences and collections that I have available for sharing at public readings.

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