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Two Haibun and More

posted Dec 2, 2020, 7:01 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 2, 2020, 7:01 PM ]

Two new additions to the Haibun page are “My Favourite Movie” and “Wake-Up Call” (the latter with tanka), both recently published in Contemporary Haibun Online. Meanwhile, on the Books page, I’ve added cover images for my books Lighting a Candle, Seeing Stars, and Dandelion Wind. And don’t blink, or you’ll miss it: I’ve added Aykyak and Niksen to Nothing.

Videos, Reviews, and Reports

posted Nov 30, 2020, 11:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 30, 2020, 11:33 PM ]

There’s a new left-nav item in town. It’s a sparkly new Videos page, featuring various YouTube videos in which I’m reading poems, leading workshops, or emceeing readings. Check it out! And also explore a new addition to the Reviews page, “Takuboku and Bokusui,” recently published in Ribbons. And, from the same publication, my Tanka Society of America “President’s Message,” available through the Reports page. I’ve also added a new message of support at the end of the Your Thoughts page.

Learning From

posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:15 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 22, 2020, 11:18 PM ]

Recent additions to Graceguts include an essay, a sequence, a rengay, and some miscellaneous revisions. On the Essays page, look for “Ringing the Bell: Learning Haiku from Mary Ruefle,” the fourteenth in my unfolding series of “Learning From” essays, this one equating haiku to the sound of a bell. Inspired by this essay, I also collected various bell-themed haiku together in “Clear as a Bell,” added to the Haiku and Senryu page. And on the Rengay page, please find “Rooftops,” a Scandinavian-themed rengay written with Alan S. Bridges. I’ve also updated the introduction for “The ISN’Ts of Haiku: Learning from Lorraine Ellis Harr,” and have added two photos that show the first publication of Harr’s guidelines in 1972. The Appearances page is also updated, and I’ve added and revised a few links on the Nothing page and on the “Haiku Missionary” essay about Alan Watts. Lots to learn from here!

Change Is Afoot

posted Nov 8, 2020, 10:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 10, 2020, 5:23 PM ]

In this week of political change, I offer some not-so-political changes for Graceguts. On my “How to Respond to a Haiku” poem, available through the Poems and Poems About Haiku pages, I’ve added photos of the Ars Poetica at BARN catalog from a recent gallery exhibit at which this poem was featured with a fiber art interpretation, and have also added artist statements that were shared at the exhibit opening. On the Rengay page, look for “Come One, Come All,” written with Margaret Rutley and Sidney Bending (we’ve been having fun with several rengay lately—and this one is about the circus). On the Haiga page, look for “First Snow,” with a dozen photo-haiga made for a set of poems from a trifold by the same title (with Japanese translations). And on the Commentary page, please find “Magnetic Paper Clips,” a short and sweet assessment of one of my tanka from a contest. Here’s to these and other changes!

Vitreous Humor

posted Oct 28, 2020, 1:09 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 28, 2020, 1:09 PM ]

Newly added to my Books listings is Vitreous Humor, my third new ebook of “hydrogen jukebox” poems, just published in PDF form by Bones. You can also read the introduction, “Who Knows?”

hydrogen jukebox
for all the words
in China

Escapism, and So On

posted Oct 23, 2020, 4:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 24, 2020, 10:51 PM ]

I’ve had the privilege of presenting my “Going Nowhere” essay as a PowerPoint show to many haiku group meetings and conferences around the world this year (via Zoom, that is). At the recent Japan Writers Conference, a stimulating discussion emerged regarding the notion of escapism and the haiku poet’s possible responsibility towards social activism in haiku. New to “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer,” available through the Essays page, is a substantial new postscript that seeks to address these issues. Elsewhere, on the Haiga page, look for “12 neon buddhas,” featuring a dozen of these poems presented with my photographs, all recently published in Wales Haiku Review. And on the Poems About Haiku page, please find two pieces by Mark Young, an untitled crossword-style poem and “Day five.”

Yon and Hither

posted Oct 17, 2020, 11:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 18, 2020, 12:49 PM ]

A few miscellaneous additions to Graceguts recently. On the Poems About Haiku page, look for an untitled poem by Tom Raworth, and an untitled poem by Thomas A. Clark, plus “Rules for Poetry” by Rick Lupert. On the Memorial Haiku page, I’ve added a poem for vincent tripi, who died in August of 2020 (I had originally written the poem for him in 1999, but it seems fitting now too). There’s a new “haiga” on the Haiga with Other Artists page, with a poem of mine from a quilt made by Linda Coe. On the Interviews page, I’ve added a link to “Meet the 2020 VCBF Haiku Invitational Winners” and a video featuring the poems by the six winning poets I interviewed. Also new on the Interviews page is a link to David Gilmour’s September/October 2020 interview with me about haiku on KTAH-FM radio in Tacoma, Washington, for his “Sound Poetry” program. Updates to the Appearances page, too, including a new photo. And lots more in the pipeline to come soon!

Hither and Yon

posted Oct 2, 2020, 10:46 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 2, 2020, 10:47 PM ]

New to the Haibun page is “A Lull in Shiki’s Winter,” the twelfth of my “Historical Haibun.” On the Haibun page, I’ve also shuffled around some of the haibun and created three new categories to house them: “Personal Stories Haibun,” “Creative Haibun,” and “Sort-of Haibun.” Also look for a new commentary by Dave Bacharach and Thelma Mariano on a tanka of mine at “Down the Distant Mountain,” available through the Essays page. In addition, I’ve added a new poem to the “NeverEnding Story” page (“crackling beach fire”), recently published with Chinese translations by Chen-ou Liu, available through the Haiku and Senryu page. And as always, a few other miscellaneous tweaks hither and yon.

Portuguese Translations and a Haibun

posted Sep 23, 2020, 5:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 26, 2020, 5:16 PM ]

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: “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.

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