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Two Poems, a Postscript, a Video, and an Introduction

posted Feb 19, 2021, 9:01 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 22, 2021, 12:22 PM ]

New on the Poems by Others page is Tennyson’s “Ring Out, Wild Bells,” written in 1850 but remarkably apropos to Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021 (with one little editorial revision). On the Essays page, at “Arriving Geese: Learning from Shugyō Takaha,” I’ve added a second new postscript. On the Poems About Haiku page, look for “Stopping by Wakan’s on a Sunny Day” by Winona Baker, a wonderful tribute, after Robert Frost, to the Gabriola haiku weekends I used to attend. On the Introductions page you can now find “An Urge to Sing,” my introduction to Margaret Chula’s new tanka collection, Perigee Moon. There’s also a new video recording of my Ghost Town Poetry Night Zoom reading from 11 February 2021, just added to the Videos page. And several additions to my Appearances page too.

Don’t Miss These

posted Feb 10, 2021, 11:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 11, 2021, 11:51 PM ]

A few smaller additions to Graceguts this time. On the Poems page, look for my previously unpublished anagrammatical wordplay in “Cuter Gags.” On the Essays page, I’ve added numerous revisions and updates to the “Haiku and the Japanese Garden” essay, where you’ll also find a pleasing new video about Japanese gardens. On the Interviews page, look for the addition of my 1 February 2021 KJZZ radio podcast interview, appearing with Natalie Goldberg, conducted by Tom Maxedon. On the Books page, I’ve added the compact disc cover image of A Collection of Rare Songs by Itchu, for which I did much translation work, with Emiko Miyashita. And finally, on the Famous People I’ve Met page, I’ve added Hal Holbrook, the Mark Twain actor who recently died, who I met back in college.

New Year, New Additions

posted Jan 29, 2021, 10:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 7, 2021, 1:20 PM ]

Well, the first month of 2021 has been tumultuous, for better or verse. And I’ve made a slew of January 2021 site additions here on Graceguts, for better and verse:

One Afterword, Two Introductions, and Three Poems

posted Dec 31, 2020, 2:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 1, 2021, 1:16 AM ]

To end the year on what I hope is a high note I’m pleased to announce a varied selection of additions to Graceguts. Most significant are two introductions and an afterword, on the Introductions page. From Seabeck Reunion, the tenth anniversary Seabeck Haiku Getaway anthology, comes my “Joining the Reunion” introduction and “Ten Years of Seabeck Haiku Getaways” afterword, the latter an extensive historical description of each of the first ten retreats. And from Dance into the World, the twentieth anniversary anthology for the Tanka Society of America, comes my introduction, “Our Tanka Dance.” On the Poems page, look for a new untitled poem (which has only five letters) and “The Mouse’s Tale,” a poem from 1992 that featured in my political parody of Alice in Wonderland, a book titled A Vote for Alice. This shaped poem also comes with a new postscript that supplies an anecdote about the challenge of typesetting this poem, and how I shared that challenge with Lewis Carroll at least 127 years later. Meanwhile, on the Poems About Haiku page, look for “With Bashō on the Front Porch” by Mark Young. I hope these and other website additions will bring you at least some of the pleasure they have brought me, and I wish all readers best wishes for the new year.

Yeats, an Introduction, and Press Here

posted Dec 27, 2020, 1:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 27, 2020, 1:53 PM ]

Three new additions to Graceguts. The first is “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats, newly added to the Poems by Others page (our family home in Watford, England, was called Innisfree). The second is “Living Among Lions,” my introduction to Lysa Collins’ A Breath of Africa haiku collection, just added to the Introductions page. The third is that I’ve added years of publication to the Press Here Catalog page, available through Press Here, along with a few other updates.

Commentary on Haiku and a Trifold

posted Dec 22, 2020, 10:11 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 22, 2020, 10:11 PM ]

New to the Commentary page are two new observations on my haiku. First, Dhugal Linday comments on my “end of the year” poem in his Haiku Classic column on the Mainichi website in Japan. Second, Nicholas Klacsanzky comments on my “scattered petals” poem in his Haiku Commentary column. I’ve also added my most recent trifold, “Knight Moves,” to the Trifolds and Trifold Downloads pages. And for a little extra, on the Digressions page, look for a second video on the Thomas on Violin page, in which my son contributed violin to a choir recording of Cyndi Lauper’s song “True Colors.”

A Bevy of Additions

posted Dec 11, 2020, 2:31 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 11, 2020, 11:20 PM ]

A new bevy of additions for you. On the Essays page, look for “In the Eye of the Beholder: Haiku Interpretation,” just published in Blithe Spirit. New to the Collaborations page is “Lilt of the Skylark,” a kasen renku I contributed to during the August 2019 Haiku North America conference. On the Sortable Book List page, which lists many of my books, I’ve added data for a new Publisher column. And on the Memorial Haiku page, I’ve added a new poem from the late Carol Purington, and have also added a memorial haibun for her on the Haibun page, “Carol Purington’s Quiet Optimism.”

Two Rengay and a Rengay Essay

posted Dec 6, 2020, 6:08 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 6, 2020, 6:09 PM ]

New on the Rengay page are “Tango” from the 2017 Seabeck Haiku Getaway anthology (Seabeck Reunion) and “Forgotten” from 2018 anthology (Sound of a Leaf). On the Rengay Essays page, also look for “Rengay,” a short overview of the form by Garry Gay, also from the 2018 anthology. On the Memorial Haiku page I’ve added a new poem for Winona Baker. And on the Books page, I’ve listed two new anthologies I’ve edited: Seabeck Reunion and the 2020 Tanka Society of America members’ anthology, Dance into the World (look for Amazon links for both books, too). These two books are also listed on the Sortable Book List page. A few more additions to my Appearances page too.

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.

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