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Rengay Roundup

posted Apr 15, 2021, 6:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 15, 2021, 6:42 PM ]

Four new additions to the Rengay Essays page begin with Garry Gay’s essay titled “Rengay” from In Good Company, and his shorter essay by the same “Rengay” name from Lighting the Global Lantern. I’ve also added Margaret Chula’s 2000 review of the seminal 1997 Beyond/Within rengay anthology, and the Dutch and English “Rengay Afterword” by Marleen Hulst and Bouwe Brouwer from their 2012 rengay collection, Onderstroom / Undercurrent. I continue to seek all prose about rengay that I can find, so please tell me if you know of anything I’m missing.

If Everything Happens that Can’t Be Done

posted Apr 4, 2021, 5:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 4, 2021, 11:30 PM ]

Lots of everything on Graceguts! New to the Interviews page is “5-7-5 in the 505: Haiku North America in Santa Fe” about the 2017 HNA conference. On the NeverEnding Story page, available through Haiku and Senryu, are two poems of mine, with new Chinese translations. On the Digressions page, look for a new page describing Artists Personal Exchange (Apex), an art salon I’ve been participating in monthly for the last few years, complete with a video I appear in, plus a few photos. Also on the Digressions page, in Ekphrastic Assimilations, look for a link to view or download two ekphrastic writing exercise sheetsNew to the Commentary page, too, is a link to Nicholas Klacsanzky’s generous appreciation for Graceguts, “The Website that has Influenced My Writing the Most.” On the Poems About Haiku page, I’ve added two new pieces by J. I. Kleinberg, “the meaning of a sign” and “to paint the written.” On the “Fuji Over the Clouds: The Dangers of Travel Haiku” essay, available through the Essays page, I’ve added a photo of Japanese calligraphy by my wife’s uncle. And at the bottom of the Appearances page (which has a few new events), as a sign of these pandemic times, I’ve added a Zoom event photo.

Contest Commentary and Three Poems

posted Mar 28, 2021, 4:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 28, 2021, 4:23 PM ]

New to the Reports page are my selections and commentary for the 2020 Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest. In addition, I’ve posted three poems. First is a “Zen meditation” poem on the Poems page (also linked to from Nothing). Second, on the Translations page, is a link to a Croatian version of one of my haiku. And third, in the “For Fun” section of Poems About Haiku is Tapan Avasthi’s untitled ode to haiku addiction. As a bonus on the Nothing page, I’ve also added a link to my rengay with Naomi Beth Wakan, “In Praise of Idleness.”

Last Train Home

posted Mar 23, 2021, 12:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 23, 2021, 4:43 PM ]

I’m pleased to have a rengay and a selection of individual train haiku in the tremendous new anthology, Last Train Home, edited by Jacqueline Pearce. New to the “Poems in Anthologies” section of the Haiku and Senryu page is “From Last Train Home with all my contributions. On the Sequences page, also look for two new additions, both from Modern Haiku: “Seven Flowers of Autumn” and “Four Directions,” the latter with some creative typography.

Haiku Hodgepodge

posted Mar 17, 2021, 9:41 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 17, 2021, 9:41 AM ]

I recently had another book review published in Kyoto Journal, “Kyoto’s Spirit of Place, Revealed.” You can now find it on the Reviews page, together with my review of Margaret Chula’s haiku book, One Leaf Detaches, published in 2020 in Modern Haiku. Also look for two new additions to the Haibun page: “Taking Flight” from Shamrock and “Painting” from Stories Under Every Rock, published by the British Haiku Society. In addition, look for an untitled poem (“sundate”) on the Poems page, from the final issue of Bones magazine, and my “Haiku Poet Interview” conducted by Jacob Salzer, linked to on the Interviews page.

Add-Ons Galore

posted Mar 7, 2021, 2:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 7, 2021, 2:54 PM ]

Time for some new add-ons to Graceguts. The largest addition, on the Essays page, is “Lorine Niedecker’s Haiku Library,” just published in Solitary Plover, along with my poem “Nigeria,” just added to the Poems page. On the Poems by Others page, look for Francesca Bell’s charming poem, “I Long to Hold the Poetry Editor’s Penis in My Hand,” complete with a video performance (rated G for Great). On the Poems About Haiku page you’ll find “The Noetic Frog” by the enigmatic poet known as Noetica. And on the Rengay page, look for the longest word on all of Graceguts, in “Ain’t Got No Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia,” written with Alan S. Bridges. Also, I’ve got a new haiku added to the end of the Parodies, Homages, Allusions page, and more event updates on the Appearances page.

Six Poems About Haiku and Other Distractions

posted Feb 25, 2021, 5:46 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 26, 2021, 9:20 AM ]

New to the Poems About Haiku page, which I love to expand, are the following six additions: David Lehman’s “Homage to Bashō” and “Poem in the Manner of Bashō,” Ron Padgett’s “Advertising translation,” Alfred H. Marks’ “Bashō,” Julie Bloss Kelsey’s untitled poem, and my own “Too in Love with 5-7-5” (with bonus meme). Three other additions are “NaHaiWriMo: Overview and Interview” (dating from 2011) on the Interviews page, my trio of Thoreau haiku, “For Henry,” on the Sequences page, and the “Natalie Goldberg Variations” postscript on the “14 or 15 Combs” piece on the Commentary page. Lots to read!

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:

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