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Writing Reality

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

I haven’t added a significant new piece to the Essays page in quite a few months. But now I have. Please read “First Snow on Daffodils: Writing Reality,” recently published in Nesting Dolls, the 2018 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society membership anthology. This essay explores seasonal reference in a particular Bashō poem, and how the poem appears to have two conflicting season words but actually doesn’t. This posting also includes a new postscript. Please have a look.

Poems from Anthologies

posted Dec 13, 2018, 4:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 13, 2018, 4:49 PM ]

Okay, so this isn’t new so much as it’s a new arrangement. On the Haiku and Senryu page, I’ve added a new section called “Poems from Anthologies,” moving all such accumulations there, out of the longer list of poems below it. This rearrangement makes me realize that I’ve had poems in many other anthologies that aren’t included here, so I have some work to do.

More Moon Viewing Haiku

posted Dec 7, 2018, 11:16 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

For many years now I’ve judged a haiku contest in celebration of the moon at the Seattle Japanese Garden for its annual Moon Viewing Festival. New to the Reports page is “2018 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest,” featuring results from the most recent contest, which I judged with Tanya McDonald.

My Poems from Jumble Box

posted Dec 6, 2018, 3:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 3:49 PM ]

In 2017 my press published Jumble Box: Haiku and Senryu from National Haiku Writing Month, featuring 328 haiku and senryu by 100 contributors from around the world, with artwork by Ron C. Moss. I also contributed fourteen poems, which I’ve now added to the new “From Jumble Box page, accessible through Haiku and Senryu. Here’s a sample poem, fitting for this time of year:

lakeshore bonfire—
the youth choir amplified
from the Christmas ship

Selected Poems from Jumble Box

posted Dec 4, 2018, 10:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 10:46 PM ]

Newly added to the Haiku and Senryu page is Jumble Box Poem Selections,” featuring 28 of the 324 poems (by 100 poets) in the 2017 National Haiku Writing Month anthology I edited. You can order the book on Amazon (how’s that for a Christmas gift idea, for yourself or a poetry reader you know?). Thanks to all the contributors who made this book happen last year by participating in NaHaiWriMo.

Inaugural August Postcard Poetry Fest

posted Nov 27, 2018, 7:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 9:52 AM ]

A new website addition, available through the Haiku and Senryu, Tanka, and Poems pages, is “August Postcard Poetry Fest.” I participated in the very first fest, in August of 2007, and here I present all thirty of the haiku, tanka, and longer poems (and a few anagrams) I sent out that month, including the names of each recipient.

Another Miscellany

posted Nov 26, 2018, 2:16 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 2:36 PM ]

Well how about this? Lots of new additions here and there to this website, as follows:

Two More New Trifolds

posted Nov 23, 2018, 10:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 23, 2018, 10:54 PM ]

Two new additions to the Trifolds page are “The Firefly’s Glow,” which presents a set of my recent haiku and senryu focusing on the sense of sight, and “Lull in the Wind,” which features my poems from 25 years of Haiku Society of America membership anthologies. Click to view or download either of these new trifolds, or many older ones too.

A Pair of Rengay

posted Nov 12, 2018, 2:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 2, 2018, 2:37 PM ]

Freshly added to the Rengay page are two collaborations recently published in Prune Juice. I wrote “Futbol” with Joshua Beach in 2010 at a Seattle Sounders soccer game in Seattle, and I wrote “Pins and Needles” with Christine Nelson in 2009 at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia. And new to the NeverEnding Story page, available through both the Haiku and Senryu and the Tanka pages, is Chen-ou Liu’s translation into traditional and simplified Chinese of one of my tanka, “a wisp of snow.” See where the cat settled!

Pining for Some Baseball?

posted Nov 11, 2018, 3:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 11, 2018, 3:12 PM ]

Just in case you’re pining for some baseball, take a look at “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a set of four haiku I’ve just added to the Sequences page. And for good measure, look for a new clerihew for Michael Ketcheck (recently published in Prune Juiceat “Clerihews for Haiku Editors—And Then Some,” available through the Poems page. But hey, don stop there. Also check out a few additions to my Appearances page, and a spiffy new expansion pack just added to my free Poetry Kit, available through the Digressions page.

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