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A Taste of Translation

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

A translation theme runs through most of these recent additions to Graceguts. New to the Translations page is the “2020 Traffic Culture Exhibition Winning Haiku,” which follows up on 2018 and 2019 translations I did with Emiko Miyashita for this annual Japan Rail exhibition at Ueno Station in Tokyo of train-related haiku and photography. I’ve also updated the 2018 and 2019 pages with new photos. Speaking of Japan, on the Reports page I’ve just posted results for the “2020 Morioka International Haiku Contest,” with Japanese translations by my cojudge, Toru Kiuchi. I look forward to cojudging this contest for a third time in the fall of 2021. On the Rengay page, take a look at “Vibrating Strings,” written with Eduard Ţară, who also provided a Romanian translation for publication in 2018 in the Romanian journal Haiku. And on the Haibun page, check out “Morning,” recently published in Drifting Sands Haibun. For a bit of trivia, this is blog post #700!

Yet Another Miscellany

posted Jul 22, 2021, 5:14 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 22, 2021, 5:14 PM ]

A recent tanka sequence, just added to the Sequences and Tanka pages, is “With a Start,” just published in Ribbons. Also recently from Ribbons, the “Tanka Anthologies” section of the Reviews page now sports my “All About Love” tanka book review. On the Tanka page, I’ve added stars to indicate highlighted selections to start with, and I’ve rearranged the Sequences page into “Haiku” and “Tanka” sections. The Reports page now presents contests I’ve judged with the most recent at the top. New to the “Prose Poems” section of the Poems page is “Crisis,” microfiction recently published in Right Hand Pointing. On the Historical Haibun page, I’ve added my comments on “Fair Use in Historical Haibun.” As a link on the Books page, I’ve added Kristen Lindquist’s pleasing review of Seabeck Reunion. And in the “Poems from Anthologies” section on the Haiku and Senryu page, look for a new listing for the Naad Anunaad anthology, which features five of my haiku.

Fourteen New Additions

posted Jul 7, 2021, 11:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 8, 2021, 8:39 PM ]

Haven’t been adding much to Graceguts lately, but here’s a whole bunch now, as follows:

A Buzz of Additions

posted Jun 17, 2021, 11:34 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 17, 2021, 11:35 PM ]

On the Rengay page, look for “Spreading Shade,” written with Richard and Kathleen Tice. This rengay just appeared in Fireflies’ Light, as did my review of Buzz by David Jacobs, just added to the Reviews page. A new addition to the Commentary page is my fourth “Haiku Classic” selection by Dhugal Lindsay on the Mainichi website in Japan. On “My Poems in Haiku Society of America Anthologies,” available through Haiku and Senryu, look for the belated addition of my 2020 poem, with 2021 to come soon. And on the Poems About Haiku page, check out Franz Wright’s “Haiku Written on the Verge of Death,” inspired by Issa. More updates, too, on the Appearances page.

Heron’s Nest Poems, and More

posted May 26, 2021, 11:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 27, 2021, 12:10 AM ]

A major new addition to the Haiku and Senryu page is “My Poems in The Heron’s Nest.” This new page collects all my poems (50+) published in The Heron’s Nest since 1999, and I’ll continue to add to it as new poems appear. On the Digressions page, check out “Words in Bloom,” featuring a haiku of mine (with photos) exhibited at the Chicago Botanic Garden in the spring of 2021. On the Poems page, look for “Your Second Heart,” originally published in Solitary Plover. And on the Interviews page, the newest addition is a link to an interview from May 2021 featuring my answers and poems on the “Haiku Poet Podcast hosted by Josh Cleveland (and his children). As usual, a few updates to the Appearances page too!

A Few Updates

posted May 14, 2021, 10:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 14, 2021, 10:57 PM ]

New on the Poems About Haiku page is “Rentrement of Compulsion” by L. W. Lindquist, a rondeau that mentions haiku. In the Geppo section of the Commentary page, look for “Ice Storm,” with observations about one of my haiku by Emiko Miyashita, H. Philip Hsieh, and Patricia J. Machmiller. On the list of Poetry Readings I can give, available through the Workshops page, I’ve added several new readings that I’ve prepared with PowerPoint animations (an inspiring pandemic project). At the end of “On a First-Name Basis: Deepening Haiku with its ‘Fourth Line,’” available through the Essays page, look for a short new postscript. And check out the extensive updates to the Poets in the Park page for 2021 (more refinements still to come for this year’s festival), where I’ve also archived pages for 2019 and 2020.

Yet More Rengay

posted Apr 28, 2021, 10:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 28, 2021, 10:55 PM ]

Three new additions to the Rengay Essays page, all from 2006, are “Rengay: A Journey into Symbiotic Poetry” and “From Scifaiku to Rengay,” both by Deborah P Kolodji, and “The Rengay / Das Rengay” by Gerd Börner, first published in German but now available in English. In addition, essays by others on the Rengay Essays page are now arranged chronologically. You can also check out “City of Vapors,” written about Hot Springs, Arkansas by six well-fed poets, and “Cobbler,” a two-person rengay about berries, both recently added to the Rengay page. Dig in!

Poetry and Commentary

posted Apr 22, 2021, 1:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 28, 2021, 11:21 PM ]

New to the Poems by Others page is Don Colburn’s “In the Workshop After I Read My Poem Aloud,” perfect for everyone who’s been in a poetry critique group. On the Poems About Haiku page, look for Richard Aldington’s untitled poem about hokku from at least seventy years ago. On the “Haiku . . . Under the Bedsheets: Juxtaposition and Seasonal Reference” essay, available through the Essays page, look for a new postscript about haiku being like a spark plug. And on the Videos page, check out the new link to my latest “How to Haiku” workshop for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, recorded on April 17, 2021, also known as International Haiku Poetry Day.

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.

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