This blog focuses mostly on what’s new or revised on the Graceguts site, owned and operated by Michael Dylan Welch. But it may have other occasional quiddities too. Enjoy! And if you have any comments,
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Rengay Around the Edges

posted Oct 16, 2018, 12:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

Newly added to the Rengay page is “Around the Edges,” a rengay I wrote with the late Paul O. Williams in 1996. It’s also offered as “Um die Ränder,” in a German translation by Klaus-Dieter Wirth and Beate Conrad. Both were recently published in the German haiku journal Chrysanthemum. Meanwhile, I’ve added some new events to my Appearances page, especially my participation in the 22nd annual Hot Springs Haiku Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the start of November.

2018 Spiess Contest Results

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 10:15 AM ]

New on the Reports page are the results, with my commentary, from the “2018 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition,” published earlier this year in Modern Haiku magazine. I’ve also added “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi,” a new workshop description, on the Haiku Workshops page. In addition, I’ve added poems on the Memorial Page for the late Marian Olson, who died in 2018, and also a new poem for Paul O. Williams, who died in 2009. Please explore.

Rengay Strikes Again

posted Sep 30, 2018, 9:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 30, 2018, 10:26 PM ]

Yes, rengay strikes again, this time from “Another Country,” just added to the Rengay page. Enjoy this virtual train trip I took with Jacquie Pearce, recently published in Blithe Spirit. I’ve also added my 2018 poem to “My Poems in Haiku Society of America Anthologies,” available through the Haiku and Senryu page, since the latest book was just published. A few updates to my Appearances page too!

Windshield Wipers

posted Sep 24, 2018, 12:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 12:48 PM ]

New in the “Essays and Commentary” section of the Interviews page is “Windshield Wipers,” with commentary on one of my poems from a recent issue of Geppo, published by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. And a few words of reaction, too.


posted Sep 21, 2018, 5:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 22, 2018, 1:58 PM ]

Extensive new additions to Graceguts revolve around “weathergram” poetry and artwork collaborations by me and Jacqueline Calladine, produced for a public exhibition in 2014. Four new site additions relating to this work are as follows:

Haiku Without Borders

posted Sep 13, 2018, 3:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 4:14 PM ]

Hard to believe it was twenty years ago already. In 1998, Les Éditions David published Haïku sans frontières: une anthologie mondiale (Haiku Without Borders: A Worldwide Anthology), edited by André Duhaime. It featured ten of my haiku in both French and English. These ten poems from Haïku sans frontières are now accessible through the Haiku and Senryu and Translations pages. Also check out “Celebrating Earth Day,” newly added to the Digressions page.

Winner of the Aichi Prefecture Board of Education Award

posted Sep 4, 2018, 1:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 1:56 PM ]

Just posted to the “Essays and Commentary” section of the Interviews page is “Aichi Prefecture Board of Education Award,” featuring a poem of mine selected by editor Kōko Katō as magazine’s best poem for all of 2017. Other site tweaks and updates elsewhere on the Appearances page, links to two appreciations of my “Something Lost” haibun, plus a few miscellaneous revisions to “The ISN’Ts of Haiku: Learning from Lorraine Ellis Harr,” “Thirteen Ways of Reading Haiku,” and “Knowing the Poet.”

My Haiku Broadside

posted Aug 27, 2018, 1:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 1:58 PM ]

Just added to the Digressions page is “Haiku Broadside,” about the publication by Befuddled Press and the Haiku Society of America of a broadside featuring one of my haiku. I’ve also added an image of this broadside to “Meteor Shower,” available through the Interviews page. This broadside was one of twelve limited-edition letterpress broadsides printed in celebration of the Haiku Society of America’s 50th anniversary in 2018.

Moon Haiku

posted Aug 25, 2018, 2:42 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

Just added to the Reports page are results from the “2014 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest” I judged with Tanya McDonald and Michelle Schaefer in September of 2014 at the Seattle Japanese Garden’s annual Moon Viewing Festival. Also added to the Further Reading page is a link to “Haiku: A Whole Lot More Than 5-7-5.” Other miscellaneous additions elsewhere, such as on the Appearances page.

Two Longer Poems and a Rengay

posted Aug 19, 2018, 12:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 19, 2018, 12:19 PM ]

Three new additions to Graceguts are Sam Hamill’s “To Doris Thurston on Her Eightieth Birthday,” available through the Poems by Others page, “Imitated from the Japanese” by W. B. Yeats, available through the Poems About Haiku page, and “It’s All Happening,” a new collaboration on the Rengay page, written with Sidney Bending and Margaret Rutley, recently published in Presence. Please enjoy.

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