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Splendiferous Additions

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

Newly added to the Digressions page is a short overview of my years of editing and publishing the quarterly haiku journal Woodnotes. I’ve also added “Three Erasures” to the Poems page. Also check out “A Haiku for Mars” by Nikki Giovanni and my own piece, “If You’re Haikuing and You Know It,” just added to the Poems About Haiku page.  And I’ve also added a beautiful broadside image of William Stafford’s “Why I Am Happy” on the Poems by Others page. Splendiferous, eh?

Italian Translation of Keiko Imaoka Essay

posted Feb 18, 2018, 5:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 6:02 PM ]

One of the most important essays ever published about English-language haiku is Keiko Imaoka’s “Forms in English Haiku,” which I first printed in my journal, Woodnotes, in the summer of 1996. The essay appears in several locations online, but the version I have here is the definitive version, because it includes edits approved by the author. My presentation of this essay also includes my postscript about the essay, plus a “Beginner’s Mind” essay by Keiko about her path to haiku. I’m pleased, too, to have just added “La Forma Nello Haiku In Inglese, an Italian translation of Keiko’s seminal essay by Elisa Bernardinis and Corrado Aiello. Keiko’s essay is essential reading for every haiku poet, whether writing in English or Italian.

Learning from Ezra Pound

posted Feb 13, 2018, 6:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 6:08 PM ]

A significant new addition to the Essays page is “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste: Learning from Ezra Pound,” which is previously unpublished. It presents Pound’s seminal 1913 essay with numerous annotations that explain, expand, and sometimes take issue. These comments are all in the context of applying the essay to haiku poetry, which of course influenced the essay in the first place. I also link to this new addition from my annotated response to Lorraine Ellis Harr’s “Isn’ts of Haiku,” which resembles it. Meanwhile, I’ve also added several new links to the Further Reading and Interviews page.

Typos Keep Happening

posted Feb 7, 2018, 1:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 1:14 PM ]

Just added to my “Typos Happen! page, available through the Digressions page, is a description of a recently discovered typo in one of my tanka. Scroll down to item #4 to read the thrilling story.

A Memorial Haibun

posted Feb 2, 2018, 12:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:17 PM ]

New to the “Memorial Haibun” section of the Haibun page is “Saluting Kat Creighton.” Kat was halfway through her month as guest prompter on the National Haiku Writing Month page on Facebook when she died suddenly in 2014, leaving her month of prompts unfinished. I’ve added a new memorial poem for her to augment this memorial announcement I had previously posted to the NaHaiWriMo website.

And the Winner Is . . .

posted Jan 6, 2018, 7:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

Over the years I’ve judged numerous haiku contests, and I’ve documented most of the results—with my commentaryon the Reports page. However, I’d never added many others, and have just caught up with all results that I have an electronic record of (meaning that I don’t have a record of other contests I’ve judged, generally before 2000). So, just added to the Reports page are all the following contest results, most with extensive commentary.
Another change is that I moved all my “2017 Appearances” listings to their own new archived page and updated the Appearances page to focus on 2018 events. I also added four more quotations at the end of Your Thoughts. Enjoy!

Teaching Haiku

posted Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 PM ]

Happy new year! All the best for 2018 to all readers of Graceguts. To start off the new year, a new addition on the Essays and Haiku Workshops pages is “Notes on Teaching Haiku,” written in 2008 in response to a query I received about teaching haiku. Perhaps it’s useful to others who might also be called to teach others about haiku poetry. Here’s to a great year ahead!

Raku Teapot Contest

posted Dec 31, 2017, 9:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 31, 2017, 9:36 PM ]

To wrap up the year 2017, a new addition to this website is “2004 Raku Teapot Award,” available through the Reports page. This text features the results of a contest I cojudged in 2004 with Hortensia Anderson. Raku Teapot was a private, invitation-only online haiku discussion group that ran from January of 2001 until late 2004 or early 2005. In 2003, the group published a book, Raku Teapot Haiku, featuring 143 poems by twenty-four contributing poets, together with a compact disc of all poems performed by the poets. Meanwhile, here’s to a great year ahead!

Two Things

posted Dec 28, 2017, 3:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 28, 2017, 3:56 PM ]

Just added to the Poems by Others page is “The Times-Herald that day had good news,” by Susan Oakes. I’ve always loved this Christmas poem. Meanwhile, over on the Haibun page, a new addition is “Physical,” a brief haibun inspired by my children. A few other miscellaneous tweaks, link updates, and typo fixes elsewhere too.

Funny . . . Or Not

posted Dec 21, 2017, 11:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 11:06 PM ]

Newly available through the Digressions page is That Ain’t Funny, a landing page for various items throughout Graceguts that might (ahem) be funny. Or not. It includes sections devoted to essays, parodies, poems, and other material. Can you resist it?

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