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New Eyes / Faces and Places

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

Newly minted on the Introductions page is “New Eyes,” my introduction to Faces and Places, a book of photographs and haiku about the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, California. And on the Haiku and Senryu page, I’ve also posted “Faces and Places,” featuring my ten haiku from the book. For extra measure, I’ve also added a new poem to the Tinywords page, and added a new haiku to the end of the postscript at “Whose Kid Is That.” Please take a look.

Visioning Haiku

posted Apr 8, 2019, 4:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 4:25 PM ]

The “Haiga with Other Artists” page, available through the Haiga page, now features two new images, one from a challenge to respond with a haiku to a vintage postcard photograph, the other a still image from a Haiku Chronicles video about the Seabeck Haiku Getaway that I direct. Please take a look.

A Haiga Primer in German

posted Apr 7, 2019, 10:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 7, 2019, 10:14 PM ]

New to the Essays page is “Verlinkung und Sprung: eine Haiga-Einführung,” a German translation of “Linking and Leaping: A Haiga Primer” by Claudia Brefeld, which appeared in April of 2019 on her website, “Haiga im Focus / Haiga in Focus.” My gratitude to Claudia for this translation. Another improvement is that I’ve added star recommendations to the Haiku and Senryu page to highlight choices that site visitors might wish to read first. And on the Poems About Haiku page, look for a new “haiku” by Ellen DeGeneres.

Emerging Rengay

posted Mar 26, 2019, 11:39 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 11:39 PM ]

New to the Rengay page is “Merging,” a collaboration with Olivier Schopfer, focusing on the city of Geneva, Switzerland, where Olivier lives. This rengay is one of many I’ve been writing lately about major cities of the world. More coming!

Perfecting Poetry

posted Mar 1, 2019, 12:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 12:41 PM ]

Just added to the Poems page is “Perfection: An Ars Poetica,” recently published in Solitary Plover. Meanwhile, on the Haibun, Poems, and Sequences pages, I’ve indicated recommended items to read first by adding stars for each of those items. I have no doubt overlooked additional pieces I particularly like. New additions to my Appearances page too!

Sax Riffs and Fine Lines

posted Feb 28, 2019, 3:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 5:35 PM ]

Haiku Canada Review recently published an essay of mine, and also included a Haiku Canada Sheet with a sequence of my haiku. You can read “Sax Riffs and the Art of Tensaku” on the Essays page, a short exploration of how Westerners tend to resist suggested revisions to their haiku, compared with the Japanese. And you can read “Fine Lines” on the Sequences page, with twenty poems that employ lines from famous poems (none of which are haiku) and give them a haiku twist. Hope you enjoy both of these pieces.

Interview Additions

posted Feb 23, 2019, 6:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 23, 2019, 6:03 PM ]

Thanks to Corine Timmer for two new additions to the Interviews page. The first is “What Is Haiku,” Corine’s short introduction to haiku poetry featuring a haiku of mine, which she says is “a poem that swept me off my feet when I first read it.” The second addition is “Barking Mad Questionnaire,” Corine’s interview with me about dogs and haiku. Thank you, Corine.

Two Interviews and a Haiku-Limerick-Thingy

posted Feb 11, 2019, 3:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 3:58 PM ]

New on the Interviews page are links to two recent interviews with me about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). The first is a text interview by Trish Hopkinson on her “Selfish Poet” blog, widely shared on social media, and the second is an audio interview by Tom Maxedon broadcast on KJZZ radio (NPR affiliate) in Tempe, Arizona. And just added to the Poems About Haiku page is an untitled haiku-limerick-thingy by Douglas J. Steele. See if it doesn’t make you grin.

National Haiku Writing Month Again!

posted Feb 1, 2019, 11:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 4:50 PM ]

It’s February 1. That means it’s the first day of National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo. This is our ninth year to celebrate haiku by writing at least one haiku per day for every day of February—the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. I thought of starting NaHaiWriMo in October of 2010, and it began in February of 2011. The community of poets on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page has reached nearly 3,000 people worldwide. NaHaiWriMo offers daily writing prompts to get you going, too. And it’s not just in February, since we have guest prompters every month of the year. Also visit the NaHaiWriMo website for the details, and where you can also read interviews with all of our recent guest prompters, complete with photos and sample poems. Please join us!

Updating Game

posted Jan 26, 2019, 6:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 11:52 AM ]

Time to play the Updating Game. A new section on the Poems page is now devoted to “Parodies and Humour.” Over on the Poems About Haiku page, you can now find Mary Oliver’s wonderful “Three Things to Remember.” I’ve also added four new photos to the Appearances page, plus several new upcoming events, and have added a new workshop, “Writing Poems About Poetry,” to the Other Poetry Workshops page. And check out a new design added to Haiga with Anne Dunnett, available through the Haiga page.

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