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More Haiku North America

posted Sep 12, 2019, 11:47 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 12, 2019, 11:48 PM ]

I’ve got some more additions relating to the 2019 Haiku North America conference. Just added to the Reports page is “Haiku North America 2019 Sizzles,” a guest blog post on J. I. Kleinberg’s “Poetry Department” blog. And I’ve also added forty sample poems from the conference anthology, Sitting in the Sun, available through the Books and Press Here pages, where you can also read the introduction and see a list of contributors, posted earlier. And for a bonus, I’ve also added Jim Kacian’s “Presence” on the Poems About Haiku page.

New Growth

posted Sep 6, 2019, 7:46 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 6, 2019, 7:46 PM ]

New growth on this website is “Featured Title” information on the Press Here page for the 2019 Haiku North America conference anthology, Sitting in the Sun, which I edited with Crystal Simone Smith—with wonderful artwork by Kate MacQueen. I’ve also added the book’s introduction, “Come Sit a Spell,” also available through the Introductions page, and the book’s contributor list. Elsewhere, I’ve added a third new postscript to my “Hearing the Owl” haibun, added a new poem on the NeverEnding Story page (with two Chinese translations), and added James Wright’s stunning poem, “A Blessing,” to the Poems by Others page. My Appearances page also has a few updates as well.

This, That, and Two Others

posted Aug 30, 2019, 6:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 30, 2019, 6:14 PM ]

Newly listed on my Books page is the 2019 Haiku North America conference anthology, Sitting in the Sun, which I edited with Crystal Simone Smith (watch for the introduction and sample poems to come later). The book is available on Amazon. I’ve also added my poem in this book to the From HNA Conference Anthologies page, available through the Haiku and Senryu page. New on the Rengay page is “Island Dialect,” written with Abigail Friedman and Tanya McDonald. And over on the Sequences page you can now find “For Leonard Cohen.” Lots to explore as August crawls to an end.

A Bouquet of New Additions

posted Jul 23, 2019, 11:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 23, 2019, 11:24 PM ]

Hey, stop and smell these flowers, eh? On the Poems by Others page, check out a longtime favourite poem, “Ars Poetica,” by Archibald Macleish. New on the Essays page is “Haibun: Aims and Problems.” This essay and the following three pieces, just added to the Haibun page, were recently published in Contemporary Haibun Online“Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat,” “Chief Joseph,” and “Gettysburg.” In addition, the Poets in the Park festival that I direct took place on 20 July 2019 in Redmond, Washington, featuring about 70 scheduled poets. Check out the finalized schedule and participant list (scroll down). Okay, now exhale!

A Fine Meditation

posted Jun 22, 2019, 11:44 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 22, 2019, 5:07 PM ]

The Trifolds page now lists two new trifolds, “Fine Lines” and “Nitobe Meditation,” which you can also view or download in PDF format on the Trifold Downloads page. Please have a look—and let me know if you download or print a copy for yourself.

Yet More Poems

posted Jun 14, 2019, 6:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 14, 2019, 11:01 PM ]

Just added to the Poems About Haiku page are “Psalm for Haiku Poets” by Tombō / Lorraine Ellis Harr, and “With Issa” by Nelson Ball. These two poems could hardly be more different, yet I appreciate them for celebrating haiku. Speaking of Issa, take a look at Dale Pendell’s untitled poem. And check out “Not a Haiku” by Gerald England—which, despite some people’s perceptions about syllable counting, is not a haiku at all. Meanwhile, I’ve also added a new haiku (with Chinese translations) to the Neverending Story page.

Hearing the Owl

posted Jun 11, 2019, 5:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 5:56 PM ]

New on the Haibun page is “Hearing the Owl,” and extended and rather personal haibun of mine, recently published in The Haibun Journal in Ireland. This posting also includes two new postscripts, one about the author whose book the haibun dwells on, and another about the reasons this haibun is so personal for me. I hope you might enjoy reading these new site additions.

Cummings and Goings

posted May 24, 2019, 12:11 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 24, 2019, 12:28 AM ]

A new essay, previously unpublished, is now available on the Essays page, and linked to from the Digressions and Not Previously Published pages. It’s “E. E. Cummings—Not for Mostpeople,” and outlines my path to Cummings and his poetry, with links to numerous essays I’ve written about the poet, plus links to selected Cummings poems that I feature on this website. E. E. Cummings has long been a passion of mine, and this personal essay gives a glimpse into my connections with this unconventional poet.

Back to Blue

posted May 21, 2019, 5:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 21, 2019, 5:07 PM ]

“Mother’s Back” and “Journey in Blue,” though newly added to the Rengay and Rengay Essays pages, are actually 22 and 17 years old, respectively. In fact, I believe “Journey in Blue” to be the first six-person rengay ever written. Both of these rengay recently appeared in Mariposa.

Postscript to “King’s Books”

posted May 17, 2019, 12:27 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 17, 2019, 12:27 AM ]

I occasionally add postscripts to content here and there on this website, often for essays, but less often for poems. I’ve just added a new postscript to the “King’s Books” rengay, in response to a review of a book this rengay. The review, in Japan’s International Tanka magazine, #5, published in May of 2019, assesses this rengay in the context of renga (or renku) and makes some interesting comments that I respond to. Please take a look.

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