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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A new essay, previously unpublished, is now available on the Essays page, and linked to from the Digressions and Not Previously Published pages.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.

2019 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners

posted May 10, 2019, 12:47 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 10, 2019, 4:37 AM ]

Just added to the Reports page are the “2019 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners,” with my commentary. I judged 397 entries for the international division, with the results announced at the annual festival event held on 28 April 2019 in Ukiah, California. Congratulations to all the winners! In addition, on the Interviews page, I’ve added new headings for listing audio and text interviews separately.

Finding Bashō’s Child

posted May 6, 2019, 1:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 6, 2019, 4:19 PM ]

A new addition to the Poems About Haiku page is “Bashō’s Child,” a moving piece by W. S. Merwin that recounts a troubling incident from Bashō’s Oku no Hosomichi. What would you have done? Meanwhile, on the Interviews page, Ive added a link to the Author Magazine Author2Author interview on Blog Talk Radio conducted with me by Bill Kenower on 16 April 2019. And on the Memorial Haiku page, I’ve belatedly added a poem in remembrance of Gary Barnes (Soji). See various other site renovations on the Appearances and Poets in the Park pages, the latter with numerous updates for this summer’s Redmond Association of Spokenword festival.

New Eyes / Faces and Places

posted Apr 24, 2019, 4:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 4:37 PM ]

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.

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