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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Were You Expecting Anything Else?

posted Nov 15, 2019, 12:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 12:23 PM ]

Three inspiring new additions to the Poems by Others page are “I Taught Myself to Live Simply” by Anna Akhmatova, Happiness” by Raymond Carver, and “Credo” by my friend Judith Roche, who died yesterday. On the Rengay page, I’ve also added “Bedtime Stories,” an erotic rengay trio written by an anonymous assortment of 2019 Seabeck Haiku Getaway attendees. In addition, I’ve added a third new postscript to the “Metaphor in Haiku” essay, and have added a new tanka, with Chinese translations, to the Neverending Story page. Please explore.

Three Sequences

posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 4:03 PM ]

The Sequences page now sports three new sets of poems, all recently published in Bacopa Literary Review in Florida. The first is “Shēngxiào /生肖,” which won first prize for haiku (and $300) in Bacopa’s 2019 poetry contests. The second is “Haiku Lessons,” having a bit of experimental fun. And the third is “Still I Go,” about a time of surgery in 2016. Meanwhile, on the Digressions page, I’ve added details about “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive,” ongoing sequences of presentations I’ve given about deceased poets at my local library. I’ve also added a new link to “Haiku Are Not a Joke: A Plea from a Poet Who Has Had It Up to Here” by Sandra Simpson on the Further Reading page, plus a few other miscellaneous additions on the Redmond Poet Laureate page and elsewhere.

New Commentary Page

posted Oct 16, 2019, 10:12 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 16, 2019, 10:17 PM ]

Just created on Graceguts is a new section for Commentary, featuring essays or shorter commentaries by various writers on poems I’ve written. The links on this new page used to be gathered on the Interviews page, but seem better suited to a page of their own. Here I’ve also included a new addition, “Michael Dylan Welch’s Frisbee,” from Nicholas Klacsanzky’s insightful and informative “Haiku Commentary” blog. Meanwhile, if you want something completely different, I’ve added a Steve Hackett concert set list to my Obscure Musical Passions page.

Graceguts Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

posted Oct 12, 2019, 5:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 12, 2019, 6:43 PM ]

Graceguts came to life on 12 October 2009, exactly ten years ago today. It’s more, I hope, than a repository of poems, reviews, and essays I’ve written, becoming a useful resource for many beginning and experienced haiku poets around the world. To celebrate this anniversary, I’ve started a new Graceguts Facebook page where I’ll post updates to the site, and invite commentary and discussion, should anyone be so inclined. To see comments about this site that many people have sent me over the years, please visit “Your Thoughts.” Thank you to hundreds of thousands of site visitors who have explored the site over the past decade.

Contests, Commentary, and Postscripts

posted Oct 12, 2019, 4:40 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 12, 2019, 5:00 PM ]

Just added to the Reports page is “2019 Morioka International Haiku Contest,” with results from a new Japanese haiku contest I judged with Terry Ann Carter and Toru Kiuchi. This addition includes all the winning poems plus commentary from each of us as judges. Meanwhile, I’ve added new postscripts to the “Watch Your Its” essay and to “14 or 15 Combs” (the latter titled “Adam L. Kern Commentary” at the end). And on the Essays page, check out “Commentary on ‘Birthday Lunch at the Cubee Pub.’”

Six Historical Haibun

posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 3:51 PM ]

A site addition to start the month of October is “Historical Haibun,” a new subset of the Haibun page. There I’ve added three recently published pieces: “Berlin,” “The Dream,” and “January 20, 1961.” These join three similar haibun, added to the Haibun page previously: “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat,” “Chief Joseph,” and “Gettysburg.” Meanwhile, on the Haiku and Senryu page, I’ve also added a new haiku to “My Poems in Haiku Society of America Anthologies,” from the 2019 collection.

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!

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