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Up Your High Score with a Torpedo

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

New on the Collaborations and Rengay pages are “Up,” a kasen renku, plus “High Score” and “Torpedo,” both rengay. I wrote these three collaborations with Tanya McDonald, and they first appeared in our 2016 book Seven Suns / Seven Moons from NeoPoiesis Press. Please have a look.

ukiaHaiku Contest Results

posted May 16, 2017, 1:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 16, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

In April of 2017 I judged the international division of the 2017 ukiaHaiku contest. Results were announced and celebrated at the ukiaHaiku festival event on 30 April 2017 in Ukiah, California. You can now read my selections and commentary at “2017 ukiaHaiku Festival Contest Winners,” just added to the Reports page. And for a bonus, check out the new poem added to the Tinywords page, available through Haiku and Senryu.

Still Reviewing the Situation

posted May 12, 2017, 6:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 12, 2017, 6:33 PM ]

More of my haiku book reviews have recently appeared in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. The following fourteen commentaries are now available through my Reviews page, and two of them include links to longer, more detailed versions (not previously published).

Haiku Anthologies
Beginning: British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2016, edited by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson
Impressions of Morning: Haiku by World Children, edited by the JAL Foundation

Individual Haiku Collections
Chrysanthemum Dusk by Susan B. Auld
Getting On by Ernest J. Berry
Haiku, Green Tea & Sushi by Ernest J. Berry [see also longer version]
Winnows by Maxianne Berger
Small Things Make Me Laugh by Yu Chang
The Fingertips of a Glassblower by Bill Cooper
What Light There Is by Sylvia Forges-Ryan
Horizon by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Haiku Criticism
African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, edited by John Zheng [see also longer version]
Discovering Fire by David Grayson
JuxtaOne and JuxtaTwo, edited by Peter McDonald


posted May 5, 2017, 11:05 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:05 PM ]

An exciting new addition to my website comes with two parts. First is “The Scarf,” an ekphrastic poem just added to the Poems page. And with it, added to the Digressions page (also available through the Not Previously Published page), is “Ekphrastic Assimilations,” which presents the context and origin of the poem. Please take a look, and also check out my Bio, Links, and Appearances pages, which have numerous updates and refinements.

Hey, New Stuff!

posted Apr 25, 2017, 5:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 1, 2017, 5:40 PM ]

All shiny and sparkly on the Poems About Haiku page is “Little Things” by Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney, dating from 1845—the poem, that is, although the poet is rather ancient too. In the “Other Essays” section of my Essays page, find a short “Poetry Writing Prompt” to get your creative juices going. The Appearances page has several new and updated event listings. And over on the Rengay page, you can find “Getting There,” written with John Stevenson on the theme of modes of transportation.

Rain into River

posted Apr 22, 2017, 7:34 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 4, 2017, 9:57 AM ]

Newly added to the Rengay page is “Rain into River,” written with Tanya McDonald. This rengay was just published in WA129 (Sage Hill Press), a Washington State poetry anthology edited by state poet laureate Tod Marshall—it’s a particular honour to be included. Two other website additions are “Steyer Writer Named Poet Laureate” on the Interviews page, and a photo of my son Thomas on “My Son’s Interview.”

Making Time for Haiku

posted Apr 21, 2017, 7:21 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 7:26 AM ]

Another new essay in the “Learning From” section of my Essays page is “A Haiku Writer’s Time: Learning from Kenneth Atchity,” recently published in Frogpond. I explore the author’s classic time-management principles as they apply to writing and extend them to the writing of haiku. Because haiku are often about capturing and releasing moments of personal experience, haiku itself is a kind of time management.

Learning from Samuel Menashe

posted Apr 20, 2017, 10:50 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

A new essay in the “Learning From” section of my Essays page is “Amen to Life: Learning from the Haiku Mind of Samuel Menashe,” in which I respond to an extensive selection of the poet’s finest and shortest poems. It was my privilege to have Menashe as the featured poet in the premier issue of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem.

Haiku Window

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:17 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 8:17 AM ]

Just added to the Digressions page, and also available through the Haibun and Not Previously Published pages, is “Opening the Haiku Window,” about my first published haiku acceptance and submission, made in 1988. The poem appeared in Modern Haiku, for which I received a crisp dollar bill.

Ancient Bloodlines, and Something More

posted Apr 14, 2017, 10:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 11:11 PM ]

I’m pleased to have written “Finding Your Paths,” an introduction to a new collection of rengay by Simon Hanson and Ron C. Moss. The book is Ancient Bloodlines, just published by Wildflower Poetry Press. Find my contribution to this innovative book on the Introductions page. Meanwhile, over on the Poems page you’ll find “Bedroom in Arles,” an ekphrastic poem of mine on van Gogh’s painting. But that’s not new. On that page you’ll now find a link to my “Response to Alina Kwiatowska,” presenting her assessment of my ekphrastic poem in an academic essay collection, together with my responses to this assessment. If you like, please tell me what you think.

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