Call this a poetry magazine, if you like. Something authentic and delirious. Graceguts has just one main contributor. This is a place for poems, essays, stories, book reviews, and other materials that Ive written or created—plus a few surprises. I add to it organically, focusing on published work. Ive published thousands of poems, mostly haiku and related genres, as well as hundreds of essays and book reviews, and I hope you enjoy them. If youre new to this site, please visit First Time Here. Thank you for visiting.
—Michael Dylan Welch       

Recent Graceguts Blog Posts

Click any of the following links to read about recent site additions or other featured pages.
  • New Poem, New Postscript, New Report Three additions to Graceguts are Noelle Levy’s “The ABZs of Poetry” on the Poems About Haiku page, a new postscript to further discuss my “Laughing with Karumi” essay, and ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 3:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • NaHaiWriMo Celebrates Its Tenth Year National Haiku Writing Month began as an idea in 2010 and was first held in February of 2011, so 2020 marks the tenth year of this annual celebration of haiku ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2020, 11:36 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Two Bits Two new additions to this site are “Haiku That Changed My Life” on the Essays page, and Vicki McCullough’s review of my Haiku North America anthology, Fire in the ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2020, 11:16 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Interview, Rengay, and More A fresh face on the Interviews page is “My Window Opens: A Personal Haiku History,” a previously unpublished behind-the-scenes interview with me by William J. Higginson, dating from ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 8:11 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • The Gift of Shikishi—New Translations A major new addition to the Essays and Translations pages is “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi,” a translation project that, in fits and starts, took more than a dozen ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2020, 9:16 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Three New Haibun and a Rengay Just added to the Haibun page are three Shakespeare-themed haibun in my “historical” series. Please take a look at “Outrageous Fortune,” “Poor Yorick,” and “What’s In a Name ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 11:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Hiroaki Sato On Haiku The Reviews page now features “Contextualization Icebergs: A Review of On Haiku,” my detailed assessment of Hiroaki Sato’s book of essays culled from decades of explicating the haiku art ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 10:20 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Traffic Culture Exhibition Haiku Winners Happy new year! Or, as they say in Japan, 明けましておめでとう. Speaking of Japan, I’ve had the privilege of working with Emiko Miyashita on many translations from the Japanese. In ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2020, 8:40 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haiku About Nothing A new essay in the “Learning From” section of the Essays page is “Poems About Nothing: Learning Haiku from Antonio Porchia,” recently published in Juxtapositions, the Haiku Foundation journal for ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2019, 2:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Sōseki’s White Chrysanthemum You may know the classic haiku, “before the white chrysanthemum, / the scissors hesitate / a moment.” And you may think it’s by Buson. But no, it’s actually by Sōseki ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2019, 1:29 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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Featured Pages

Featured pages appeared here each month from October 2009 through December 2012. In January 2013 I discontinued this listing in favour of the automated list of recent blog posts, above, which mostly feature recent additions. See featured pages from past months.

Make It New

If this is your first visit, everything here is new! Check out First Time Here. If this is not your first visit, and you want to see whats most recently added or changed on this site, click Recent Site Activity. Or better yet, visit Blogistics, the blog for this site, devoted mainly to identifying recent additions. And to see what I’ve been up to personally, or will soon be up to, please see my Appearances page, which, naturally, I keep up as best I can.

Catch Me If You Can

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