1 April 2022

The month of March 2022 has produced a fresh set of additions to Graceguts, including the following:

    • On the Essays page, the most significant addition is “Defining Moments,” recently published in Haiku Canada Review. On the “Go-Shichi-Go: How Japanese and English Syllables Differ” essay, I’ve added a third postscript. Also look for my thoughts on “Pronouncing Kireji and Senryu.” I’ve also added a meme (if that’s what it is) to my “Traditional and Modern Haiku: A Vibrant Dichotomy” essay—the meme (not created by me) quoting a passage from this essay.

    • On the Reviews page (also linked to from the Essays page) is my creative take on Kit Pancoast Nagamura’s Grit, Grace, and Gold, with star-studded play-by-play analysis by Matsuo Bashō, Fukuda Chiyo-ni, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki. This “review” appeared on the Books on Asia blog and was recently reprinted in Fireflies’ Light. I had fun with this!

    • On the Translations page, a large new addition is “Distant Train Sound: Michael Dylan Welch’s Haiku,” with translations into Persian by Sina Sanjari of 33 of my haiku, complete with a short introductory essay, published in Shahrgon magazine. And check out 23 of my haiku at “Akita International Haiku Network,” translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta in 2010 and 2011.

    • On the Haiga with Other Artists page, available through Haiga, I’ve added a new “cedars and firs” image and a photo showing the poem’s “Golden Triangle” public exhibition in Washington, D.C.

    • Three smaller additions are these: On my Books page, I’ve added a listing for On Snails, Sage and AIDS: An Anthology Commemorating the 2001 Haiku North America Conference, a small publication I coedited in 2001 but had forgotten about. New to the Memorial Haiku page is a tanka for Robert Creeley, written in 2005. And on the Haiku Workshops page, a new PowerPoint offering is “A Dying Art: Death Haiku in Japanese and English.”

    • Look for several new events on the Appearances page, especially my presentation on “Jujutsu Kaisen: Haiku Training” for the huge Sakura-Con festival in Seattle on 16 April 2022.