1 March 2022
The month of February 2022 has brought the following changes and additions to Graceguts:
On the Appearances page, I’ve added several new events and event photos.
On the Books page, through the introduction pages for Eyeball Kick, Retina Splash, and Vitreous Humor, I’ve added downloadable PDFs (free ebooks) for each of these three collections. See also the introduction to Ocular Oracle to view a PDF of the fourth ebook in this trilogy.
On the Digressions page, look for “Two Squirrels,” about a small but remarkable nature encounter and the poem that resulted.
On the Essays page, I’ve added “Bombs or Balms: The Nonhaiku of Bob Kaufman,” recently published in Frogpond. Also look for “If It’s February,” the text of a guest blog post about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), which I’ve been celebrating in February.
On the Haiku and Senryu page, in the “Anthologies” section, I’ve now added my poems from the Countless Leaves tanka anthology published in 2001 (also linked to from the Tanka page). Also look for a new poem added to “My Poems in The Heron’s Nest.”
On the Quotations page, a new addition is “Quotations Visualized,” presenting quotations in visual form that relate to the writing of haiku poetry, regarding aesthetics, spiritual stance, or in other ways.
On the Reports page, the new “Seward Park Torii Haiku Contest” results page records selections and commentary (with photos) for a contest I judged in December 2013 and January 2014. Also, on “2021 Japan Fair Haiku Contest,” I’ve added a video celebrating the winners I selected. And don’t miss the new addition of “2001 Haiku Poets of Northern California Tanka Contest” (also linked to from the Tanka page).
On the Speeches page, look for three “historic” photos from 2000, newly added to the “Welcoming Speech at the Third International Tanka Convention” page.
On the Workshops page, a new addition is “Venues, Clients, and Partners,” an extensive list of conferences, festivals, schools, libraries, and other locations where I’ve given haiku workshops, presentations, and performances.
I’ve also added numerous rengay to my Rengay website.