1 January 2023

When I started Graceguts in 2009, I combed through my computer for digital files to add, posting many essays, reviews, and poems that I had easy access to. I’m still discovering neglected files, though that’s increasingly rare. Over the years I also scanned text that I no longer had electronic versions of and knew that I had numerous such items (mostly reviews) from Woodnotes that I could eventually process. And now, more than a dozen years later, I’ve gone through all the issues of Woodnotes I edited and have scanned and uploaded all those reviews—209 new ones, as it turns out. There are dozens more, and I know I wrote many of them, but they all appeared without attribution (some of them written by other editors), so I’ve left them out of the 209 current additions. Many of these reviews are short, and a handful are mini listings of books I published with my press, thus not reviews, but still of historical relevance. So the posting of all these reviews is a major new addition to Graceguts, a task long in the making, and in most cases I also added book cover images plus occasional cross-links.

This collection of reviews, however, is just one of many recent expansions to this website. The following is a summary of all new additions to Graceguts in December of 2022, a very productive month, ending out the first year that has passed since I overhauled and relaunched this website one year ago.

Clocking Out by Carlos Colón (with additions)

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō, Buson, and Issa, edited by Robert Hass

Grinding My Ink by Margaret Chula

Haiku Compass: Directions in the Poetical Map of the United States of America by William J. Higginson

The Haiku Poetry of Alexis Rotella by Alexis Rotella (audio recording)

The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World by William J. Higginson

Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, edited by William J. Higginson

A Hidden Pond: Anthology of Modern Haiku, edited by Kōko Katō, and translated by Kōko Katō and David Burleigh

In Praise of Japanese Love Poems, introduced by Regina Sara Ryan (with a new postscript)

Sunlight Through Rain: A Northwest Haiku Year, edited by Robert Major and Francine Porad

Meanwhile, my Rengay website now includes two newly published rengay: “Kicking Back” with William Hart (about Los Angeles, and added to my expanding City Rengay page) and “Sensation” with Angela Terry and Cara Holman.

It’s been a very busy month, and I look forward to every blessing the year 2023 has in store. Thank you for visiting and exploring Graceguts. 

Woodnotes Reviews

The following is a complete list of all 209 reviews just added to the Reviews page, arranged alphabetically. Find the links on the Reviews page.