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—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, so this site is far from complete, but I hope you enjoy it. 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.
  • Acrostic Rengay . . . and Not One of two new additions to the Rengay page is an acrostic rengay, which I had fun writing. It shouldn’t be too hard to see what the acrostic spells ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2016, 5:03 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Seventeen Ways Just added to the Poems page, and linked to from the Poems About Haiku page, is “Seventeen Ways of Looking at a Haiku,” recently published in Clover: A Literary Rag ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 11:34 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Poets in the Park 2016 Where will you be on June 25? How about Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington? I recently updated the Poets in the Park page to feature the 2016 schedule. I began ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2016, 6:53 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Analyzing the Matsuyama Declaration A major new addition to the Essays page is “The Matsuyama Declaration: An Annotated Analysis.” It offers my previously unpublished comments and reactions to this influential 1999 manifesto on international ...
    Posted by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Franz Wright and Haiku The late Franz Wright seems to have been attracted to haiku poetry. In addition to a short book of Buson translations, examples of his interest in haiku include two new ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 11:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • An Essay from the Archives I’ve just resurrected a long and detailed old essay, written in 2002, and have added it to the Essays page. It’s “Problems and Challenges of International Haiku,” and ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2016, 7:37 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A Different Kind of Juxtaposition A new addition on the Essays page is “One-Part Haiku,” a short exploration of haiku having just a single part instead of the more common two-part juxtapositional structure ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2016, 5:49 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Raku Teapot Haiku From early 2001 until sometime in 2004, I was an active member in the Raku Teapot private online haiku discussion group. In 2003 its members published Raku Teapot Haiku, a ...
    Posted May 31, 2016, 9:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Shared Umbrella One of the best books published in recent years in the realm of haiku and tanka is A Shared Umbrella by Beverley George and David Terelinck. I had the privilege ...
    Posted May 27, 2016, 12:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Deja-ku Diary I've just started a new blog. It's called Deja-ku Diary, and discusses haiku that bring to mind other poems in various ways, such as allusion, parody, and ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 9:21 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! If not, 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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