This blog focuses mostly on what’s new on the Graceguts site, operated by Michael Dylan Welch, but may have other occasional quiddities. Enjoy! And if you have any comments,
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Shared Umbrella

posted May 27, 2016, 12:07 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 27, 2016, 12:07 PM ]

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 to write an introduction to this book. Please read “At the Heart of Sharing,” newly added to the Introductions page.

Deja-ku Diary

posted May 20, 2016, 9:20 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 20, 2016, 9:21 PM ]

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 plagiarism (among other types). Maybe YOU can make the very first comment, if you have something to say.

Pinterest Haiga

posted May 18, 2016, 9:44 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 18, 2016, 9:45 PM ]

Rare new additions to the Haiga page are four of my poems crafted into Pinterest images by graphic designer Anne Dunnett. My gratitude for these pleasing images, even if they may not be haiga in the strictest sense.


posted May 12, 2016, 2:42 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 17, 2016, 6:28 PM ]

You want loonies? Check out “A Few Loonies, just added to the Rengay page—a poetic collaboration by me, Fay Aoyagi, and Garry Gay on theme of money from different countries. We had fun writing this!

Sprigs of Spring

posted May 10, 2016, 12:16 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 10, 2016, 12:48 PM ]

The Haiku and Senryu page now sports a collection of haiku for this season of cherry blossoms and new growth (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). Check out “Sprigs of Spring” and see if you can find a favourite poem or two! And on the page for “A Sample Haiku Lesson Plan, Ive just added a link to an Italian translation. That feels spring-like, too.

Big Brother Is Watching . . . Your Haiku

posted May 4, 2016, 12:20 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 12, 2016, 5:42 PM ]

New on the Essays page is “Politics and the English-Language Haiku: Learning from George Orwell,” one of my series of “learning from” essays, recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal. It explores Orwell’s famous essay on writing, applying what it has to say to haiku. I’ve also added a photo to the Trifolds page, new links to the Links page, and various updates to the Appearances and Books pages.

Haiku Report

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 6:55 PM ]

It’s been a while since I added anything to my Reports page. Check out the 2016 Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Contest Winners, complete with my commentary. This was a small contest I judged in the spring of 2016. Congratulations to the winners.

Something New

posted Apr 20, 2016, 10:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 10:26 PM ]

Two new poems about haiku, just added to the Poems About Haiku page (gee, where else?) are an untitled poem by Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, and and excerpt from Mary Oliver’s “When Death Comes.” Enjoy!

Random Moments

posted Apr 13, 2016, 10:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 10:30 PM ]

In a few random moments lately, I’ve added the following:
  1. An untitled poem by Michael Ketchek to the Poems About Haiku page.
  2. A quotation from Sammamish deputy mayor Kathleen Huckabay to my Sammamish Haiku page (available via Haiku and Senryu).
  3. A translation of my “Microchip Tanka” to the Tanka page, with a link from the Translations page.
  4. “Instructions for living a life” by Mary Oliver to the Poems About Haiku page.
  5. And I’ve once again updated the Links page.
Have at it!

A Little Potpourri

posted Apr 5, 2016, 1:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 10:33 PM ]

A few miscellaneous updates to this website are the addition of a recently published poem on the Tinywords page (available through Haiku and Senryu), new details and events on the Links and Appearances pages, and the addition of a link on the Books page to my various book listings on the WorldCat website (a lot more there than I would have guessed). And for good measure, I’ve added “Haiku Degree” by Marlene Mountain to the Poems About Haiku page, where I’ve also added a link to Marlene’s “Haiku on Haiku.”

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