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Pilgrimage to Powell’s

posted by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated ]

A new addition to the Digressions page is “Pilgrimage to Powell’s Books,” about my first visit to the world’s largest bookstore in Portland, Oregon. That was way back in November of 1984, and it’s interesting (at least to me) to see the list of ten books I bought that day.

Seven Suns / Seven Moons

posted Sep 20, 2016, 5:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 5:14 PM ]

It’s here! Today’s the release date for Seven Suns / Seven Moons, my brand-new poetry collaboration with Tanya McDonald, from NeoPoiesis Press. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere. The book features my sequence of 63 “seven suns” poems, followed by Tanya’s sequence of 63 “seven moons” poems, forming a yin and yang of poetic surrealism. The book also includes two rengay and a kasen renku, as well as my afterword, which swims around with eyeball kicks and hydrogen jukeboxes. Tanya and I look forward to giving readings from the book in the near future.

Here and There

posted Sep 19, 2016, 11:04 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 11:32 PM ]

Numerous small updates to the website recently, here and there. One is the addition of a couple of new haiku to the “Sprigs of Spring” page, available through the Haiku and Senryu page. Others are updates to the Appearances page, listing a few new events, and tweaks to my Bio and Links pages. And check out Matthew Rohrer’s “Poem Written with Issa [‘The kids fighting’],” just added to the ever-growing Poems About Haiku page.

The Frame of Haiku

posted Sep 9, 2016, 12:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 12:27 PM ]

Another new addition to the Essays page is “The Frame of Haiku: Awareness of Daily Life,” recently published in Kokako magazine in New Zealand. Short and sweet—take a look.

Two New Rengay

posted Sep 8, 2016, 2:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 2:23 PM ]

Just added to the Rengay page are two rengay that appeared in the New Zealand journal Kokako. They are “Face to Face,” written with Kathabela Wilson aboard a catamaran returning from Catalina Island in Southern California, and “Going Places,” written with Deborah P Kolodji after my flight home from California to Seattle was cancelled. Take a look!

Essay and Book Review from Kyoto Journal

posted Sep 4, 2016, 11:57 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 10:32 PM ]

I was very pleased earlier this year to have my first publication in Kyoto Journal—and not with just one piece but two, which I’ve just added to this website. On the Essays page, look for “Finding the Sky.” And on the Reviews page, look for “Practicing Kindness,” my review of Mitsu Suzuki’s haiku collection, A White Tea Bowl. “Finding the Sky” is one of my favourite essays written in the last few years, about implication in haiku, so I especially hope you’ll check it out.

Postscript and Photos

posted Sep 3, 2016, 9:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 5:15 PM ]

I’ve recently added a new postscript to my comments on the 1995 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest results, available through the Reports and Postscripts pages, and have added numerous book covers to the Books page, including the cover of my forthcoming poetry book, Seven Suns / Seven Moons, cowritten with Tanya McDonald. More details on this collection of surreal haiku (or maybe not haiku) coming soon!

Yes You! Give Rengay a Try

posted Sep 2, 2016, 10:53 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 1:44 PM ]

A new essay on the Essays and Rengay pages is “Give Rengay a Try,” recently published in Makoto, the European Haiku Society journal, and in Cinquesettecinque, the Italian Haiku Association haiku blog. The blog posting appears in an Italian translation by Luca Cenisi. Also included, in English and Italian, is “Recess Bell,” a rengay by me and Garry Gay. So yes, why not give rengay a try? It’s a short, six-verse collaborative poem that develops a central theme using three-line and two-line haiku.

A New Trifold

posted Aug 25, 2016, 7:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 8:45 PM ]

Just added to the Trifolds page is “Shipping the Oars, a set of 23 haiku and senryu published in 2015 and 2016, arranged in a loosely seasonal progression. You can view or download this collection on the Trifold Downloads page, where I also have numerous other trifold flyers of haiku and other poetry for you to enjoy. I make these trifolds to hand out at various poetry events, and I made this latest one for the August 2016 Haiku Society of America national meeting in Portland, Oregon. If you download a copy or print one out, please let me know!

Petals of Ice Cream

posted Aug 16, 2016, 11:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 11:59 PM ]

Just added to my “Metaphor in Haiku essay (available from the Essays and Postscripts pages) is a new postscript about an ice cream poem by Tanya McDonald with an effective metaphor. Meanwhile, the Appearances page sports a few new events I have scheduled for this fall, and I’ve added a link to “Defining Haiku: A Place to Start” on the Essays page. Also look for a new lagniappe (the + sign) on the Quotations page. And yes, there’s more. On “Whole Lotta Nothing” (on my page dedicated to Nothing), look for the new video and three lagniappe links to Nothing . . Arizona.

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