This blog focuses mostly on what’s new on the Graceguts site, but may have other occasional quiddities. Enjoy! And if you have any comments, please let me know
“Haiku Neighbours: North American Haiku Today”
is the title of my keynote address for the 15th annual Haiku International Association conference, held 30 November 2013 in Tokyo. I’ve just added this speech to the Essays
page (also linked to from the Speeches
page), complete with a Japanese translation and a selection of photos from the event. This presentation outlines major successes and activities in contemporary North American haiku, and concludes with three problems that need greater attention.
New delectations on the Poems by Others
page are Hayden Carruth’s “While Reading Bashō,”
added to the “Poems About Haiku” section, and Alexander Pope’s “Sound and Sense.”
And speaking of Pope, I’ve also added “Poets in the Park 2005: Opening Remarks”
to the Speeches
page. I thought I had lost this text, as I did not have it on my computer, but recently came across a printout. This was the welcome talk I gave to attendees of the 2005 Poets in the Park conference I directed in Redmond, Washington, in which I describe the serendipitous experience I had when visiting Pope’s Manor in Binfield, England. It is still an amazing story.
Three new additions to the Poems by Others
page are “Young Poets,”
a brilliant short piece by Chilean poet Nicanor Parra, translated by Miller Williams, and two anonymous lighter additions to the “Poems about Haiku” section: “Limerick”
Have at ’em!
The graceguts.com domain name is now properly assigned to the Graceguts site (previously it just redirected to my Google Sites URL). Nice to finally have it hooked up properly. As far as I know, all links to prior URLs will still work okay.
A new set of haiku just added to the Haiku and Senryu
page is “Memorial Haiku,”
collecting poems I’ve written over the years for haiku poets who have died. Please also see the “Memorial Haibun” section of the Haibun
page for longer tributes to the same poets, plus others.
Some miscellaneous additions to this website are four new quotations in the On Haiku
page (by Ezra Bayda, Alan Watts, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Leo Tolstoy), and “Bedroom Conversation,”
a brief email exchange I had with Marijke Verkaik about ekphrastic poetry and in particular my poem “Bedroom in Arles.”
And new to the Haiku and Senryu
page is “Wintering,”
a sequence of seven haiku that recently appeared in Solitary Plover
. Please take a look—and feel free to stay a while.
If you’re lucky, every once in a while you witness a miracle, or something amazing. On 1 September 2012, I was exactly that lucky. What happened took place in front of 600 people, thanks to haiku, at the Seattle Japanese Garden’s annual moonviewing event. Read the story at “A Modest Proposal,”
just added to the Haibun
Some new poems that talk about or celebrate haiku now appear in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others
page. These include “Old Pond,”
with song lyrics by Allen Ginsberg, “What Issa Heard”
by David Budbill, and, on the lighter side, a “Knock, Knock”
poem, or joke, as the case may be. Can you resist?