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The Way of Tanka

posted Aug 20, 2017, 12:51 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 12:51 AM ]

New to the Reviews page (also available through the Tanka page) is my review of The Way of Tanka by Naomi Beth Wakan. This lengthy review appeared in the July 2017 issue (#29) of Atlas Poetica. Naomi’s book is important for being a rare how-to book focusing on tanka poetry. Although it’s groundbreaking and a pleasure to read, it is not without its weaknesses, which this review explores.

The Mysticism of the Ordinary

posted Aug 6, 2017, 12:01 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 11:41 PM ]

A new contribution to the “Learning From” section of my Essays page is “The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience: Learning Haiku from James P. Carse.” This essay, just published in Presence, unpacks various connections between haiku poetry and an appreciation of the ordinary through both philosophical and popular perceptions of mysticism. Meanwhile, also check out “For the Birds,” a rengay I wrote with Gina Cohen and Nicholas Klacsanzky, just added to the Rengay page, also recently from Presence.

Historical Rengay

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:27 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 4:00 PM ]

A new addition to the “Historical Rengay” section of the Rengay page is “Between Storms,” a rengay by John Thompson and Garry Gay, which I believe to be the first rengay ever published (although not the first to be written). It appeared in January 1993 in the Romanian haiku journal Albatross, complete with a Romanian translation. This rengay also included a short overview of the rengay form, surely helpful to readers when no other rengay had ever been published. I also include a postscript (also linked to from the Postscripts page) that considers both the rengay and the overview statement as formative steps in the development of the rengay genre. I have also made other updates to the Rengay page to improve the structure and clarity of the content.


posted Aug 3, 2017, 1:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 1:51 PM ]

It’s not often I add a short story to Graceguts. But new on the Stories page (and available through the Essays page) is “The neon buddha attends his first haikucon,” which was published in Frogpond in July of 2017. Having some fun here, especially with the Haiku North America conference just around the corner next month!

Celebrating Frogpond’s Fortieth Anniversary

posted Jul 31, 2017, 11:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 11:58 PM ]

The Essays page now features “Museum of Haiku Literature Awards: A Retrospective Selection,” a piece I wrote for Frogpond for its fortieth anniversary year, published in 40:2, spring/summer 2017. It assembles poems selected from the entire history of the awards, with commentary plus introductory and concluding thoughts.

More Rengay

posted Jul 24, 2017, 11:10 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 11:10 AM ]

I’m getting a lot of rengay published lately. Two new ones, just published in Skylark, are “Caving In” with Angela Leuck and “Don’t Fence Me In” with Sheila Sondik, which you can access through the Rengay page. And in case you missed it, check out “The Last Ferry,” written with Penny Harter and Tanya McDonald, which recently appeared in Raven Chronicles Journal.

Tanka Time

posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 4:42 PM ]

A new addition to the Tanka page (also available through the “Tanka” section of the Essays page) is a short appreciation, “Four Favourite Tanka,” published more than ten years ago in Gusts. Also on the Tanka page, please find “Endless Circles,” a tanka sequence written with David John Terelinck, with my contributions consisting of recently rediscovered tanka written about twenty years ago. Time flies with tanka!

For the Love of Clerihews

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM ]

Freshly added to the Poems page, and linked to from the Haiku and Senryu page, is “Clerihews for Haiku Editors—Past, with twenty-two delectable four-line silly poems in the clerihew form, each poem about a former editor of a haiku journal, or sometimes a senryu journal. Watch for more, featuring present editors, in the not too distant future.

Even in Seattle

posted Jul 16, 2017, 11:14 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 16, 2017, 10:38 PM ]

New to the Essays page is “Even in Seattle: An Introduction to Haiku Poetry,” covering both Japanese and English-language haiku, recently published in Raven Chronicles Journal. Also newly sprouted on the Rengay page is “The Last Ferry,” a rengay I wrote with Penny Harter and Tanya McDonald, also just published in Raven Chronicles Journal. It’s great to write poetry, especially in Seattle.

Haibun Definitions

posted Jul 12, 2017, 1:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 4:50 PM ]

A major new addition to the Essays and Introductions pages is “A Survey of Haibun Definitions: Introduction to Wedge of Light,” from my press’s 1999 anthology, which presented results from the first haibun contest ever held in the English language. A new postscript provides updates and clarifications regarding haibun since 1999. And speaking of Postscripts, I’ve also added a new postscript to my “Haiku Stances” essay, regarding “therapeutic” and “creative” stances.

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