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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Reviews Aplenty

posted Feb 20, 2015, 11:06 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 11:06 PM ]

Two significant new additions to the Reviews page are my reviews of Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers, a book of haiku for children, and Listening to the Rain: An Anthology of Christchurch Haiku and Haibun. Both reviews have never been published, so I’ve also listed them on the Not Previously Published page, together with another addition, on the Poems page, which is a short little unpublished ditty, “When You Wish Upon a Starbucks.” I’ve also added selected links about renku to end of the Collaborations page. Please have a look!

Graceguts Favicon

posted Feb 14, 2015, 8:21 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:24 PM ]

You know those little icons that appear next to website names in the tabs of open websites in your browser? Those icons are called favicons, and I’ve just added one for Graceguts, using an image of my MDW initials created by artist Gary LeBel. In addition to your now seeing a Graceguts favicon in your browser, please also take a look at the Haiga page to see some of Gary LeBel’s haiga using my haiku.

Tweak at the Knees

posted Feb 13, 2015, 10:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 10:10 PM ]

A few tweaks to this website include the addition, on the Translations page, of a link to one of my haiku translated into Akeanon—a language, also known as Aklanon, on the Filipino island of Panay. This brings the number of languages my poems have been translated into up to at least twenty. I’ve also added a new parody at the end of the Parodies, Homages, Allusions page, a poem that parodies one of my own haiku, and have added “snovernight” to the Blips page, both available through the Haiku and Senryu page. Also new is an image of the 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bus placard on the Haiku Invitational page, available through the Digressions page, and I’ve also made a few edits to the Postscript to “A Look to the Future of Haiku in English” available on the Introductions page.

Recess Rush Rengay

posted Feb 10, 2015, 5:04 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 11:57 PM ]

One page I’m particularly proud of here on Graceguts is the Rengay page. It offers more information about rengay and examples of poetry in the rengay form than any other website I know of. It includes all the major essays ever written about rengay, and many dozens of rengay examples for one, two, three, and six writers. For your reading delectation, I’ve just added two new rengay to this page. The first is “Recess Bell,” which I wrote with Garry Gay (rengay’s inventor), and “Starlings Rush,” written with Haiku Canada president Terry Ann Carter. “Recess Bell” won second prize in the 2013 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest, and “Starlings Rush,” won an honourable mention. Both rengay were just published in Mariposa. Speaking of rengay, please take a look at my new book of solo rengay, True Colour.

What, You Want More Additions?

posted Feb 6, 2015, 10:18 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 12:53 AM ]

Just added to the Digressions page is Style Guides, my humble homage to a closet passion—collecting style guides. They’re detailed documents that govern the treatment of text and more in books and newspapers, and in many other contexts, and I love exploring and learning them. Also available on the Digressions page is an expanded description on the Haiku on Sticks page (eventually I’ll add more photos of these installations, too). And on the Haibun page, a new addition is my haibun “Emergency.”

Bits of Commentary

posted Feb 3, 2015, 10:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 8:50 AM ]

The first of two new site additions here is a link to “Home for Christmas” on the Interviews page, which features a poem of mine with commentary by Emiko Miyashita that appeared in Japanese on the Haiku International Association website on 12 August 2005. I’ve also added “A Dish of a Tanka” to the “Appreciating Tanka” section of the Essays page, which offers my assessment of poem by Autumn Noelle Hall recently published in the Tanka Society of America membership anthology, All the Shells. Please have a look! And check out the Appearances page, which has a number of new additions and updates, too.

Joy and Wonder

posted Feb 1, 2015, 12:10 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 12:10 PM ]

I’ve made three recent additions to this site. One is to feature three Russian translations by Michael Baru of my haiku, at The Haiku Anthology—Russian, available on the Haiku and Senryu page. The other two additions are both on the Poems by Others page: “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver and “Welcome Morning” by Anne Sexton. Both poems speak to the joy and wonder that haiku poets—and indeed all poets—have for the world around them.

National Haiku Writing Month

posted Feb 1, 2015, 1:34 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 11:23 PM ]

It’s February 1, so you know what that means! It’s National Haiku Writing Month, or NaHaiWriMo, held every February. The idea is is to write at least one haiku a day for each day during the month of February—the shortest month of the year for the shortest genre of poetry. For more details, visit the NaHaiWriMo website, and join in at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook. There are even French and Bulgarian pages for NaHaiWriMo on Facebook! And if you've not read it before, do yourself a favour and check out my essay on the NaHaiWriMo logo, Why ‘No 5-7-5’? And get out those pens and notebooks so you can join us in writing a new haiku every day!

See the Boynton Blog post about NaHaiWriMo.

Poems from Tinywords

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:45 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 10:45 PM ]

A new addition to the Haiku and Senryu page is Tinywords, a collection of my poems that have been published (usually republished) in the online journal Tinywords. Also included are links to each appearance online, together with sometimes extensive comments in response to each poem. Have a look!

Pieces and Bits

posted Jan 23, 2015, 6:48 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 10:28 PM ]

I’ve just added a trio of blurbs and comments about my latest book on the True Colour page, together with information about the launch reading on 6 December 2014, and a video of the reading. On the Poems page, I’ve added “Anagrams of Mass Destruction,” an unpublished poem of mine from 2005, which I’m unlikely to get published anywhere else because of its topicality. Also check out the Anagrams page, where I’ve added an image showing anagrams of my own name (with a slightly hidden message). And in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page, I’ve just added Ron Padgett’s “Haiku,” Lisa Fishman’s “Orfordville,” and Christopher Arigo’s “I found a geophysicist.” Please take a look!

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