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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There Once Was a Limerick About Haiku

posted Mar 24, 2015, 10:40 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 3:49 PM ]

Hold your horses! You can now read “There once was a fellow named Jim,” a limerick of my very own creation, about haiku, now available in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page (even though I wrote it myself). I’ve also ensconced this delectable poetic tour de force on the Limericks page, available through the Poems page. Top that!

The Tanka Society of America’s Formation and Future

posted Mar 20, 2015, 11:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 10:41 PM ]

An essay I wrote on the formation of the Tanka Society of America now appears in the “Tanka” section of the Essays page, in two versions. The shorter published version was just published in Ribbons 11:1, Winter 2015. I’ve also posted an unpublished version, about twice as long as the published version, which provides more details and lists more names of the people who have helped with Tanka Society of America activities over the years. The longer version contains everything that appears in the shorter version. This essay was written to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Tanka Society of America, which I founded in 2000. I convened the societys first meeting on 14 April 2000, in Decatur, Illinois.

Sure I Kana

posted Mar 17, 2015, 12:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 10:55 PM ]

Newly added to the Essays page is “Kana,” a response I wrote to an essay published in Orion Magazine in 2008 by Chris Dombrowski. Updates on my Appearances page too!

Haiku Getaway

posted Mar 7, 2015, 9:48 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 9:49 AM ]

Just added to the Reports page is “Sound Haiku: The 2014 Seabeck Haiku Getaway,” my summary of the latest Haiku Northwest retreat, which I direct. The 2014 retreat was the busiest yet, and also had our biggest attendance. Join us for the next Seabeck Haiku Getaway, October 1–4, 2015, in Seabeck, Washington!

Poets Say the Darndest Things

posted Mar 6, 2015, 9:22 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 9:24 PM ]

A few new additions here, mostly in the “Poems About Haiku” section of the Poems by Others page. Newly added are Marsh Muirhead’s “Releasing the Animals (the anti-haiku),” Garrison Keillor’s “Haiku Corner: On Charlie Rose,” Rob Shore’s “A Long Haiku,” and Rolf Nelson’s untitled “haiku” about refrigerators (complete with T-shirt photo). I’ve also added a new poem to the top of the Tinywords haiku collection, available through the Haiku and Senryu page, and a few new updates on my Appearances page.

My First Trip to Japan

posted Mar 3, 2015, 7:40 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 7:41 PM ]

Just added to the Essays page is “First Trip to Japan,” a previously unpublished excerpt of a letter I’d written about my trip, taken in December of 2000 and January of 2001. My descriptions skip so much, especially all the sights we saw in Kyoto, but it’s still a pleasing record of my first impressions of Japan.

A Whale of a Haibun

posted Feb 28, 2015, 11:52 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 11:52 AM ]

Just added to the Haibun page is my new haibun, “Whales,” which appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Frogpond (but was first written in 2007). That issue also included this haiku of mine:

pull of tonight’s moon—
the harbour lighthouse
a little taller

True Colours

posted Feb 27, 2015, 2:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 27, 2015, 3:14 PM ]

Just posted to the True Colour page, available through the Rengay page, is my solo rengay, “True Colours,” which was just published in Rattle #47, Spring 2015. I’ve also updated by Bio and Appearances pages with extensive new edits and additions, and have added new content to the second annotation in Lorraine Ellis Harr’s “ISN’Ts of Haiku,” available through the Essays page.

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.

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