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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Big Brother Is Watching Your Haiku . . .

posted May 4, 2016, 12:20 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated May 4, 2016, 12:21 PM ]

New on the Essays page is “Politics and the English-Language Haiku: Learning from George Orwell,” one of my series of “learning from” essays, recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal. It explores Orwell’s famous essay on writing, applying what it has to say to haiku. I’ve also added a photo to the Trifolds page, new links to the Links page, and various updates to the Appearances and Books pages.

Haiku Report

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 6:55 PM ]

It’s been a while since I added anything to my Reports page. Check out the 2016 Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Contest Winners, complete with my commentary. This was a small contest I judged in the spring of 2016. Congratulations to the winners.

Something New

posted Apr 20, 2016, 10:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 10:26 PM ]

Two new poems about haiku, just added to the Poems About Haiku page (gee, where else?) are an untitled poem by Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, and and excerpt from Mary Oliver’s “When Death Comes.” Enjoy!

Random Moments

posted Apr 13, 2016, 10:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 10:30 PM ]

In a few random moments lately, I’ve added the following:
  1. An untitled poem by Michael Ketchek to the Poems About Haiku page.
  2. A quotation from Sammamish deputy mayor Kathleen Huckabay to my Sammamish Haiku page (available via Haiku and Senryu).
  3. A translation of my “Microchip Tanka” to the Tanka page, with a link from the Translations page.
  4. “Instructions for living a life” by Mary Oliver to the Poems About Haiku page.
  5. And I’ve once again updated the Links page.
Have at it!

A Little Potpourri

posted Apr 5, 2016, 1:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 10:33 PM ]

A few miscellaneous updates to this website are the addition of a recently published poem on the Tinywords page (available through Haiku and Senryu), new details and events on the Links and Appearances pages, and the addition of a link on the Books page to my various book listings on the WorldCat website (a lot more there than I would have guessed). And for good measure, I’ve added “Haiku Degree” by Marlene Mountain to the Poems About Haiku page, where I’ve also added a link to Marlene’s “Haiku on Haiku.”

The Real Discipline of Haiku

posted Apr 4, 2016, 11:48 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 12:38 PM ]

More than once I’ve heard haiku neophytes defend their counting of syllables in haiku because they say they like the “discipline.” What they don’t realize is that Japanese haiku don’t count syllables at all, but something different. Furthermore, the superficial discipline of syllable counting obscures far more challenging and more important disciplines for the haiku art. Read about “The Discipline of Haiku,” newly added to the Essays page. This essay appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal in March of 2016.

Poor Bashō, Do You Want to Write a Haiku?

posted Mar 27, 2016, 3:43 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 10:30 PM ]

I love poems about haiku. Three new additions in that department, on the Poems About Haiku page, are Stephen Addiss’s “if there is,” Marlene Mountain’s collage poem, “Poor Bashō,” and a little ditty I put together (with heckling from my family), called “Do You Want to Write a Haiku?” Please enjoy.

Yet Another New Essay, on Punctuation

posted Mar 23, 2016, 8:18 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 5:41 PM ]

Well, okay, it’s an old essay, but it’s newly added to the Essays page. “Punctuation in Haiku” was originally developed for a workshop I presented at the 1993 Haiku North America conference (I think!), and adapted into a greatly shortened essay that appeared in Geppo in 1997. I’ve just added that essay, along with an extensive new postscript that comments on the poem selections. While I’d be more stringent on the poems Id choose now than I was then, I hope the essay remains useful for its classification of various sorts of punctuation, and how the example poems illustrate each category.

Another New Essay, on Senryu

posted Mar 22, 2016, 1:23 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 24, 2016, 3:24 PM ]

“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Haiku and Senryu But Were Too Busy Writing to Ask” has just been posted to the Essays page. This short essay recently appeared in Prune Juice, and seeks to untangle some of the confusion between haiku and senryu. The difference is either really simple, or really complicated, but some of us aren’t sure which.

A Sweep of the Bamboo Broom

posted Mar 20, 2016, 6:02 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 6:11 PM ]

An essay I’ve just added to the Essays page is “Unfolding Destiny: Harold G. Henderson’s The Bamboo Broom.” This essay recently appeared in the Haiku Foundation journal Juxta, and assesses Henderson’s 1934 book, asserting that much of its content is still relevant today, even if the translations (with their rhyme, titles, and convoluted syntax) are severely dated. Read this essay to see the amazing information about haiku that Henderson first made available in English through this groundbreaking early book.

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