This blog focuses mostly on what’s new or revised on the Graceguts site, owned and operated by Michael Dylan Welch, but may have other occasional quiddities. Enjoy! And if you have any comments,
please let me know.          +

Learning from Ezra Pound

posted Feb 13, 2018, 6:32 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:32 PM ]

A significant new addition to the Essays page is “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste: Learning from Ezra Pound,” which is previously unpublished. It presents Pound’s seminal 1913 essay with numerous annotations that explain, expand, and sometimes take issue. These comments are all in the context of applying the essay to haiku poetry, which of course influenced the essay in the first place. I also link to this new addition from my annotated response to Lorraine Ellis Harr’s “Isn’ts of Haiku,” which shares some degree of resemblance. Meanwhile, I’ve also added several new links to the Further Reading and Interviews page.

Typos Keep Happening

posted Feb 7, 2018, 1:13 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 1:14 PM ]

Just added to my “Typos Happen! page, available through the Digressions page, is a description of a recently discovered typo in one of my tanka. Scroll down to item #4 to read the thrilling story.

A Memorial Haibun

posted Feb 2, 2018, 12:17 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:17 PM ]

New to the “Memorial Haibun” section of the Haibun page is “Saluting Kat Creighton.” Kat was halfway through her month as guest prompter on the National Haiku Writing Month page on Facebook when she died suddenly in 2014, leaving her month of prompts unfinished. I’ve added a new memorial poem for her to augment this memorial announcement I had previously posted to the NaHaiWriMo website.

And the Winner Is . . .

posted Jan 6, 2018, 7:19 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

Over the years I’ve judged numerous haiku contests, and I’ve documented most of the results—with my commentaryon the Reports page. However, I’d never added many others, and have just caught up with all results that I have an electronic record of (meaning that I don’t have a record of other contests I’ve judged, generally before 2000). So, just added to the Reports page are all the following contest results, most with extensive commentary.
Another change is that I moved all my “2017 Appearances” listings to their own new archived page and updated the Appearances page to focus on 2018 events. I also added four more quotations at the end of Your Thoughts. Enjoy!

Teaching Haiku

posted Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 PM ]

Happy new year! All the best for 2018 to all readers of Graceguts. To start off the new year, a new addition on the Essays and Haiku Workshops pages is “Notes on Teaching Haiku,” written in 2008 in response to a query I received about teaching haiku. Perhaps it’s useful to others who might also be called to teach others about haiku poetry. Here’s to a great year ahead!

Raku Teapot Contest

posted Dec 31, 2017, 9:35 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 31, 2017, 9:36 PM ]

To wrap up the year 2017, a new addition to this website is “2004 Raku Teapot Award,” available through the Reports page. This text features the results of a contest I cojudged in 2004 with Hortensia Anderson. Raku Teapot was a private, invitation-only online haiku discussion group that ran from January of 2001 until late 2004 or early 2005. In 2003, the group published a book, Raku Teapot Haiku, featuring 143 poems by twenty-four contributing poets, together with a compact disc of all poems performed by the poets. Meanwhile, here’s to a great year ahead!

Two Things

posted Dec 28, 2017, 3:56 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 28, 2017, 3:56 PM ]

Just added to the Poems by Others page is “The Times-Herald that day had good news,” by Susan Oakes. I’ve always loved this Christmas poem. Meanwhile, over on the Haibun page, a new addition is “Physical,” a brief haibun inspired by my children. A few other miscellaneous tweaks, link updates, and typo fixes elsewhere too.

Funny . . . Or Not

posted Dec 21, 2017, 11:25 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 11:06 PM ]

Newly available through the Digressions page is That Ain’t Funny, a landing page for various items throughout Graceguts that might (ahem) be funny. Or not. It includes sections devoted to essays, parodies, poems, and other material. Can you resist it?

Selected Poems from Earthsigns

posted Dec 20, 2017, 12:15 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 12:15 PM ]

Just added to the Press Here and Books pages are links to forty-six sample poems from the 2017 Haiku North America conference anthology, Earthsigns, which I edited with Scott Wiggerman. This anthology is the largest in the conference’s history, featuring 183 poems submitted by most of the conference’s 220+ attendees. The conference took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September of 2017.

Yes, Another Rengay

posted Dec 19, 2017, 11:47 AM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Just added to the Rengay page is “With Each Step,” written on the theme of shoes with Japanese poet Ryu Yotsuya. We wrote this rengay in Kamakura, Japan on 22 October 2002. It may well be the first rengay ever written in Japan, as I know of no others written previous to this. I’m pleased to have finally published this collaboration, in Hedgerow #120. Step right up and have a look!

1-10 of 515