Call this a poetry magazine, if you like. Something authentic and delirious. Graceguts has just one main contributor. This is a place for poems, essays, stories, book reviews, and other materials that Ive written or created—plus a few surprises. I add to it organically, focusing on published work. Ive published thousands of poems, mostly haiku and related genres, as well as hundreds of essays and book reviews, and I hope you enjoy them. If youre new to this site, please visit First Time Here. Thank you for visiting.
—Michael Dylan Welch       

Recent Graceguts Blog Posts

Click any of the following links to read about recent site additions or other featured pages.
  • The Way of Tanka 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 ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 12:51 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • The Mysticism of the Ordinary 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 ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2017, 11:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Historical Rengay 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 ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:00 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haikucon 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 ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 1:51 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Celebrating Frogpond’s Fortieth Anniversary 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 ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 11:58 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • More Rengay 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 ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2017, 11:10 AM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Tanka Time 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 ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:42 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • For the Love of Clerihews 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 ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Even in Seattle 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 ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 10:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Haibun Definitions 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 ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2017, 4:50 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
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Featured Pages

Featured pages appeared here each month from October 2009 through December 2012. In January 2013 I discontinued this listing in favour of the automated list of recent blog posts, above, which mostly feature recent additions. See featured pages from past months.

Make It New

If this is your first visit, everything here is new! Check out First Time Here. If this is not your first visit, and you want to see whats most recently added or changed on this site, click Recent Site Activity. Or better yet, visit Blogistics, the blog for this site, devoted mainly to identifying recent additions. And to see what I’ve been up to personally, or will soon be up to, please see my Appearances page, which, naturally, I keep up as best I can.

Catch Me If You Can

If you have comments about anything on this site, or discover a broken or misdirected link, please feel free to contact Michael Dylan Welch. Comments very welcome! If your comments are relevant to a particular page, I could possibly add your comments to that page (with your permission).


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