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—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, so this site is far from complete, but I hope you enjoy it. 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.
  • Haiku Report 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 ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:55 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Something New 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 ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 10:26 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Random Moments In a few random moments lately, I’ve added the following: An untitled poem by Michael Ketchek to the Poems About Haiku page.A quotation from Sammamish deputy mayor Kathleen ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2016, 10:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A Little Potpourri 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 ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2016, 10:33 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • The Real Discipline of Haiku 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 ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 12:38 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Poor Bashō, Do You Want to Write a Haiku? 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 ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 10:30 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Yet Another New Essay, on Punctuation 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 ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2016, 5:41 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • Another New Essay, on Senryu “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 ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2016, 3:24 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • A Sweep of the Bamboo Broom 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 ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 6:11 PM by Michael Dylan Welch
  • So, Why DO We Write Tanka? Freshly added to the Tanka and Essays pages is “Why Do We Write Tanka?” It includes my introduction to seven essays from a panel discussion sponsored by the Tanka Society ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 8:27 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! If not, 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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