Name: Michael Dylan Welch
Location: Born in Watford, England, and grew up in England, Ghana, Australia, and then Canada. Now living in Sammamish, Washington.
How do you know Cara? NaHaiWriMo, Seabeck, HSA, etc.
How long have you been writing poetry? Since I was a child. I’ve also been writing haiku since I was a teenager, starting in 1976.
What kind of poetry do you write? Haiku, senryu, tanka, and longer poetry (mostly free-form), plus American Sentences and my neon buddha poems (which are short like haiku, but I don’t consider most of them to be haiku).
Please share a poem:
First published in Mosaic #28, 1988, page 82 (University of California, Riverside). Also published in Sand Hill Review #4, Spring 2003, page 39.
A Londoner with hatovercoatclarinet plays amiable songstunesmelodies outside the Royal Festival, command performance inside. His hatovercoatclarinet case are worn, and the tired case lies open where naked reedspenniespounds rest. The music floats sweetly across the Thames played through thin woolgloveswithoutfingers and when the concert ends bowlersgownsducktails waltz like the river by to the sound of a dreamy clarinet.
Enjoyed reading this free-form poem from Michael!
Thanks for showcasing Michael’s poetry, Cara. So much to admire from his overwhelming body of works! Really enjoying this project of yours. Thanks again!
It’s always fun when someone crosses genres in poetry. This was the first non-Japanese form poem I’ve read of Michael’s, and I must say, I’m enjoying glimpsing another side of poets I only know from the haiku world.
Thanks, Cara. If you’d like to see more of my poems that aren’t in Japanese forms, feel free to take a look at https://sites.google.com/site/graceguts/poems. Perhaps start with “The Clarinet” or “Flowers on the Roof of Hell.” Or “Shake the Shaker”? So many hundreds more I could post to the site!
Wow, Michael! I just read some of your longer poems, and they’re wonderful! I don’t know how I managed to miss that part of your blog before. I will be back to read more of them!
Wow! So cool to see this poem by Michael. I like it a lot. Thanks, Cara! 🙂
Great topic, creatively painted on the page. Nice!
Cara, I am so enjoying these little snipets of introduction to the poets in your life! Thank you for taking on a very different (at least to me) approach to the celebration of National Poetry Month.
I have to give credit where credit is due, Marie Elena. I got the idea for this project from poet friend, Angie Werren, who is participating in a project called Couplets: a multi author poetry blog tour. Although I’m not officially taking part in Couplets, I did like the idea of offering up my blog for guest posts. The idea has been enthusiastically received, and it has been so rewarding for me to learn more about poets I know, and to read such stellar poetry. What a wealth of talent out there!