I’ve been reviewing the situation. The following reviews focus mainly on haiku and tanka books, and were first published from about 1990 onward. As a result, some of these reviews may include ordering details that are no longer accurate. These are reviews I’ve written; for reviews of my books written by others, I provide links on the Books page, where available. See also Blurbs (which are a kind of review) and Recommended Books on Haiku. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

★ = most recommended reviews (start with these)

Poetry Books

Archipelago by Arthur Sze

Kyoto’s Spirit of Place, Revealed

Shadows of Moments: A Review of Paul E. Nelson’s American Sentences

You Can’t Be Serious by Ronald Wallace

Haiku Anthologies

Climbing Mole Hill: An Anthology of Haiku and Haiga for the Republic of Mole Hill

Beginning: British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2016

The Dover Haiku Anthology: A Review [previously unpublished]

Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology

Haiku Anthology: Second International Haiku Conference

Haiku Iz Rata: War Haiku

Haiku 21 (see also Notes on Gendai Haiku”)

Impressions of Morning: Haiku by World Children

Listening to the Rain [previously unpublished]

Recognizing Influences: The Unswept Path

World Haiku 2005

Individual Haiku and Senryu Collections

Alachua: North Florida Haiku by Kenneth C. Leibman

Along the Way by Gilles Fabre

American Gothic by Steven Carter

At Bat by Cor van den Heuvel

Between Waves by Alexis Rotella

Buzz by David Jacobs

Chester Creek Ravine by Bart Sutter

Chrysanthemum Dusk by Susan B. Auld

Clocking Out by Carlos Colón [previously unpublished]

Complex Echoes: A Review of North Lake by Ce Rosenow

Dandelion Seeds by Arvinder Kaur

Desert Wind by Ferenc Bakos

Drumming in the Free World by Kim Redshaw

The Essence of Modern Haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi

The Fingertips of a Glassblower by Bill Cooper

First Frost by Zhu Hao

Flamingo Shapes by John Barlow

From the Upper Room by anne mckay

Getting On by Ernest J. Berry

Grandma’s Chip Bowl by David Jacobs

Grit, Grace, and Gold by Kit Pancoast Nagamura

The Haiku Bag by Naomi Beth Wakan

Haiku Chiaroscuro by David Cobb

Haiku Edge: New and Selected Haiku by Robert Epstein

Haiku, Green Tea & Sushi by Ernest J. Berry [see previously unpublished longer version]

Happy Wake Up by Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički

Horizon by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Hundreds of Wishes by Francine Porad

Joy in Me Still by George Swede

Monsoon by William Hart

Noddy by Robert Spiess

One Leaf Detaches by Margaret Chula

ongoing song: the voice of anne mckay

The Open Eye by Lenard D. Moore

A Path of Desire: Tan Renga by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka

Practicing Kindness: Mitsu Suzuki’s A White Tea Bowl

Puerto Rico by Anita Virgil

The Regulars by Matthew Paul and Waiting for the Seventh Wave by John Barlow

Senryu: Poems of the People by J. C. Brown

Small Things Make Me Laugh by Yu Chang

Snow Bones by Masaya Saito

39 Haiku by Robert Kania

Voice of the Cicada by Raffael de Gruttola

Wall Street Park: A Concrete Renku by Raffael de Gruttola and Carlos Colón

Wanting the Mouth of a Lover by Charles Gramlich [previously unpublished]

Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku by Pat Boran

What Light There Is by Sylvia Forges-Ryan

Winnows by Maxianne Berger

Young Osprey by Bill Cooper

Books About Haiku

African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, edited by John Zheng [see unpublished longer version]

Contextualization Icebergs: A Review of On Haiku by Hiroaki Sato

Discovering Fire by David Grayson

The Haiku Seasons by William J. Higginson

JuxtaOne and JuxtaTwo, edited by Peter McDonald

Renga Roots: Haiku Before Haiku by Steven D. Carter

Sharing Experience: Robert Aitken’s River of Heaven

Shiki’s Winter: Donald Keene’s The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Three Simple Lines by Natalie Goldberg

Books for Children or Young Adults

Birds on a Wire by J. Patrick Lewis and Paul B. Janeczko

Feeling Haiku Through Thin Wood Walls by David Patneaude

Least Things by Jane Yolen

Origami Pinwheels by Kay L. Tracy

Three Tanka Books for Children (Tony Medina’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, Robert Paul Weston’s Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms, and Nikki Grimes’ Garvey’s Choice)

Two Books for Children (Keisuke Nishimoto’s Haiku Picturebook for Children and Matthew Gollub’s Cool Melons—Turn to Frogs!) [previously unpublished]

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers by Gloria Whelan [previously unpublished]

Novels Featuring Haiku

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

Feeling Haiku Through Thin Wood Walls by David Patneaude

The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart


Requiem by Karl Jenkins

Sigmatropic: Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories

Tanka Anthologies

All About Love

Modern Tanka in Japan [not strictly a review, but related]

Only the Bulbs

Outcry from the Inferno: A Book Review

Individual Tanka Collections

Short Songs: Tanka Poems by Amelia Fielden

This Hunger, Tissue-Thin by Larry Kimmel

A Sprig of Thyme by Reiko Nakagawa

Like Salt on Sun Spray by Pamela Miller Ness

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes

The Cold Moon Watching by Helen Robinson

Tracing Your Ribs by Claudia Rosemary Coutu

Directions in Tanka: Kenneth Tanemura’s No Love Poems [previously unpublished]

Other Tanka Books

Surveying Recent Tanka Criticism

Takuboku Ishikawa and Bokusui Wakayama in English and Spanish translated by Harue Aoki

Tanka Elbow Room

The Way of Tanka by Naomi Beth Wakan

Three Tanka Books for Children (Tony Medina’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, Robert Paul Weston’s Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms, and Nikki Grimes’ Garvey’s Choice)