I’ve been reviewing the situation. The following reviews (and many mini-reviews) focus mainly on haiku and tanka books, and were first published, mainly in Woodnotes, from about 1990 onward. As a result, some of these reviews may include ordering details, especially addresses and prices, that are no longer accurate. These are reviews I’ve written; for reviews of my books written by others, I provide links mainly on the Books page, where available, and sometimes on the Commentary page. 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)

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African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, edited by John Zheng [see unpublished longer version]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

Creativity: A New Psychology by George Swede [not strictly about haiku]

Discovering Fire by David Grayson

Essentially Oriental: R. H. Blyth Selection, edited by Kuniyoshi Munakata and Michael Guest

The Genius of Haiku: Readings from R. H. Blyth, edited by David Cobb

Haiga: Takebe Sōchō and the Haiku-Painting Tradition by Stephen Addiss

Haiku and Zen: The Bodhisattva of Forgetfulness by Brian Tasker

The Haiku Bag by Naomi Beth Wakan

Haiku Compass: Directions in the Poetical Map of the United States of America by William J. Higginson

The Haiku Habit by Jeanne Emrich

Haiku: One Breath Poetry by Naomi Wakan

A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968–1988

The Haiku Seasons by William J. Higginson

Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, by William J. Higginson

JuxtaOne and JuxtaTwo, edited by Peter McDonald

Oasis in the Heart by Toshimi Horiuchi

On My Mind, an interview with Anita Virgil by vincent tripi

Raking Sand, an interview with Virginia Brady Young by vincent tripi

Renga Roots: Haiku Before Haiku by Steven D. Carter

The Seasons in Haikai by William J. Higginson

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

Tribe: Meditations of a Haiku Poet by vincent tripi

Writing Across Cultures: A Handbook on Writing Poetry & Lyrical Prose by Edna Kovacs

A Year’s Speculations on Haiku by Robert Spiess

Haiku and Senryu Collections

Alachua: North Florida Haiku by Kenneth C. Leibman

All Eyes by Francine Porad

Along the Way by Gilles Fabre

a matter of wings by anne mckay

American Gothic by Steven Carter

American Senryu by James D. Hodgson

American Zen by a Guy Who Tried It by Steve Sanfield

Among Floating Duckweed by Bruce Ross

At Bat by Cor van den Heuvel

at mull river by anne mckay

At the Zendō by Penny Harter

Autumn Wind in the Cracks by Tom Clausen

Awareness Beyond Mind by Kenneth Verity

Before All the Leaves Are Gone by Gary Hotham

Bending with the Wind by Nick Avis

Between Two Waves by H. F. Noyes

Between Waves by Alexis Rotella

Bluegrey by Martin Lucas

Border Crossing: Haiku and Related Poetry by Jean Jorgensen

Braided Rug by sally l. nichols and Carol Purington

The Butterfly’s Weight by vincent tripi

Buzz by David Jacobs

can i get there by candle by anne mckay

Cascadia by William Scott Galasso

Chester Creek Ravine by Bart Sutter

Chrysanthemum Dusk by Susan B. Auld

Clocking Out by Carlos Colón

Cold Moon: Erotic Haiku by Gabriel Rosenstock

come at nine come at nine by anne mckay

Complex Echoes: A Review of North Lake by Ce Rosenow

Cricket Song by John Thompson

Cry of the Hawk by Hank Dunlap

Curve of Light by Elizabeth St Jacques

curve into curve by anne mckay

Dance of Light by Elizabeth St Jacques

Dandelion Seeds by Arvinder Kaur

Darkness & Light by Martin Lucas

A Dash Through Leaves by Penny Griffin

Desert Wind by Ferenc Bakos

Drawings Among Haiku by Ion Codrescu

Driveway from Childhood by Pamela Miller Ness

Drumming in the Free World by Kim Redshaw

The Duck’s Wake by Jeff Witkin

Eating Blowfish by Frank Higgins

Emerald Rain by William Scott Galasso

The Essence of Modern Haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi

Extended Wings: Haiku and Tanka by Francine Porad

The Fingertips of a Glassblower by Bill Cooper

First Frost by Zhu Hao

Flamingo Shapes by John Barlow

Fog Lifting by Francine Porad

footprints by Nick Avis

Forest House with Cat by Edith Marcombe Shiffert

Foxes in the Garden and Other Prose Pieces by Patricia Neubauer

Frogs Singing by Nika [Jim Force]

From the Upper Room by anne mckay

Getting On by Ernest J. Berry

Grandma’s Chip Bowl by David Jacobs

Grinding My Ink by Margaret Chula

Grit, Grace, and Gold by Kit Pancoast Nagamura

Haiku by Bill Albert

Haiku and Sumi-e by Lidia Rozmus

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]

Haiku Tapestry by Naomi Y. Brown

Hairs & Hawk Circles by Gary Hotham

Happy Wake Up by Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički

Home Sick From Work by John Sheirer

Horizon by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Housebound in Nirvana by Brian Tasker

Hundreds of Wishes by Francine Porad

In and Out of Fog by Lee Gurga

I Smell Something Foul by Alison Herschberg

Joy in Me Still by George Swede

Joy Is My Middle Name by Francine Porad

Jumping from Kiyomizu: A Haiku Sequence by David Cobb

Just a Moment by Jim Norton

Ladles and Jellyspoons by Francine Porad

Landings Soft by Elizabeth St Jacques

Layers of Content by Werner Reichhold

Mandalas by Edna Kovacs

Monsoon by William Hart

A Moon in Each Eye by Charles B. Dickson

The Moon Tonight by Cathy Drinkwater Better

Mountain Climbing by Carlos Colón

The Mown Meadow by Wally Swist

Moyayama: Russian Haiku: A Diary by Alexey V. Andreyev

Musical Chairs: A Haiku Journey Through Childhood by Alexis Rotella

The Music of Tree Limbs by Marsh Cassady

My Haiku Journey by Jack Stamm

The Neighbor’s Red Car by John Sheirer

Nine Steps: A Japanese Garden in the Fog by Wilma M. Erwin and Brad J. Wolthers

Noddy by Robert Spiess

No Love Poems by Kenneth Tanemura [also includes tanka]

No Reason At All by John Brandi and Steve Sanfield

Notes from a Humdrum: A Year in Haiku by Brian Tasker

Nothing Sensible: Erotic Haiku by Sue Dering

101 Corporate Haiku by William Warriner

One Hundred Butterflies by Peter Levitt

One Jumps Free by Kevin Hull

One Leaf Detaches by Margaret Chula

ongoing song: the voice of anne mckay

The Open Eye by Lenard D. Moore

Out of Cassiopeia by Charles B. Dickson

Paris by William Hart

The Patchwork Quilt by Francine Porad

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

Practicing Kindness: Mitsu Suzuki’s A White Tea Bowl

Presents of Mind by Jim Kacian

Puerto Rico by Anita Virgil

A Ragbag of Haiku by Brian Tasker

Rectangle of Light by Marje A. Dyck

The Regulars by Matthew Paul

A Ribbon of Silver Thread by Joseph Kirschner

River by Phyllis Walsh

Row of Pine: A Collection of Haiku by Jeff Winke

Rumblestrips by John Sheirer

Rumours of Snow by anne mckay

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

Sexy Hieroglyphics by Laurie Fox

Silent Stones, Empty Passageways by Jean Dubois

Silver Mine by Walter Liggett

Silver Path of Moon: Haibun by Janice M. Bostok

A Simple Universe by Sonō Uchida

Skipped Stones: Faces in Time by Harvey Hess

The Slant of Winter Light by Randal Johnson

A Slip of Bamboo: A Collection of Haiku from Maui by Victor C. Pellegrino

Small Things Make Me Laugh by Yu Chang

Snow Bones by Masaya Saito

Snow Falling on Snow by vincent tripi

Something Unerasable by John Stevenson

A String of Monarchs by Alexis Rotella and Florence Miller

Students Breathing by John Sheirer

Summer in Italy by Jerry Ball

Tendrils of the Eye by George Knox

Tenement Landscapes by Paul David Mena

39 Haiku by Robert Kania

This Moment by Margaret Chula

Trawlers by Sam Savage

Two Little Girls: Haiku for Fun by Patricia Neubauer

Unsold Flowers by Ion Codrescu

Vermilion Falling by William Scott Galasso

Voice of the Cicada by Raffael de Gruttola

Waiting for the Seventh Wave by John Barlow

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

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

Waterlily Shadows by Margaret Molarsky

Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku by Pat Boran

What Light There Is by Sylvia Forges-Ryan

White by vincent tripi

Wild Strawberries by Winona Baker

Winding the Clock Again by Jerry Ball

Windmill Shadows: A Hunter’s Book of Haiku by John Howard Laugenour

The Wind’s View: A Selection of Haiku by Gary Hotham

Wings of Moonlight by Garry Gay

Winnows by Maxianne Berger

Woodsmoke by Brian Tasker

Wooing the Meadowlark by Mary Fran Meer

Yes by Alexis Rotella and Florence Miller

Young Osprey by Bill Cooper

Poetry Books

Archipelago by Arthur Sze

A Hummingbird’s Dance by Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean

Kyoto’s Spirit of Place, Revealed

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

Stages and Views by Penny Harter [includes haiku]

You Can’t Be Serious by Ronald Wallace

Japanese Translations

Bashō’s Narrow Road, translated by Hiroaki Sato

Cage of Fireflies: Modern Japanese Haiku, translated by Lucien Stryk

The Dover Haiku Anthology: A Review [previously unpublished]

Endless Vow: The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Roko Sherry Chayat

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō, Buson, and Issa, edited by Robert Hass

A Haiku Garden by Stephen Addiss

A Haiku Menagerie by Stephen Addiss

A Hidden Pond: Anthology of Modern Haiku, edited by Kōko Katō, translated by Kōko Katō and David Burleigh

A Long Rainy Season: Haiku and Tanka, edited and translated by Leza Lowitz, Miyuki Aoyama, and Akemi Tomioka

Morning Mist: Thoreau and Bashō Through the Seasons by Mary Kullberg

Pathways: Restful Meditations by Kamishiwa Sensei, Gary Crounse, translator

A Poet’s Anthology: The Range of Japanese Poetry by Makoto Ōoka

Right under the big sky, I don’t wear a hat by Hōsai Ozaki, translated by Hiroaki Sato

The Sound of Water: Haiku by Bashō, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets, translated by Sam Hamill

Ten Poems by Issa, translated by Robert Bly

White Flash/Black Rain: Women of Japan Relive the Bomb, edited and translated by Lequita Vance-Watkins and Mariko Aratani

Haiku Anthologies (mostly)

A Box of Zen, edited by Manuela Dunn Mascetti

After Lights Out [Spring Street Haiku Group]

All Day Long [Haiku Poets of Northern California]

A Shadowed Path: 1995 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Members Anthology

Beginning: British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2016

Blue Spilling Over [Haiku Canada]

Cherry Blossom Rain [Haiku Northwest]

Climbing Mole Hill: An Anthology of Haiku and Haiga for the Republic of Mole Hill, edited by Lidia Rozmus

Dreams Wander: Haiku Society of America 1994 Members’ Anthology

Echoes Across the Cascades [Haiku Northwest]

Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go, edited by Michael Dylan Welch

Frog Bytes, edited by Lorraine Ellis Harr

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

Haiku Anthology: Second International Haiku Conference

Haiku Canada 15th Anniversary Holograph Anthology

Haiku Iz Rata: War Haiku, edited by Marijan Čekolj

Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku, edited by Bruce Ross

Haiku 21 (see also “Notes on Gendai Haiku”), edited by Lee Gurga and Scott Metz

Hands Full of Stars [Boston Haiku Society]

A Harvest of Haiku [Haiku Poets of Upstate New York]

Heiwa: Peace Poetry in English and Japanese, edited by Jiro Nakano and Brien Hallett

Impressions of Morning: Haiku by World Children [JAL Foundation]

In Praise of Japanese Love Poems, introduced by Regina Sara Ryan [with new postscript]

Into the Wind [Yuki Teikei Haiku Society]

Listening to the Rain [Small White Teapot Haiku Group, Christchurch] [previously unpublished]

Met on the Road: A Transcontinental Haiku Journal by William J. Higginson with Penny Harter [essentially a haibun]

Midwest Haiku Anthology, edited by Randy M. Brooks and Lee Gurga

Morning Snow [Two Autumns, HPNC]

Northern Lights [HNA]

“Nothing Special,” edited by Brian Tasker

One Breath: Haiku Society of America 1995 Members’ Anthology

Paper Lantern [Two Autumns, HPNC]

A Patch of Wildflowers: An Anthology of Haiku by Members of the Western World Haiku Society, edited by Lorraine E. Harr

A Path to the Sea [Two Autumns, HPNC]

Playing Tag Among Buddhas [HPNC]

Poetry Postcard Quarterly: Haiku 96, edited by Peter Taylor

Recognizing Influences: The Unswept Path

Scratch-n-Sniff: Haiku and Senryu About Dogs [HPNC]

Shades of Green [HNA]

The Shortest Distance: 1993 Haiku North America Conference Anthology

A Small Umbrella [Spring Street Haiku Group]

Sudden Shower [Haiku Northwest]

Sunlight Through Rain: A Northwest Haiku Year [Haiku Northwest]

Timepieces: Haiku Week At-a-Glance 1993, edited by David Priebe

Timepieces: Haiku Week At-a-Glance 1994, edited by David Priebe

Timepieces: Haiku Week At-a-Glance 1995, edited by David Priebe

Unbroken Curve [Haiku Northwest]

When Butterflies Come: Haiku Society of America 1993 Member’s Anthology

A White Chrysanthemum [Two Autumns, HPNC]

Woodshavings [Spring Street Haiku Group]

World Haiku 2005, edited by Ban’ya Natsuishi

Books for Children or Young Adults

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

Black Swan/White Crow by J. Patrick Lewis

Feeling Haiku Through Thin Wood Walls by David Patneaude

Least Things by Jane Yolen

Origami Pinwheels by Kay L. Tracy

Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder by Sylvia Cassedy and Kunihiro Suetake

Shadow Play: Night Haiku by Penny Harter

Snow by Steve Sanfield

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


The Haiku Poetry of Alexis Rotella by Alexis Rotella

Requiem by Karl Jenkins

Sigmatropic: Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories

Tanka Anthologies

Footsteps in the Fog

Love: The British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members’ Tanka Anthology

Modern Japanese Tanka by Makoto Ueda

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

Only the Bulbs

Outcry from the Inferno [from Woodnotes]

Outcry from the Inferno [longer, previously unpublished]

Tanka Splendor 1992 [contest results booklet]

Tanka Splendor 1993 [contest results booklet]

Tanka Splendor 1994 [contest results booklet]

Tanka Splendor 1995 [contest results booklet]

Wind Five Folded

Tanka Collections

The Cold Moon Watching by Helen Robinson

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

In Each Other’s Footsteps by David Rice

Like Salt on Sun Spray by Pamela Miller Ness

More Light, Larger Vision by Geraldine Clinton Little

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes

The Rice Papers by Pat Shelley

Shining Moments by Neal Henry Lawrence

Short Songs: Tanka Poems by Amelia Fielden

A Sprig of Thyme by Reiko Nakagawa

This Hunger, Tissue-Thin by Larry Kimmel

This Tanka World of Strings by Sanford Goldstein and Kenneth Tanemura

Tracing Your Ribs by Claudia Rosemary Coutu

Turning My Chair by Pat Shelley

the wind-blown clouds by Brian Tasker

Other Tanka Books

Surveying Recent Tanka Criticism

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

Tanka Elbow Room

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)

The Way of Tanka by Naomi Beth Wakan