Reviews

The following reviews focus mainly on haiku and tanka books, and were first published from about 1990 onward. As a result, they include ordering details that may no longer be accurate. These are reviews I’ve written; for reviews of my books written by others, links are provided on the Books page, where available. ★ = most recommended (start with these)
 
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Poetry Books

    Archipelago by Arthur Sze
    You Can’t Be Serious by Ronald Wallace

Haiku Anthologies

    The Dover Haiku Anthology: A Review [previously unpublished]
    Listening to the Rain [previously unpublished]

Individual Haiku and Senryu Collections

    Alachua: North Florida Haiku by Kenneth C. Leibman
    American Gothic by Steven Carter
    At Bat by Cor van den Heuvel
    Between Waves by Alexis Rotella
    Chester Creek Ravine by Bart Sutter
    Clocking Out by Carlos Colón [previously unpublished]
    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
    First Frost by Zhu Hao
★ Flamingo Shapes by John Barlow
    From the Upper Room by anne mckay
    Grandma’s Chip Bowl by David Jacobs
    The Haiku Bag by Naomi Beth Wakan
    Haiku Chiaroscuro by David Cobb
    Haiku Edge: New and Selected Haiku by Robert Epstein
    Happy Wake Up by Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički
    Hundreds of Wishes by Francine Porad
★ Joy in Me Still by George Swede
    Monsoon by William Hart
★ Noddy by Robert Spiess
    The Open Eye by Lenard D. Moore
    A Path of Desire: Tan Renga by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka
    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
    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★ Wanting the Mouth of a Lover by Charles Gramlich [previously unpublished]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
★ Young Osprey by Bill Cooper

Books About Haiku

★ The Haiku Seasons by William J. Higginson

Books for Children or Young Adults

★ Birds on a Wire by J. Patrick Lewis and Paul B. Janeczko
    Origami Pinwheels by Kay L. Tracy
★ 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 [previously unpublished]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
    The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering
    The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Recordings

Tanka Anthologies

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

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

Other Tanka Books