Call for Haiku Book Reviews

We are now accepting BOOK reviews for Serow, Volume 5!

The book can be a collection of haiku, poetry related to haiku, other Japanese poetic forms, or general books about writing poetry.

**The book you review must have been published in 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022.**
**We DO NOT accept reviews of other haiku journals.**


February 20, 2022

Serow: Book Review Guidelines

Thank you for offering to contribute a haiku-book review to Serow, Akita International Haiku Network’s journal. Please note the following guidelines. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what to submit. (grafstrom ::@::

Many of us in the international haiku community are close friends and acquaintances with one another. We ask, however, that you try not to review books or collections of haiku written by your friends, students, mentors, etc.

Please be sure to include a brief Bio of yourself, too, so readers know who you are!

**The book you review must have been published in 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022.**
**We DO NOT accept reviews of other haiku journals.**

Content and Style
・We, as poets, are “creative writers,” but please keep in mind that English may not be everyone’s  first language,” so please try to be simple, clear, and accurate.

・Write a balanced review: give strong and weak points.

・Use examples of haiku from the book as examples! Please do not simply list haiku from the collection, but include them as examples of your opinion/ evaluation.

To help you, keep the following guiding questions in mind:

Surface Evaluations
Is the book paperback, hardback, an e-book, etc.?
How does it look and feel?
How is the book organized; what are the parts of the book?
How many pages are there?
Is there artwork or illustrations?
What language(s) is the collection?
Is it a translation?

The Poetry
What poetic form do the haiku have? (17 syllables, free verse, etc.)
How is the typography? (are the poems in 1-line, 3-lines, etc.)
Are there any images, motifs, or themes that re-occur in the poems?
Are there any allusions to other haiku masters?
What about other poetic devices like rhyme, alliteration, simile, metaphor, etc.?
Are there any traditional haiku poetic devices, like kiri (“a cut”), yūgen (mystery, depth), kakekotoba (puns)?
Are the scenes presented in the haiku causes and effects, juxtapositions, etc.?


Your review must be submitted in the following format:

1. Name of book
[Name of author(s). Publisher, Year. Number of pages including the preface or
introduction pp. vii + 134. ¥Price. ISBN: number. Website if necessary.]
Reviewed by your Name, your affiliation/ hometown/ current location


Light Verse from the Floating World
[Makoto Ueda. Columbia University Press, 1999. pp. ix +
273. $30 (USD). ISBN: 0-231-11551-2.]
Reviewed by Ben Grafström, Akita, Japan

2. Punctuation, etc.  Leave one space after punctuation (periods, commas, colons, semi-colons), not two.
Double return between paragraphs, do not indent or tab to indicate a new paragraph.

3. Length
1000-word limit (excluding the header and any references).

4. Proofreading
**Please check your grammar, punctuation, and spelling!

5. Requests for Revision
Portions of your review might need revision before the review is ready for publication.  Please address these issues as quickly as possible.

6. Format
Microsoft Word is preferred.
A PDF is also acceptable.

7. **PLEASE include an IMAGE of the BOOK!! (front and back if possible)
These images can be JPEG or IMG files.

Submission Checklist:

Your name and Bio
□ Name of Book, Details, Author’s name (See #1)
□ Your Review (1000-word limit)
□ Images of the book!
□ Email to (grafstrom ::@:: with “Haiku Book Review” as the email subject


February 20, 2022

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