A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms

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Links to issues:

Oct 1-1
Nov 1-2

Dec 1-3
Jan 2-1



Totem I, II, III by Kim Hambric


January Haiga  

Shanna Baldwin Moore, Doris Kasson, Ed Baker, Robert D. Wilson


January 31, 2007: Vol. 2, No. 1



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Pearl N. Edelson, Mt. Scopus Hadassah Project: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things:  To Change The World, Five Photos.


Connecting to Romania

The Capital of Europe,       
Cristian Mocanu, Romania,

Romania Video Link


Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Gillena Cox, Triniadad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Rita Odeh, Palestine
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.


Read the poems by genre

Cinqku, Cinquain, Crystalline, Fibonacci, Free VerseHaibun, Haiga, Haiku, Haiku Sequence, Kyoka, Light Verse, Limerick, Pantoum, Shan-zi, Sonnet, Tetractys, Tanka, Triolet, Villanelle, Zip Rengay


Sketchbook is an E-Journal for  TheOutlawPoets  
and The Poetrybridge writers

Submission deadline: 20th of each month

 Send to:

Subject: Submission + Name


Announcing February 2007 Kukai

For the February 2007 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU on the topic of winter ailment; use the words cough, sneeze, cold or other winter ailment words as a kigo.

Subject: Feb winter ailment kukai

Submissions: February 1 – 20 midnight
Voting: February 21- 26 midnight

The results will be published in the February 28, 2007 Sketchbook.


Announcing the February 2007 Haiku Thread

For February 2007 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is LOVE.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku
to the thread at The OutlawPoets

The editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication on February 28, 2007 Sketchbook.




Special Features

Betty Kaplan and Max Verhart: Rengay
    Freeing David, Fluff and Fold, Making
    Angels, Chance Encounter, Old Family
    Pictures, Jig Saw, Marry Me Alice,
    Rum Whipped Cream Birthday Cake

We Started In Hawaii..., The Poet's Hat: rengay by Betty Kaplan and Hortensia Anderson

Winter Blues: A Haiku Sequence
    Karina Klesko and Vaughn Seward

Like a Tumbleweed, a rengay by Karina
     Klesko and Hortensia Anderson

Tribute for James Brown: 1933-2006
Sally Evans, Karina Klesko,
Nnorom Azuonye, Trish Shields, Kiarra Lynn Smith, John Tiong Chunghoo

Haiga  for Gerald Ford: 1913-2006
     Doris Kasson

 Good Night by Ed Baker 
      Introduction by Ed Baker
      Good Night


Kim Hambric Quilts

Poems Inspired by the Abstract Art Quilt designs of Kim Hambric:  Gallery 1, Gallery 2

Interactive Poetry

Sketchbook readers are invited to submit their own quilt poems to this series. Indicate the quilt name.  Subject: Quilt Poems.  Send to:

Book Fair:

Featured book of the Month:

    The Art of Haiku, Gerald England, ed.
     Spirit Harvest, Trish Shields
     unfinished book, Deborah P. Kolodji
     Flowers of Life, Brian Strand
     Shorthand of the Heart, Brian Strand
     Poiema: Ekphrasis poems, Brian Strand
     Things Just Come Through,  Ed Baker
     Cobweb, Cristian Mocanu
     Watching the Buds of Dream, Rita Odeh
     The Language of Sparrows, Andreas Gripp
     Like Darwin Among the Gods, Andreas Gripp
     Presence of Mind, Jim Kacian
     Oklahoma Heat, Marc Thompson
(C)opyright Sign, Daniela Bullas
      Animals are Nature's Poetry, Helen Bar-Lev
      San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
      whispers from hell, A. D. Winans


A.  D. Winans Photography

A Photo Essay:  Looking to the Future,
edited by Karina Klesko
*Some nudity


Portal: Looking to the Future*

  Photography and Poetry for A Photo Essay

  10 Poems: A. D. Winans

  More About A. D. Winans


The OutlawPoets II

A. D. Winans:  Free Verse

Karina Klesko Interviews F. N. Wright:  Worlds of Mine

F. N. Wright,   Five Decades of Art


Editor's Monthly Haiku Choice

Karina Klesko:
     an'ya, Gerry Bravi, John Daleiden, Trish
     Shields, Gillena Cox, Zhanna P. Rader,
     Deborah P. Kolodji, Betty Kaplan, Rita
     Odeh, Terra Martin

John Daleiden:
     Trish Shields, Betty Kaplan, Zhanna P.
     Rader, Andreas Gripp, Shanna Baldwin

Read the Choice "bird" Haiku Thread

Karina Klesko
Bird Collage 1, Bird Collage 2

F. N. Wright: Bird Haiga


 2007 January Weather Kukai

  First Place:
       Darrell Byrd

  Second Place:
        Gerry Bravi

  Third Place:
        Zhanna Rader
        Shanna Baldwin Moore
        Darrell Byrd

Read the January Weather Haiku


From The Editor's Desk

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Cover Art

Kim Hambric: I am a self-taught artist living in State College, Pennsylvania. Quilting has been part of my life for the past 12 years. My love of color and texture has prompted me to work with several types of media: paint, paper and fabric. While I love experimenting and learning from other media, I always return to fabric. My newest work combines commercial and hand-dyed and painted fabric that I imprint using hand-carved stamps. I also embellish many pieces with beading and embroidery. I view each piece I create as a story or poem, rather than a picture.  e-mail: 

See Kim's Fiber Art at her web page.  Kim's art is for sale at her ebay store