A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms

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Karina Klesko, editor and John Daleiden, editor









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Saul Bernstein



Marlene Buitelaar, NL and Max Verhart, NLJazzmen; Tanya Dikova, IL and Zhanna P. Rader, UShe offers; Karina Klesko, US—Haiga 1;  Shanna Baldwin Moore—Haiga; Karina Klesko—Haiga 2; Susan Constable—Haiga


December 31, 2007: Vol. 2, No. 6


Sketchbook Authors
December 31, 2007, Vol. 2, No.6

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson,  US
Ed Baker,  US
Helen Bar-Lev,  IL
Ginka Biliarska, BU
Gerry Bravi, CA
Hugh Bygott, UK

Gillena Cox, TT   
Magdalena Dale, RO
John Daleiden,  US
Sam Flavor, CA
Judith Gorgone,  US
S. A. Griffin, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Paul Ingrassia,  US
Betty Kaplan,  US
Karina Klesko,  US
Joyce Maxner, US
Vasile Moldovan,  RO
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Odeh, Rita, IL
Zhanna P. Rader,  US
Kala Ramesh,  IN
Vaughn Seward, CA
Adelaide B. Shaw, US
Trish Shields, CA

Brian Strand, UK
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Barbara A. Taylor,  AU
Cindy Tebo, US
Max Verhart, NL
Josh Wikoff, UK

A. D. Winans, US
Colin Will, UK
Tad Wojnicki, US
F. N. Wright,  US



A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies




Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Thus we sing...

by Rita Odeh, IL



Connecting to South Africa

On The Move

Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US



Connecting to Israel

Celebrations and Events

Helen Bar-Lev




John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.


Read the poems by genre

Acrostic, Cinqku, Cinquain, Crystalline, Dorsimbra, Fibonacci, Free Verse , Ghazal, Haibun, Haiku, Kyoka, Lanterne, Light Verse, Mondo, Pantoum, Rondeau, Sedoka, Shan-zi, Sijo, Sonnet, Stella Renga, Senryu, Tanka, Tetractys, Triolet


Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

Submission deadline: 20th of each month

Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month twelve times a year

Submissions are open to the general public.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) Name



Announcing January 2008 Kukai

For the January 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo: "cold moon" or “icy moon”. The exact kigo words must be used in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted:

icy moon
on the open road
I walk alone

john daleiden, US

Subject: Jan08 kigo “cold moon”, or "icy moon"

Submissions: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 – Sunday, January 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Monday, Januay 21, 2008 – Sunday, January 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, January 31, 2008 Sketchbook.



Announcing January 2008 Haiku Thread

Announcing the January 2008 winter activities /winter Olympics / winter sports Haiku Thread

For January 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is winter activities/ winter Olympics / winter sports. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the  Thread.

Subject Line: Jan08 winter activities haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, January 27, 2008

slalom gates
the zigzags of sunlight
at day's end

Karina Klesko, US

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at January 2008 winter activities haiku thread

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the January 31, 2008 Sketchbook.






Sketchbook Special Features
December 31, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 6


Rengay Authors

Hortensia Anderson, Ginka Biliarska, Betty Kaplan, Karina Klesko, Vasile Moldovan, Ron Moss, Zhanna P. Rader, Kala Ramesh, Max Verhart

Read the Rengay



Karina Klesko, Sabaki

Adelaide B. Shaw, Gerry Bravi, Karina KleskoJunicho: The Fullness of the Moon


Tanka Series

Cindy Tebo and Karina Klesko—City Lights and Forgotten Hills

Zhanna P. Rader and Hugh BygottRemembered Love: A Tanka Sequence

Cindy Tebo and Karina Klesko—Now That The Leaves Have Gone

Allen Mc Gill and Karina KleskoWhispering Softly

Cindy Tebo and Gillena CoxOut of Silence

Tanka Sequence

Zhanna P. Rader and Trish ShieldsLost Love



Karina KleskoCan It Get Any Worse

Colin Will—On Completion

Zhanna P. RaderThe Path


Abecedarian Poems

Cindy Tebo and Gillena Cox—Fall in Bloom: A collaborative Abecedarian Poem


Romanian Kukai

Vasile Moldovan, Simona Dobrescu, Florentina Loredana Dănilă, Eduard Ţară, Adriana C. Iacob, Florinel, Henriette Berge, Valeria Tamaş, Jules Cohn Botea, Flueraşu Petre, Florică Dan, Dragos Tsuku, Cristina Rusu, Anghel Pop, Valeria Tamaş, Ion Untaru, mărţişor, Maria Tirenescu, Gabriela Marcian, Magdalene Dale, translator.

Read the English translation of these winning Romanian haiku from the April, May, June, July, August, September, 2007 Romanian Kukai




Ed Baker



In Memory of Ginka Biliarska

Four Haiku from Haiku Anthology The Road 2005



Writer's Handbook

Vaughn SewardRenhai: A New Form





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The first issue of childwriter's sketchbook will be published on January 31, 2008.




The Little Black Book

Ed Baker, Karina Klesko Paul Ingrassia


Little Black Book Guidelines


The OutlawPoets II

A. D. Winans

Three Poems:
     How I Want To Be Remembered,
     God's Don't Cry,
      Poem For The Old Man


F. N. Wright

Memories of Mattoon Continued

Chapter 9: South 6th Street



S. A Griffin—The Lady: A Collage

Shanna Baldwin MooreLadies of Venice West

Sam Flavor—Downpour in Waikiki


Co-Editors Sketchbook II: November  2007
Shanna Baldwin Moore
F. N. Wright


"star" or "stars" Kukai

     First Place: Magdalena Dale

     Second Place: Vasile Moldovan

     Third Place Tie: Magdalena Dale, Rita Odeh

Read the winning haiku in the "star" or "stars" Kukai



 Editor's Choice

2007 December Road Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the Roads haiku


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden



Cover Art



Book Fair

Featured Book of the Month:




Gillena Cox

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
Phaneros, A Selection of Lanternes, 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
Cyclamens And Swords, Helen Bar-Lev
San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
whispers from hell, A. D. Winans
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves, Victor P. Gendrano
Coast Lines, Trish Shields and Katherine Gordon
Fire Pearls, M. Kei, editor
Heron Sea: Short Poems of the Chesapeake Bay, M. Kei
The Poetic Image,  Alan Summers and Roger Brown
moments, Gillena Cox


































































































































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