Cover Art















Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

wind daughter



Ed Baker, USHaiga; Jerry Dreesen, USHaiga; Laryalee Fraser, CAHaiga; Maya Lyubenova, BGHaiga; Jacek Margolak, PLHaiga

Pris Campbell, USPhoto Haiga; Susan Constable, CAPhoto Haiga; Mary Davilla, USHaiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, USPhoto Haiga

Betty Kaplan, US, Marlène Buitelaar, NL, and Max Verhart, NLHaigay

Art of Saul Bernstein, US




The Haiku of Sugita Hisajo

 Hisajo in the light of English Haikai Movement

Classified and Translated by Eiko Yachimoto



Cover Artist


Ron Moss, AU


Sketchbook Authors
October 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 10

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
Pamela A. Babusci, US
Saul Bernstein, US
ène Buitelaar, NL
Pris Campbell, US
John Tiong Chunghoo, ML
Susan Constable, CA
Gillena Cox, TT
Magdalena Dale, RO
John Daleiden, US
Mary Davilla, US
Jasminka Nadakic Diordievic, RS (Serbia)
Jerry Dreesen, US
Curtis Dunlap, US
Laralee Fraser, CA
Hugh Fox, US
Victor P. Gendrano, US
Andreas Gripp, CA
Jan Oskar Hansen, PT
John Holt, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Paul Ingrassia, US
Betty Kaplan, US
Karina Klesko, US
Deborah P Kolodji, US
Richard Krawiec, US
Artur Lewandowski, PL
Bob Lucky, CN
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Jacek Margolak, PL
Terra Martin, CA
John Martone, US
Tracy McPherson, US
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Vasile Moldovan, RO
Ron Moss, AU
Robert Naczas, PL
Karen O'Leary, US
Aleksandar Prokopiev, Macedonia
Kala Ramesh, IN
Vaughn Seward, CA
Jeremy Seligson, US
Dr. Ram Sharma, IN
Trish Shields, CA
Dr. Shaleen Singh, IN
Keith A. Simmonds, TT
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Barbara A. Taylor, AU
Craig Tigerman, US
Maria Tirenescu, RO
Joy Sherri,
E. E. Sule, NG
Max Verhart, NL
Don Wentworth, US
A. D. Winans, US
EikoYachimoto, JP
Scot Young, US
Rafal Zabratynski, PL


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies





Read the Poems by Genre

Acrostic, Aphorism, Cinqku, Cinquain,  Climbing Rhyme, Couplets, Crystalline, Dorsimbra, Doublets, Englyn, Fibonacci, Free Verse, Ghazal, Haibun, Haiga, Haiigay, Haiku, Kwansaba, Kyoka, Lanterne, Light Verse, Mondo, Monoku, Nagauta, Orenienga, Pantoum, Prose Poem, Renga, Rengay, Renhai, Renku, Rondeau, Sedoka, Shan-zi, Senryu, Shisan, Sijo, Soignenga, Sonnet, Stellarenga,  Tanka, Tetractys, Triolet, Villanelle, Whitney


Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents


Connecting to Scotland

A Personal Report for Sketchbook's
Third Anniversary Issue

by Sally Evans



Connecting to South Africa

11: Chasing the Cherry

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to India

Mother Durga: Mounted on a Lion

by Aju Mukhopadhyay


Connecting to Israel

Poetry News

by Helen-Bar Lev


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev are pleased to announce the launch of their new website Poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.






John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Bob Lucky, Hangzhou, China
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.




Announcing "old diary" November 2008 Kukai

The November 2008 Kukai theme is "old diary". Use the exact words "old diary" in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

Subject:"old diary" kukai

Submissions: Saturday November 01, 2008 – Thursday, November 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, November 21, 2008 – Thursday, November 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, November 30, 2008 Sketchbook.

Recent letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.



Announcing 2008 "holiday(s)"  Thread

The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be winter holidays, winter recess—what you do during your holiday, a trip, or vacation etc. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: "holiday(s)"  November 2008 haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Thursday, November 27 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at "holiday(s)" November 2008 haiku thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Sunday, November 30, 2008 Sketchbook.



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) + Author Name

Renhai Editor, Vaughn Seward:

Read the complete submission guidelines


Sketchbook Special Features
October 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 10

Rengay Authors

Daniela Bullas, UK; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US: Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Yvonne Myers; Robert Naczas, PL; Vaughn Seward, CA; John Thompson, US

Rengay Through the Season by Masago & FriendsAutumn: October—Weeks 6 - 9 with guest writer Daniela Bullas, UK.

Read the Rengay



Betty Kaplan, US, Marlène Buitelaar, NL, and Max Verhart, NLFeeding the bonfire

Betty Kaplan, US and Max Verhart, NLGoing Where?


Daniela Bullas, UK; Gillena Cox, TT; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Polona Oblak, SI; Vaughn Seward, CA; Trish Shields, CA

Read the Renhai

Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward


John Tiong Chunghoo, ML; Andreas Gripp, CA; Jan Oskar Hansen, PL; John Holt, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Richard Krawiec, US; Artur Lewandowski, PL; John Martone, US; Aleksandar Prokopiev, Macedonia; Trish Shields, CA; Don Wentworth, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Haiku Sequence

Deborah P KolodjiSeasons of a Graveyard


Hortensia Anderson, US and Karina Klesko, US: A VerdengaWind Through the Pines

Hortensia Anderson, US and Kala Ramesh, IN: SoignengaShapeshifting


Pamela A. Babusci , US; Barbara A. Taylor, AU


Magdalena Dale, RO; Andreas Gripp, CA; Elizabeth Howard, US; Karina Klesko, US; Deborah P Kolodji, US; Bob Lucky, CN; Terra Martin, CA; Barbara A. Taylor, AU

Tanka Sequence

John Daleiden, USMoments of Truth



Poetry News

Anti-War Poetry of Trish Shields

displayed at the New Westminster Art Gallery in BC



Kikakuza Haibun Contest

Deadline: 31 January 2009

Read the details


First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008


Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  The Poetry Victims: These October 2008 issues are now online:

Vol. 5, Issue 15: Featuring art by Candace Byington, poetry by Michael Lira and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Vol. 5, Issue 14: Featuring art by Amy Kohut, poetry by Jared Smith and J. A. Spahr-Summers.

Vol. 5, Issue 13: Featuring art by Juanne Peck, poetry by Buddy Wakefield and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Photo by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

The Poetry Victims: Current Topics: Current Poetry News, Music by Soho Dolls, Photographs by ZZ Baggins, Art by Amy Kohut, ZZ's Links, Waking Life, Special Links, Fatboy Slim, D. J. Monkey

Please use the back arrow in the main
browser to return to Sketchbook

Karina Klesko, Editor


Paul Ingrassia

On the Dark Side


Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 5 June 30, 2008

The OutlawPoets II


Shanna's Beat

Shanna Baldwin Moore

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USPhoto Haiga, Free Verse, Shanna's Beat

Ben Wesling, US: Free Verse—Pink Sapphire Nights


A Gallery of Venice Beach Photos



New Arrival

Art—After The Flood by Norman Olson

Reagan Psalms CD by A. D. Winans

A. D. Winans Looks Back at the Beat Generation

A. D. Winans: Free Verse:—Old Joe, Outside A Boarded Down Jazz Club, Jazz Angel

G. David Schwartz, US: Free VerseI Got My John Deere Hat, I Saw The Invisible Man, I Am Not Italian, Mirrors, Millicent The Miser, Truth and Liberty, Play The Game

Christopher Barnes, UK: Free VerseTrampoline Tramp, Trap, Typical Saturdays, Teres, Thanksgiving, Prose Poem: The Arrival Of The Guest House Proprietress’ Sequential Amoretto,

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse:—October

Christopher Mulrooney, US—Free Verse:Dante's View, no midgets here, high mount, loge, shank of the evening, a risky business

Michael Lee Johnson, US: Free Verse—Gingerbread Lady, Harvest Time, Charley Plays a Tune, Cat Purrs, The Rod Stroked Survival With A Deadly Hammer, Mother, Edith, at 98

Lyn Lifshin: Free Verse: from Race Track Poems:My Mother's Coat, When I Heard Someone Complained "It Was Not Ethical, It Was For Cosmetic Reasons", On The Morning After Missing The Red Shoes, December 7, 2005, The Flannel Nightgown, December 7, December 7, December 9, My Family, The Race Tracks

The Little Black Book


Maya Lyubenova, BGThree Visual Poems

Ed Baker, USamong the bullrushes

Little Black Book Guidelines



Sketchbook II Editors

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden

Shanna Baldwin Moore


childwriter's cover

childwriter's contents: January 31, 2008: Vol. 1, No. 1

Brian Strand, UK—Vignette-on Two Levels

Michemon, JP—IllustratorChildren's Books: Gallery 1; Gallery 2; Michemon Biography


September 2008 "migrating birds" Kukai Results

     First Place: RD Armstrong (Raindog), US

     Second Place:  Eric V. a.k.a. "El Coyote", US

     Third Place Tie: Vasile Moldovan, RO and Trish Shields, CA

Read the "migrating birds" Kukai Results

Participants in the "migrating birds" kukai

Authors:  RD Armstrong (Raindog), US; Ed Baker, US; John Daleiden, US; Sally Evans, UK;  Iga Gala-Miemus, IL; Betty Kaplan, US; Karina Klesko, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Ruthanne Price, CA; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A Simmonds, TT; John Stone, US; Kim Tairi, AU; Eric V. a.k.a. "El Coyote", US

Countries: Canada, Australia, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

 Editor's Choice

2008 September "October" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "October"  Haiku Thread


Participating Poets

Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US;  Iga Gala-Miemus, IL; Betty Kaplan, US; Pépin Laterre, FR; Catherine J. S. Lee; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Terry Steudlein, US; Alan Summers, UK; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Countries:  Australia, Canada, France, India, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, United States, United Kingdom

From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US

The Reagan Psalms CD



Pris Campbell

Hesitant Commitments


Trish Shields

Spirit Harvest


Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

As If

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 Bud 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
The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson
San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
whispers from hell, A. D. Winans
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves, Vicgtor 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
seasons of a hermitess, an'ya
Fire and Rain, RD Armstrong
Beads on Blossoms, Andreas Gripp
On/Off The Beaten Path: The Road Poems, RD. Armstrong, (Raindog)
Last Call: The Legacy of Charles Bukowski: The Saga Continues, RD. Armstrong, (Raindog)
Lost in the Fog, Lyn Lifshin
The Whole Body Singing, Quendryth Young
El Pagano and Other Twisted Tales, RD Armstrong
Marking Time, A. D. Winans
Restoration Poems, Ed Baker
As If, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
The Reagan Pslams CD, A. D. Winans
Hesitant Commitments, Pris Campbell