from The Editor's Desks




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


In the November 2008 Issue . . .


Congratulations to the November 2008 "old diary" Kukai winners:

      First Place: Bill Kenney, US

      Second Place Tie:  Betty Kaplan, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; Rafal Zabratynski, PL; Catherine J. S. Lee, US

      Third Place Tie: Peter H. Pache, US; Richard Straw, US; Bill Kenney, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Martin Gottlieb Cohen, US; Kristin Reynolds, US

For the "old diary" kukai twenty-five poets from seven countries contributed sixty-eight haiku. Read the "old diary" Kukai Results

Escape to a winter holiday with the fifty-four haiku written by ten haiku poets from six countries who contributed their vision of a "winter holiday"; read the haiku.

Featured this month is Ed Baker's book, NeighborBook 1: Arousal as well as An Interview with Ed Baker: At the Border of Silver and Tacky by Geof Huth, US. Featured in Huth's interview are 15 photos of Ed Baker's studio / home.

Rengay Through The Seasons by Vaughn Seward featuring rengay numbers ten  through thirteen of the year long rengay project hosts guest writer Max Verhart.

Sketchbook Global Correspondents have sent the three reports this month: River Lime a Trini Lifestyle by Gillena Cox, 12:  Johannesburg to Cape Town by Jeff Spahr-Summers; and Poetic Telepathy by Helen-Bar Lev.

The Book Fair features two books: The Reagan Psalms CD by A. D. Winans, and Dr.Sarojini Sahoo, IN The Dark Abode; Ed Baker contributed twenty-three illustrations and the cover for The Dark Abode. If you are looking for a good read, try one of these books.

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, creator and editor of The Poetry Victims, treats November readers to the art of Michael A. Crowley and Amy Kohut,  poetry by Karen Douglass, Amy Kohut, and J. A. Spahr-Summers.

Appearing for the first time in Sketchbook: Helen Buckingham, Bristol, UK; Toshiaki Koike, JP/CA; Elna Naskova; Mariusz Ogryzko, PL; Dorota Pyra, PL; Dr. Sarjini Sahoo, IN; Dr. Kalpna Singh, IN; Janice Thomson, CA.   We extend each of you a warm welcome.

On going competitions the editors recommend include the following:

Sketchbook is now open for December submissions. Remember, the 20th of each month is the deadline for open submissions to the poetry pages. The Editors look forward to reading your poetry.  Please join us as we venture into our fourth year of publishing Sketchbook.

December 2008 Kukai:

  • Announcing "winter night" December 2008 Kukai: The December 2008 Kukai theme is "winter night". Use the exact words "winter night" 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. Read the full details here.

December 2008 Sketchbook thread:

  • Announcing December 2008 "dance"  Thread.  The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be dance--any kind of dance.  Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread. Read the full details here.









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