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Renew New Orleans by Andrea Mistretta

You Tube



Allison Millcock, AUHaiga; Pris Campbell, US—Haiga; Laryalee Fraser, CA and Susan Constable, CA—Haiga; John Daleiden, US—Haiga; Jerry Dreesen, US and Joyce Maxner, US—Haiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, USHaiga


Art of Saul Bernstein, US

Mozart—Cover Art

Claude Debussy  

"Visions of today as well as Yesterday"



Sketchbook Authors
January 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 1

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson,  US
Ed Baker, US
Saul Bernstein,  US
Gerry Bravi, CA
John Daleiden, US
Judith Gorgone, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Betty Kaplan,  US
M. KIei, US
Karina Klesko,  US
Deborah P. Kolodji, US
Angelika Kolompar, CA
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Marlene Mountain, US
Ron Moss, AU
Rita Odeh, IL
Karen O'Leary, US
Bill Pauly, US
Zhanna P. Rader,  US
Kala Ramesh,  IN
Vaughn Seward, CA

Trish Shields, CA

Brian Strand, UK
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Jennie Townsend, US
Max Verhart, NL

A. D. Winans, US
Tad Wojnicki, US / TW
F. N. Wright,  US

*Elizabeth Searle Lamb, US:  January 22, 1917 - February 15, 2005

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


An Interview With Trish Shields

Gordon Higginson, CCLA Contributing Editor, The Envoy  ~The newsletter of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance~



Writer's Handbook

Vaughn Seward, CA—Learning by Example




Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Thus we sing (continued)

by Rita Odeh



Connecting to Pondicherry, India

The Literary Ambience of Pondicherry: Present Activities

by Aju Mukhopadhyay



Connecting to South Africa


by Jeff Spahr-Summers






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.




Announcing February 2008 Kukai

For the February 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo: kite (the toy). The exact kigo words must be used in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted:

over the rooftop
a ferocious dragon

kite festival

john daleiden, US

Subject: Feb08 kite kigo

Submissions: Friday, February 01, 2008 – Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Thursday, February 21, 2008 – Monday, January 25, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, January 29, 2008 Sketchbook



Announcing February 2008 Haiku Thread

For February 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is love. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: Feb08 love haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Monday, February 25, 2008

full moon
I think I'm in love
with a rock

Ed Baker, US

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at February 2008 Love Haiku Thread

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Friday, February 29, 2008 Sketchbook.

Illustration by Judith Gorgone



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) + Author Name



Sketchbook Special Features
January 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 1


Rengay Authors

Hortensia Anderson, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Kala Ramesh, IN; Max Verhart, NL

Read the Rengay


Hortensia Anderson, US, Betty Kaplan, US, and Jennie Townsend, USThe Quilt: A Spring Shisan Renku

Haiku Sequence

Charles TrumbullModern Haiku

Zhanna P. Rader, US and Hortensia Anderson, USWinter Night

One-line Linked Haiku

Karina Klesko, US and Judith Gorgone, US—Improvisations of a Family

Marlene Mountain, US, Elizabeth S. Lamb, US, Bill Pauly,
old woman's banjo


Vaughn Seward, CA—Learning by Example


Charles TrumbullWriting Haibun

Zhanna P. Rader, US—Along the White Trail
Tad Wojnicki, US / TW—Sunny Snows
Ron Moss, AUA Little Closer, A Sense of Place, smudge of saffron


Judith Gorgone and Karina KleskoA Red-Light Redenga



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 is conducting an earth friendly and fun haiku contest to help kids learn to keep the planet clean and healthy!

The contest aims to promote the introduction of haiku into the curricula of elementary and junior high school, spread the enjoyment and teach a comprehensive understanding of poetic forms and environmental awareness, so important today.

The contest is open to individual students. Planetpals encourages this as a lesson plan or activity for schools, camps, organizations and homeschools. This contest starts on February 22, 2008 and closes on April 22, 2008. Click here for complete information.




The OutlawPoets II

A. D. Winans, US

Three Poems:  Survival Song, Untitled, Random Word Poem


F. N. Wright, US

Memories of Mattoon Continued

Chapter 10—Mosquitoes, Heat & Humidity


Picture Poem by Kenneth Patchen, US from the Collection of F. N. Wright

Get Underground Interview with S.A. Griffin by Jordan Erlich

R. D. Armstrong, US—My Hippy Cup


Editor Sketchbook II:
Shanna Baldwin Moore


"cold moon" or "icy moon" Kukai

     First Place: Allison Millcock, AU

     Second Place Tie: Bill Kenney, US; Tanya Dikova, BG; Rita Odeh, IL

     Third Place Tie: Magdalena Dale, RO: Allison Millcock, AU; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US

Read the winning haiku in the "cold moon" or "icy moon" Kukai



 Editor's Choice

2008 January Winter Activities Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the Winter Activities Haiku Thread

From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Book Fair

Featured Book of the Month:




The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku

William J. Higginson with Penny Harter

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
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
The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson


















































































































































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