Cover Art














Jerry Dreesen, US

Sumi-e Iris



Pris Campbell, US and Allison Millcock, AUHaiga Collaboration; Laralee Fraser, CA—Haiga;  Melissa Spurr, US—Haiga; Susan Constable, CA—Haiga; Mary Davila, US—Haiga; Zhanna P. Rader, US—Haiga; Ron Moss, AU—Haiga


Art of Saul Bernstein, US

Reflected Wave




Journey to Mattô

by Hugh Bygott, UK



Sketchbook Authors
March 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 3

R. D. Armstorng, US
Ed Baker, US
Hugh Bygott, UK
Saul Bernstein, US
Gary Blankenship, US
Marlene Buitelaar, NL
Pris Campbell, US
Leslie Cohen, IL
Gillena Cox, TT
Magdalena Dale, RO
John Daleiden, US
Jerry Dreesen
Gerald England, UK
Lorin Ford, AU
Judith Gorgone, US
Andreas Gripp, CA
Elizabeth Howard, US
Betty Kaplan, US
M. Kei, US
Karina Klesko, US
Deborah P. Kolodji, US
John Martone, US
Vasile Moldovan, RO
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Yvonne Myers, US
Ron Moss, AU
Karen O'Leary, US
Zhanna P. Rader, US
Kevin Ryan, UK
Vaugh Seward, CA
Keith A. Simmonds, TT
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Johnye Strickland, US
John Thompson, US
Max Verhart, NL
Don Wiggins, US
Sheila Windsor, UK
A. D. Winans, US
Tad Wojnicki, US/TW
Eiko Yachimoto, JP
Rafal Zabratynski, PL

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies




Global Correspondents


Connecting to Trinidad and Tobago

What's That Shadow In The Water?

by Gillena Cox



Connecting to South Africa

4: Lord of the Ridge and Fort Scorpion

by Jeff Spahr-Summers



Connecting to Israel

"Circling, Circling . . ."

by 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.




Announcing April 2008 Kukai

For the April 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo crane or stork. The exact word(s) must be used 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.



Subject:April08 _____ Kukai

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

Voting: Monday, April 21, 2008 – Sunday, April 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Wednesday, April 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 April 2008 ___ + Blossom Haiku Thread

For April 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is _____ blossom(s)-- some kind / type +  blossom(s). Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: April08 blossom haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, April 27,  2008.

apple blossoms
unopened, unread
your parting letter

John Daleiden, US

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at April 2008 Blossom Haiku Thread.

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



Read the poems by genre

Acrostic, Cinqku, Cinquain, Crystalline, Dorsimbra, Fibonacci, Free Verse , Ghazal, Haibun, Haiga, Haiku, Kyoka, Lanterne, Light Verse, Mondo, Pantoum, Renga, Rengay, Renhai, Renku, Rondeau, Sedoka, Shan-zi, Shisan, 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

Read the complete submission guidelines



Sketchbook Special Features
March 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 3


Rengay Authors

Marlène Buitelaar, NL; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, US; Garry Gay, US; Dr. Vidur Jyoti, IN; Betty Kaplan, US; Lorin Ford, AU; Yvonne Myers, US; John Thompson, US; Max Verhart, NL; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Read the Rengay


Betty Kaplan, US and Marlène Buitelaar, NLCupcakes!

Marlène Buitelaar, NL and Betty Kaplan, US—Thinking of Italy



Judith Gorgone, US and Don Wiggins, USAround

Judith Gorgone, US and Don Wiggins, USa play with fire


Eiko Yachimoto, JP; Susan, Susan Delphine Delaney, US; Sprite, UK; Johnye Strickland, US; Celia Stewart-Powles, US—the clear rock drippings: led by eiko yachimoto



Ron Moss, AU and Sheila Windsor, UKjagged where it snapped


Gerald England

A Spring Haiga Series



Haiku Sequence

Vasile Moldovan, ROUncertain Season


Zhanna P. Rader, US (zh.r) and Vaughn Seward, CA (vs)Rubber Boots


April Renhai Workshop

Starting April 13, 2008 TheOutlawPoets will be sponsoring a 10-day Renhai Workshop. Several Renhai poems will be written step-by-step over the course the workshop. Vaughn Seward and Zhanna P. Rader will host the workshop. Sketchbook writers and readers are invited to join in to watch, comment, and even participate (depending on your interest and time). It is anticipated that some of the renhai written during this workshop will be submitted for inclusion in the April, 2008 issue of Sketchbook.

For more information and background about Renhai, check out the March 2008 Sketchbook Renhai section:

To be part of the workshop, click on the following link and join the "Renhai Studio" Yahoo Group and watch for announcements as we get closer to the April 13th start date:


Tanka Sequence

M. KeiRemembering the Alamo

Photo Tanka

Karina Klesko, US and Kevin Ryan, UK—Photo Tanka



Tad Wojnicki, US/TWWater You Waiting For?, Driving Carmel Valley Road


Connecting to Our Sister Publication

Sentinel Poetry (Online)

We are pleased to announce 

Nnorom Okezie Azuonye

NEW Sketchbook Contributing Editor

Nnorom Azuonye is the author of Letter to God & Other Poems (2003), and The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road (2005). The Founder and Administrator of Sentinel Poetry Movement - the International Community of Writers and Artists since 2002

Azuonye is also the Editor of the magazines: Sentinel Poetry, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, and the forthcoming Excellence - a magazine of Christian Living. He lives in London, United Kingdom with his wife Thelma Amaka and son Arinze Chinedum.



Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 2 March 31, 2008


The OutlawPoets II

Feature for April / May 2008

A Retrospective of A. D. Winans' Work


A. D. Winans, USFree Verse: Poem for the Kid I Disappointed

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USHaiga

R. D. Armstrong, USFree Verse: In Haiku, Three poems from Fire and Rain

Pris Campbell, USFree Verse: Booted, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, A Stone's Throw

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse: no map

Christopher Barnes, UKFree Verse: R.I.P., Rabbits Into Hats; In The Little Black BookRadiation Beach, Raft, Raul, The Updating Barman, Is…, Raw Nerve

Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, USFree Verse: Stones, Phases

Gary BlankenshipAfter Howl  I, II, III, IV, V

Joseph FarleyFree Verse:  Furnishings, In The Dark Hours, Greenhouse Winter, Twas The Day Before The Night, School of Rock, Visting The Dead In Winter, Out of the Box

Lyn Lifshin—Free Verse: from Cove Point: Music Hall, Diary, Photograph; from January Poems, 2006: January 4 Rage, January Rage, Rage, January 4

John StoneFree Verse: Champagne Eyes, Burma Shave

Scot YoungPoems: Waiting for the End of Yesterday, Together, Zen Dawn, Hindsight, Trout Fishing With Brautigan, Morning Lake

Ray Freed, US—Free Verse: Hitchers

G. David SchwartzFree Verse: I Look Up And Down The Road, Why Are You So Hurting Me?,  Emily Dickenson, Who Is She


The Little Black Book


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 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.


"Wind" Kukai

     First Place: John Stone, US

     Second Place: Rafal Zabratynski, PL

     Third Place: Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Read the winning haiku in the  "wind" Kukai 



 Editor's Choice

2008 March "Star" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "star / constellations" thread


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

seasons of a hermitess

101 haiku by an'ya” . . .



Beads on Blossoms

By Andreas Gripp

Fire and Rain

By RD Armstong

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










































































































































































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