Cover Art














Mary Hillier, US

Girl In A Green Hat



Mary Davila, USHaiga ; Doris Kasson, USHaiga; Jacek Margolak, PLHaiga; Allison Millcock, AU—Haiga; Shanna Baldwin MooreHaiga

Pris Campbell, USPhoto Haiga

Ed Baker, USHaiga Tanka;

Karina Klesko, US and Ed Baker, USCollaborative Haiga

Maya Lyuenova, BGThree Visual Poems

Art of Saul Bernstein, US



Sketchbook Authors
July 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 7

Hortensia Anderson, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
Saul Bernstein, US
Marlčne Buitelaar, NL
Daniela Bullas, UK
Pris Campbell, US

Gillena Cox, TT
John Daleiden, US
Mary Davila, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Betty Kaplan, US
Doris Kasson, US
Michael Kleiza, CA
Karina Klesko, US
Catherine J. S. Lee, US
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Jacek Margolak, PL
Carole Macrury, US
Allison Millcock, AU
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN
Lisa Okon, IL
Karen O'Leary, US
Kala Ramesh, IN
Kristin A. Reynolds, US
Dr. Ram Sharma, IN
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Maria Tirenescu, RO
Craig Tigerman, US
Eric Vaka, US
Max Verhart, NL
A. D. Winans, US
Scot Young, US
Quendryth Young, AU
Mariana Zavati, RO


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies





Read the Poems by Genre

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




Global Correspondents

Connecting to South Africa

8: Wild Life

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to India

Towards the Rebirth of India

by Aju Mukhopadhyay


Connecting to Israel


by Helen-Bar Lev


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev are pleased to announce the launching 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
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 __frog(s) August 2008 Kukai

For the August 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo green frog(s) /rain frog(s), tree frog(s) / toad. 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.


Author, Country

Subject:Aug08 frogs Kukai

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

Voting: Thursday August 21, 2008 – Wednesday, August 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, August 31, 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 August 2008 Water Haiku Thread

For August 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is water (pond, lake, ocean, riverany form of water). Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: Aug08 water haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, August 27, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at August 2008 Water Haiku Thread.

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





Sketchbook Special Features
July 31, 2008, Vol. 3, Nx. o. 7

Rengay Authors

Betty Kaplan, US; Max Verhart, NL

Read the Rengay



Betty Kaplan, US, Marlčne Buitelaar, NL and Max Verhart, NLThe Terrible Twos


Daniela Bullas, UK; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Karina Klesko, US; Vaughn Seward, CA; Trish Shields, CA

Read the Renhai



Carole Macrury, US and Hortensia Anderson, USWaterfall

Hortensia Anderson, US and Kala Ramesh, INMoon Bridge

What is an Orienga?—A Writer's Handbook


Quendryth Young, AU; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US;
Catherine J. S. Lee, US;
Lisa Okon, IL; Maria Tirenescu, RO


Elizabeth Howard, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008



Ed Baker



New Contributing Editor Joins Sketchbook

Sketchbook is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Spahr-Summers is joining the team as a contributing editor. Jeff is the creator and editor of  The Poetry Victims.

lounge lizard by zzbaggins
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

Current topics in The Poetry Victims:  Current Poetry News, Music by Jimmy Vaughan, Music by Paul McCartney, Waking Life, Special Links, poetry; Art by: Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, Stephen Mead, Any Kohut, Peter Schwartz, Carol Radsprecher, Donna Kuhn

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Karina Klesko


Mark Savage

Souls And Passions


Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 5 June 30, 2008

The OutlawPoets II


Venice Beach Photo Gallery

Shanna Baldwin Moore

A Gallery of Venice Beach Photos

A. D. Winans, US—Free Verse: Lovers Lament, The Sound on the Stairs, Portrait, Reality

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Poems: Haiku, Tanka, Free Verse

William J. Margolis—Free Verse: Cataracts, To His Coy Mistress

William J. Margolis—The Mendicant

RD Armstrong, US: Free Verse—Excerpt from A Journey up the Coast; Route One; Excerpt from On/Off the Beaten Path; Excerpt from RoadKill

Gypsy James—Free Verse: Ode T' Outlaw Poets, Now

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse: to be a hero, The Full Moon, oh wavering spirit, Betrayal, Soul Man vs Integrity

G. David Schwartz, US—Free Verse: I Love To Laugh, Dancing All My Feet Up (and Almost Off), There Is No Such This As Crap

Lyn Lifshin, US—Free Verse: Twelve Poems from Cove Point: If Those Blossoms Don't Come, Do You Ever Feel Like One Of Those Women In Saudi Arabia; Rose; Another One Dead; The Dead Girls; The Dying Girls: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Dead Girls; Dying Girls: 1, 2

Lyn Lifshin, US—Free Verse: Fourteen Selections from January Poems, 2006: Scars He Says, He Has New Ones; Before The Scars; Didn't Think Was Ready, Never Am For Love; January 11 or Maybe 12; Jan 11, Metro; January 11: 1, 2, 3; Haven't You Sometimes Just Walked The; Just Missing The Metro; Glistening Trees; Thicker Than Fog: 1, 2; My Mother and Native Dancer

The Little Black Book


Maya Lyubenova, BGThree Visual Poems

Ed Baker, USsometimes saying nothing

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



July 2008 "green grass" Kukai Results

     First Place: Peter Pache, US

     Second Place: Barbara A. Taylor, AU

     Third Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

Read the

Read the "green grass" Kukai Results

Kukai Participants

Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Mary Davila, US; Bill Kenney, US; Jacek Margola, PL; Peter Pache, US; Kristin Reynolds, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Zhanna P. Rader; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Josh Wikoff, US

 Editor's Choice

2008 July "flag / patriotism" Haiku Thread

Karina's ChoicesTouching the Heart

John's Choices"Of Thee I Sing"

Read the "flag / patiriotism" Haiku Thread


Participating Poets

Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter Pache, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, CA / US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Josh Wikoff, US

Countries: AU: CA: IN: PL: RO: TT: US


From The Editor's Desk

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month



Lyn Lifshin

Lost in the Fog


Quendryth Young

The Whole Body Singing

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