Cover Art














Ed Baker, US

far beyond frog    moon jumps



Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TTHaiga; Jerry Dreesen, USHaiga

Susan Constable, CA—Photo Haiga; Mary Davila, US—Photo Haiga; Jacek Margolak, PL—Photo Haiga

Pris Campbell, US and Berenice Dunford, UKCollaborative Photo Haiga

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USHaiga / Tanka

Maya Lyubenova, BGVisual Poem

Art of Saul Bernstein, US




 Heiko Lehmann / The Hazi Bros.

Three Songs


Cover Artist

August Heat

Karina Klesko, US


Sketchbook Authors
31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 8

an'ya, US
Norla Antinoro, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
Saul Bernstein, US
Ginka Biliarska, BG
Pris Campbell, US
Susan Constable, CA
Gillena Cox, TT
John Tiong Chunghoo, ML
John Daleiden, US
Mary Davila, US
Jerry Dreesen, US
Curtis Dunlap, US
Berenice Dunford, UK
Jan Oskar Hansen, NO
Elizabeth Howard, US
Michael Lee Johnson, US
Betty Kaplan, US
Michael Kleiza, CA
Karina Klesko, US
Deborah P Kolodji, US
Bob Lucky, CN
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Jacek Margolak, PL
Tracy McPherson, US
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Vasile Moldovan, RO
Lisa Okon, IL
Karen O'Leary, US
Zhanna P. Rader, US
Kristin Reynolds, US
Mel Sarnese, CA
Vaughn Seward, CA
Dr. Ram Sharma, IN
Trish Shields, CA
Keith A. Simmonds, TT
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Kim Tairi, AU
A. Thiagarajan, IN

Eric V. a.k.a. “El Coyote” US
Max Verhart, NL
Sharon Weimer, US
A. D. Winans, US


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies





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



Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents

Connecting to South Africa

9: Reconciliation

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to Trinidad and Tobogo

Trinidad and Tobago at The Olympics 1948

by Gillena Cox


Connecting to China

Greetings from China

by Bob Lucky


Connecting to Israel

August 2008 Report

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 autumn festival 2008 Kukai

For the September 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo "autumn festival".  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:Sep08 autumn festival Kukai

Submissions: Monday September 01, 2008 – Saturday September 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, September 21, 2008 – Saturday September 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Tuesday, September 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 September 2008 "bazaar"  Thread

For September 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is "bazaar", or "church bazaar"communicate the idea of a bazaar.  Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: Sep08
"bazaar" haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, September 28, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at September 2008 "bazaar"  Haiku Thread.

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




Sketchbook Special Features
August 31, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 8

Rengay Authors

Ginka Biliarska, BG; John Daleiden, US; Vidur Jyoti, IN; Betty Kaplan; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Max Verhart, NL

Read the Rengay



Max Verhart, NL and Betty Kaplan, USNodding over the pages


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

Read the Renhai


Elizabeth Howard, US; Lisa Okon, IL; Jan Oskar Hansen, NO; Jacek Margolak, PL; Eric V. a.k.a. “El Coyote” US; Michael Kleiza, CA

Haiku Sequence

John Daleiden, US


Elizabeth Howard, US; John Daleiden, US; Deborah P Kolodji, US; Bob Lucky, CN

Tanka Series

Gillena Cox, TTBeloved: A Ten Waka Series


Zhanna P. RaderAppalachian Trail


Norla Antinoro

First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008



Ed Baker


full moon series


Read the Poems of
Michael Lee Johnson, US


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: Vol 5, No. 7, Friday' August 15, 2008 & Friday. August 22, 2008.

Photo by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

Current topics in The Poetry Victims:  Current Poetry News, Music by Bob Dylan, Coldplay; Photographs by ZZ Baggins; Links; Waking Life

 Art by: Carol Radsprecher,  Daphne Ann Wills, ZZ Baggins, Anna Maly

 Poetry by: Christopher Kuhl; Edward Wells II, J.A. Spahr-Summers, Michael Pacholski,

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

Karina Klesko, editor


Mark Savage

Souls And Passions


Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 5 June 30, 2008

The OutlawPoets II


Shanna's Beat

Shanna Baldwin Moore


Joyce Watkins, US: Free Verse: Divine Love

Ben Wesling, US: Free Verse: My Shrine is  Black


A Gallery of Venice Beach Photos


Michael Kleiza, CA

A Performance Piece

Bongos are optional …
(The beat of the night)


A. D. Winans, US—Free Verse: Marking Time  

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Free Verse: mouflon, money is cement, rain, The Lady and the Goddess

RD Armstrong, US: Manx Touches the Magic excerpt from El Pagano*

Scot Young, USFree Verse:  first gig, The Calling, A Beer With Bukowski, Bottom of the Ninth

G. David Schwartz—Light Verse: Some Times She's An Angel, My Mommie Plum Forgot, It Was A Hot Night, What Can I Possibly Say, I like Potatoes; Limerick: There Once Was A Beauty From Bombay, If I Never See You Again, She Puts A Bow On The Basket, My Pen Don't Write

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse: Mile marker 9, Number One, Disarmed, Pink Pearls and Turtlenecks, The Osprey, Nothing Lost, Communication Breakdown,  Wind In My Hair, It was a lovely merlot, Engulfed Cathedral

Lyn Lifshin: Free Verse:  Fifteen Selections from Cove Point: Camel, Dead Girls, Dying Girls (1), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (2), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (3), Dear Girls, Dying Girls (1), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (5), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (6), Dear Girls, Dying Girls (2), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (7), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (8), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (9), Dead Girls, Dying Girls (10), Dead Girl, Dying Girl (11), Dead Girl, Dying Girl (1), Dead Girls

Lyn Lifshin, US—Free Verse: Nineteen Selections from January Poems, 2006: Madonna of the Blue Jean Skirt, Blue, Past the Middle of the Month, Martin Luther King Day (1), Martin Luther King Day (2), Martin Luther King Day (3), Ginerra De Benci (1), Ginerra De Benci (2), Dark Energy, "Vermillion" He Wrote or was it "Vertuil?", January Rain, On The Porch and the Scream, Never Use Vermilion in a Poem,  Bad Friday Oh Not One More Awful Anything Blues, The Aloneliness Dream, Desperately Forgetting She's Dead, Before Any Lavender Streaks, The Black Pond, Trying To Not Write A Dark Poem, Sky Going Royal Blue

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




August 2008 "frog(s)" Kukai Results

     First Place: Mary Davila, US

     Second Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

     Third Place: Karina Klesko, US

Read the

Read the "frog(s)" Kukai Results

Kukai Participants

Ed Baker, US; Gerry Bravi, CA; Daniela Bullas, US; John Daleiden, US;  Mary Davila, US; Jerry Dreesen, US; Sally Evans, UK (Scotland); Karina Klesko, US; Deborah P Kolodji, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Peter Pache, US; Ruth Price, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, US; Greg Schwartz, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Don Wentworth, US; Tammy Whishman, US; Eiko Yachimoto, JP

Eight Countries:  Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Romania, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States

 Editor's Choice

2008 August "water" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "water"  Haiku Thread


Participating Poets

Hortensia Anderson, US; Ed Baker, US; Gerry Bravi, CA; Daniela Bullas, UK; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, UK; Iga Gala-Miemus, PL; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Shannon O'Leary, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, US;  Kevin Ryan, UK; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, Maria Tirenescu, RO; AU; Eric V. "El Coyote", US; Ella Wagemakers, NL; Eiko Yachimoto, JP

Countries:  Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States

From The Editor's Desk

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US

Marking Time



R. D. Armstrong, US

El Pagano and Other
Twisted Tales



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