Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms





Cover Art














Mary Davila, US



Pris Campbell, USHaiga; Maya Lyubenova, BGHaiga; Jacek Margolak, PLHaiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, USHaiga

Susan Constable, CAPhoto Haiga; Mary Davila, USPhoto Haiga; Laryalee Fraser, CAPhoto Haiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Photo Haiga

Pris Campbell, US




Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 4: Chapter 3: Kyoshi and the Irony of Shiki’s Modern Haiku Movement—February 2009 Sketchbook

Installment 3: Chapter 2: Glass Ceilings of Hisajo Renaissance—December 2008 Sketchbook

Installment 2: Chapter 1: Who Introduced Hisajo—November 2008 Sketchbook

Installment 1: Prologue: My Courtesy VisitOctober 2008 Sketchbook

by Eiko Yachimoto


Cover Artist

Magnolia Canopy

Mary Hillier, US


tea candles flicker
at the end of February
scent of magnolia

Karina Klesko




Contest News

Results of the First International Erotic Tanka Contest




March 4, 2009Shamrock Haiku Journal

March 8, 2009 (Sunday)Raindog (RD Armstrong) sits in for Jane Crown at Blog Talk Radio and interviews John Yamrus.

March 17, 2009Caribbean Kigo Kukai # 01

March 28 at 7:00 pm. Saturday: Rafael Francisco Jose Alvarado invites you to "Corrie Greathouse At The Encino Barnes & Noble"

March 31, 2009Call for submissions to Modern Haibun and Tanka Prose

April 15, 2009 DeadlineKaji Aso Studio 21st Annual Haiku Contest

April 30, 2009—Sejong Writing Competition: Sijo and Essay Competition for Pre-College Students

May 31, 2009Deadline for Submission to Shamrock Haiku Journal

June 15, 2009Prune Juice No. 2, Summer 2009: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents


Connecting to South Africa

14: Casper

by Jeff Spahr-Summers



Connecting to China

4: Let me Say a Few Things, but not in Chinese

by Bob Lucky



Connecting to Israel

Landscapes of the North and the Galilee

Coloured Pencils and Watercolour Paintings Exhibition

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 "spring dream(s)" April 2009 Kukai

The April 2009 Kukai theme is "spring dream(s)". Use the exact words "spring dream(s)"  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:"spring dreams" kukai

Submissions: Sunday, March 01, 2009 – Saturday, April 18, 2009 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, April 19 - Sunday, April 26, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Thursday, April 30, 2009 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 March / April 2009 blossoms Thread

The theme of the March / April 2009 haiku thread will be anything that blooms.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the blossoms Thread.

Subject Line: blossoms  March / April 2009 haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Friday, April 24, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at blossoms thread March / April 2009.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, April 30, 2009 Sketchbook.



Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

In 2009 Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month bi-monthly:  February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Submission deadline: 20th of each publishing month six times a year.

Submissions are open to the general public.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name

Renhai Editor, Vaughn Seward:

Read the complete submission guidelines



Sketchbook Special Features
February 28, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 1

Ekphrastic Poem
Free Verse


Featuring Sketchbook Authors
for February 28, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 1

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for February 28, 2009, Vol. 2, No. 1

The Little Black Book: Enter

Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward


Making Sense

A Series of Haigay

by Marlène Buitelaar, NL and Betty Kaplan, US

Artwork by Max Verhart, NL



"Free" Renku

A Hare in a Hollow

Vaughn Seward, CA and Zhanna P. Rader, US




Rengay Through The Seasons

by Masago and Friends

Mid-Winter—January: 19-22 (This Issue)
Late-Winter—February: 23-26 (This Issue)

AutumnSeptember: 1-5
October: 6-9
November: 10-13
WinterDecember: 14-18



Ed Baker

# 2 Through the Window 8:35 A.M. 4/11/98

NeighborBook 3: Shades: Table of Contents

NeighborBook 2: Calling You: Table of Contents

NeighborBook 1: Arousal,   NeighborBook 1: Arousal Table of Contents



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

The February 25, 2009, Vol. 6, Issue 2 is now online:

Featuring collaborative Art by Amy Kohut and ZZbaggins, as well as, Poetry by Robert King.

Stephen Biko

Seasonal Showers in Pretoria

In November
Jacarandas grow
Powerful summer flowers
Showy blue in hue
And throughout December
Violet showers blow
Just so
Like snow
Floating to and fro
Down the flowing
Boulevards below

Jeffrey Spahr-Summers 1991
from Frank Talk Blog


Poetry Victims Features

Music by Kylie Minogue
ZZ Baggins: Not Quite So Personal and Irregular Diary
ZZ Baggins Photography
World According to ZZ Baggins
Who the Hell?

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Karina Klesko, Editor



Mark Savage

Rafael F. J. Alvarado

Photograph by Mark Savage

Souls and Passions Project



Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US



The Reagan Psalms CD



Michael Dickel

The World Behind it, Chaos

Michael Dickel, a poet and photographer with degrees in psychology, creative writing and English Literature from the University of Minnesota, teaches at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dickel's prize-winning work has appeared in literary journals, art books, and anthologies for over 20 years. This debut book magnificently explores chaos & mystery.

read poems from The World Behind it, Choas


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
El Pagano and Other Twisted Tales, RD Armstrong
Marking Time, A. D. Winans
Restoration Poems, Ed Baker
As If, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
The Reagan Pslams CD, A. D. Winans
Hesitant Commitments, Pris Campbell
The Dark Abode, Dr.Sarojini Sahoo
The World Behind it, Chaos, Michael Dickel


February 2009 "hazy moon" Kukai Results

    First Place: Vasile Moldovan, RO

    Second Place: Catherine J. S. Lee, US

    Third Place: Christopher Herald, US

Read the "hazy moon" results

Participants in the "hazy moon" kukai

Barbara Anderson, US; Cheryl Ashley, US'; Francine Bamwarth; Robin Beshers, US; Tom Cassell, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Mary Davila, US; Tanya Dikova, IL; Victor P. Gendrano, US; Deirdre Godwin, CA: Judith Gorgone, US; Christopher Herold, US; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Doris Kasson, US; William Kenney, US: Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Ioan Marineseu-Puiu, RO; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Peter Pache, US; Bill Pauly, US:;  Kristin Reynolds, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Elehne de Sousa, CA: Barbara A. Taylor, AU; John Thompson, US; Eric V. "El Coyote", US; Priscilla Van Valkenburgh, US; Tad Wojnicki, US/TW; Eiko Yachimoto, JP; Sherry Zhou, CA;

Countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Poland, Romania, Trinadad and Tobogo, Taiwan, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States


 Editor's Choice

2009 February "arts and crafts" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the Spring "arts and crafts" haiku thread

Participating Poets

Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Margaret D. McGee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Ioan Marinescu-Puiu, RO; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter H. Pache, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Eric V. aka El Coyote, US

Australia, Poland, Romania, Trinadad and Tabogo,  United States


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US