Cover Art 















Shanna Baldwin Moore, US



Photo Haiga

Robin Beshers, USPhoto Haiga; Pris Campbell, USPhoto Haiga; Charles Christian, UKPhoto Haiga; Jacek Margolak, PLPhoto Haiga; Mariusz Ogryzko, PLPhoto Haiga;  Shanna Baldwin MoorePhoto Haiga


Collaborative Photo Haiga

Mary Davila, US and Tracy KoretskyHaiga


Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 6: Chapter 5—Coming in the next Sketchbook

Installment 5: Chapter 4: Is a haijin a poet? Is a haiku art?—March / April 30, 2009 Sketchbook

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





Poems by Young Writers


Uriah Thornton-Emerson, USFree Verse11 year old Poet Laureate of Sheenway Schoool and Culture Center, Riverside Preparatory School,
Los Angles, CA

Yonatan Shir-Shalom, IL—Free Verse


Contest News & Announcements


CaribbeanKigo #04 Kukai Results

Sketchbook sunflower(s) Kukai Results



June 1 - November 30, 2009Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest

June 1, 2009: The Reagan Psalms CD on sale for $9.99

July 1, 2009: Voices of Israel 2009 Anthology availaible

July 1, 2009: DailyHaiga  Journal will Launch  on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

July 1 - 31, 2009: Calendar The Poet's Gallery from Philip Hackett

July 1 - August 20, 2009: Sketchbook July/August "cicada" Kukai last date for entry.

July 1 - August 26, 2009: Contribute to the Sketchbook July / August "___" haiku thread

July 10, 2009: Caribbean Kigo Kukai #05 "summer vacation" last date for submission

July 12, 2009in Albuquerque @ 3:00 pm reading by Lawrence Welsh & Todd Moore

July 31, 2009 in handHSA Henderson and Brady Haiku and Senryu Contests

July 31, 2009Cyclamens and Swords Summer Issue dealine - July 31st: Newsletter

End of July, 2009—Announcement: Late July Book Publication of Annie and The Only One Problem Bear by Jayne Kaplan with Illustrations by Betty Kaplan.

August 1, 2009Submission Deadline for Autumn / Winter moonset

August 3 - 31, 2009August 2009 Poet's Gallery Calendar

August 5-9, 2009Haiku North America 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

August 20, 2009: Sketchbook July / August "cicada" Kukai last date for entry

August 26, 2009: last day to Contribute to the Sketchbook July / August "beach" haiku thread

September 19, 2009Announcing the 2009 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest Postmark Deadline

October 31, 2009San Francisco International Competition: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay

October 31, 2009IHS International Haiku Competition 2009 postmarked

November 1, 2009Entry date for 2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents


Connecting to Israel

21 June, The Solstice

by Helen-Bar Lev

Voices of Israel 2009 Anthology availaible


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev invite you to visit their website; poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.


Connecting to China

The Case of the Chinese Notary Public

By Bob Lucky



Connecting to Trinidad and Tobago

Drag Yuh Bow

by Gillena Cox, TT







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 July / August 2009 "cicada" Kukai

The July / August 2009 summer Kukai theme is "cicada" . Use the exact words "cicada"  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: cicada kukai

Submissions: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 – Thursday, August 20, 2009 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, August 21 - Friday, August 28, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, August 31, 2009 Sketchbook.

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 July / August 2009 "beach" Thread

The theme of the July / August 2009 haiku thread will be anything to do with the beach.

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

Subject Line: July / August 2009 "beach" haiku thread.

Deadlines: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 – Midnight Wednesday, August 26, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at July / August 2009 "beach" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Monday, August 31, 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
May / June 30, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 3


Featuring Sketchbook Authors
for May / June 30, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 3

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for May / June 30, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 3

Index to May / June, 2009 Sketchbook


Experimental Forms

Plus 1

The Little Black Book

Videos—New Book Fair Video

Poetry Readings—Ummm Yum by Gillena Cox


Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward




Breindel Lieba Kasher




Rengay Through The Seasons

by Masago and Friends


Late SpringMay: 36-39 (This Issue)
J. Andrew Lockhart # 39

 Early & Late SummerJune: 40-44 (This Issue)
Hortensia Anderson # 44

AutumnSeptember: 1-5
October: 6-9
November: 10-13
WinterDecember: 14-18
Mid-Winter—January: 19-22
Late-Winter—February: 23-26
Early SpringMarch: 27-31
Mid Spring—April: 32-35



Poems by Young Writers


Uriah Thornton-Emerson, USFree Verse11 year old Poet Laureate of Sheenway Schoool and Culture Center, Riverside Preparatory School,
Los Angles, CA

Yonatan Shir-Shalom, IL—Free Verse




Featuring Jan Oskar Hansen

...And It Was Her Summer



Memories of Mattoon

Trying out for the Cardinals

F. N. Wright



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

The May / June 2009, issues are now on line:

Vol. 6, Issue 6: May 1, 2009featuring art by Ed Baker; poetry by Dorien Grey and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Vol. 6, Issue 7: June 10, 2009featuring art by Linda Kent and poetry by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Vol. 6, Issue 8: July 8, 2009—featuring art by Sheng Wen Lo, poetry by Edward Wells II, You Tube vidio—The Boy in the Bubble, Paul Simon

Don't miss the Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary by zzbaggins in each of the above issues.

tree of life



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Karina Klesko, Editor



Venice Beat's

an Animato Video by Shanna Baldwin Moore




Adventures in POD Publishing (POD)

Jayne Kaplan, US





Judith Gergone, US; Jayne Kaplan, US; Uriah Rosheed Thornton-Emerson; US; Brian Strand, UK




Late July Book Publication

Annie and The Only One Problem Bear. Jayne Kaplan.  2009.  Illustrations by Betty Kaplan. Cover design by Karina Klesko.  ISBN 978-1-4392-3030-5  



Enter the Book Fair

Book Fair Video by Karina Klesko

Featured Books of the Month


Ed Baker, US



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
The Reagan Psalms CD, 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
Above and Beyond, Phyllis Jean Green
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Aju Mukhopadyay
goodnight, Ed Baker


May / June 2009 "sunflower(s)" Kukai Results

    First Place: John McDonald, UK

    Second Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

    Third Place: Janet Baker, US

Read the "Sunflower'(s)" Kukai Results

23 Participating Kukai Poets

Janet Baker, US; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Armando Corbelle (Catbird55), US; Martin Gottlieb Cohen, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, UK; Andrzej Dembonczky, PL; Garry Eaton, CA; John Holt, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Arthur Lewandowski, PL; Russell Libby, US; Erik Linzbach, AZ; Jacek Margolak, PL; Kyle Martin, CA: John McDonald, UK; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Saša Važić, Serbia; Rafal Zabratynski, PL


10 Participating Countries

Australia, Canada, India, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States



 Editor's Choice

2009 May / June "wedding" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the May / June "wedding" haiku thread

26 Participating Poets

Corbelle Armando (Catbird55), US; Ed Baker, US; Robin Beshers, US; W. R. Bongcaron, PH; Pris Campbell, US; Armando Corbelle, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Martin Gottlieb Cohen, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Jasminka Nadaskic Diordievic, RS; Garry Eaton, CA; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Artur Lewandowski, PL; Jacek Margolak, PL; K. A. Martin, CA; Iga Gala Miemus, PL; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Mariusz Ogryzko, PL; Karen O'Leary, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Saša Važić, Serbia; Monika Wojtenka, PL; Rafal Zabratynski, PL


Poets from 9 Countries participated

Australia, Canada, India, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States



From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US