Cover Art 















Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky 1888 - 1944

Russia / German / France




an'ya, USHaiga; Jacek Margolak, PL—Haiga


Photo Haiga

Andrzej Dembonczyk, PLPhoto Haiga


Collaborative Photo Haiga

Gillena Cox, TT and Michael Barbeau, USCollaborative Photo Haiga; Gillena Cox, TT and Keith A. SimmondsCollaborative Photo Haiga; Gillena Cox, TT and Cindy Tebo, USCollaborative Photo Haiga


Free Verse Haiga

Mary Davila, USFree Verse Haiga

Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 6: Chapter 5: Haiku of Hisajo in the Taisho period (from 1917 to 1926)

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


Cover Artist

Russ Freedland, US




Translation Feature

Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Contest News & Announcements



Caribbean Kigo # 06 Fireworks Kukai Results


Caribbean Kigo #07 Flood Kukai Results


Sketchbook cicada Kukai Results

Results of 2nd With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2009)



September 1, 2009: Voices of Israel 2009 Anthology availaible

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

September 1, 2009: September 2009 The Poet's Gallery Calendar: Philip Hackett

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

September 20, 2009: Haiku News a new haiku/tanka journal edited by Dick Whyte and Laurence Stacey

October 4th, 2:00 PM Poetry Super Highway winners announced in the 12th annual poetry contest

October 16, 2009: Reading at The Mill Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA. 7 - 9 PM: William Taylor Jr., MK Chavez, Christopher Robin and RD Armstrong.

October 30, 2009: Shamrock Haiku Journal Submission

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

October 31, 2009IHS International Haiku Competition 2009 postmarked

Concise Delight #2, WINTER 2009—Submit July through October, 2009. Publishes December 15. Submission Details

October 31, 20092nd Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge: Submission details

November 1, 2009the first all women's tanka journal: Moonbathing. Fall/Winter Issue: In-hand Deadline, November 1st.

November 1, 2009Entry date for 2009 Anderbo Poetry Prize

November 14, 2009Somerville News Writers Festival VII,
7 PM

November 30, 2009Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest

January 31, 2010The 2010 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards

January 31, 2010Kikakuza Haibun Contest

Information: Recognize the Signs of a Stroke



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents


Connecting to Israel

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 Portugal

A Village in Iberia

by Jan Oskar Hansen






John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Jan Oskar Hansen, Portugal
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 September / October 2009 "harvest moon" Kukai

The September / October  2009 Autumn Kukai theme is "harvest moon" . Use the exact words "harvest moon"  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: "harvest moon" kukai

Submissions: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 – Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Midnight.

Voting: Wednesday, October 21 - Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Saturday, October 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 September / October 2009 "Leaves" Thread

The theme of the September / October 2009 haiku thread will be Leaves. Haiku may reflect either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

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

Subject Line: Leaves September / October 2009 haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, October 26, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at September / October 2009 Leaves Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Friday, October 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
July / August 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 4


Featuring Sketchbook Authors
for July / August 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 4

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for July / August 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 4

Index to July / August 31, 2009 Sketchbook


Experimental Forms: Brian Strand, UK; Karina Klesko, US and Cindy Tebo, US

Haigay: Betty Kaplan, US; Max Verhart, NL; Marlčne Buitelaar, NL

Rengay: Tomislav Maretic, Croatia; Saša Važić, Serbia; Karina Klesko, US; Judith Gorgone, US; John Daleiden, US; Vaughn Steward, CA

Renhai: Zhanna P. Rader, US: Vaughn Seward, CA; John W. Sexton, UK; Janice Thomson, CA

Tanka: Karina Klesko, US and Cindy Tebo, US

Video: Alice Lenkiewicz, UKMarilyn's Grid



Rengay Through The Seasons

by Masago and Friends


Mid Summer: 45-48 (This Issue)
Guest—Zhanna P. Rader No. 48

Late Summer: 49-52 (This Issue)
—Gary Gay, No. 52

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
Late SpringMay: 36-39
Early & Late SummerJune: 40-44





Kandinsky Art




Ed Baker




Novels, Short Stories, Essays, Haiku



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

The July / August 2009, issues are now on line:

Vol. 6, Issue 9: July 20, 2009—Art by Amy Kohut and zzbaggins; Poetry by Christian Drake

Vol. 6, Issue 10: July 29, 2009—Art by zzbaggins; Poetry by J. A. Spahr-Summers

Vol. 6, Issue 11: August 4, 2009—Art by Ed Baker; Poetry by Oskar Hansen and J. A. Spahr-Summers

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

to the moon


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Authors, Countries





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

Featured Books of the Month


Pris Campbell, US

Sea Trails


Pamela A. Babusci, US

A Thousand Reasons: Tanka



M.J. Iuppa, US

Night Traveler



Andreas Gripp

Anathema: Poems Selected & New


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
Night Traveler, M.J. Iuppa
A Thousand Reasons: Tanka, Pamela A. Babusci
Anathema: Poems Selected & New, Andreas Gripp
Sea Tr
ails, Pris Campbell


May / June 2009 "Cicada" Kukai Results

    First Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

    Second Place: André Surridge, NZ

    Third Place: John McDonald, UK

Read the "Cicada" Kukai Results

Twenty-seven Participating Kukai Poets

Twenty-seven Participating Poets included: Nadia Adams, ZA; Robin Beshers, US, Willie Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; Garry Eaton, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Andrea Gradidge, CA; Mary-Jane Grandinetti, US; Phyllis Jean Green, US; Ignatius Fay, CA; Jens-Chr. Kjaer (Ashi), DK; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Artur Lewandowski, PL; Darrell Lindsey, US; Tomislav Maretic, (Croatia) RS; Jacek Margolak, PL; John McDonald, UK; Sarah Menefee, US; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Andrč Surridge, NZ; Barbara Taylor, AU; Saša Važić, (Serbia) RS; Rafal Zabratyniski, PL

Thirteen Participating Countries

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa (ZA), United Kingdom, United States


 Editor's Choice

2009 July / August "Beach" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the July / August "beach" haiku thread

The following twenty-six poets have contributed to the July / August "Beach" Haiku Thread:

Patricia Biela, US; Willie Ropelos Bongcaron, PH; Tanja Cilia, Malta; Gillena Cox, TT; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Garry Eaton, CA; Terri French, US; Victor Gendrano, US; Andrea Gradidge, CA; Alexander "Lex" Joy; Betty Kaplan, US; Ashi (Jens-Christian Kjaer), DK; Karina Klesko, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Artur Lewandowski, PL; Roy Linquist, NO; Jacek Margolak, PL; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter H. Pache, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Anne Smith, UK; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Saša Važič, Serbia; Neal Whitman, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Poets from eleven countries participated in the beach haiku thread:

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tabago, United Kingdom, United States



From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US