Cover Art 















Doris Kasson, US

now she asks





Laryalee Fraser, CAHaiga: a loon's cry; Maya Lyubenova, BGHaiga: draining the blood


Collaborative Haiga


Andrzej Dembonczyk, PL and Renia Olszówka, PLHaiga: autumn; Bronislawa Sibiga, PL and Dorota Pyra, PLHaiga: brisk morning


Photo Haiga

Juhani Tikkanen, FN—Haiga a chilly night; Max Verhart, NLHaiga: sax solo; Jacek Margolak, PL—Haiga: quince liqueur; Doris Kasson, US—Haiga: now she asks; Mariusz Ogryzkol, PL—Haiga: hot midday; Mary Davila, US—Haiga: earth scents; Audrey Downey, US—Three Haiga; Michelle V. Alkerton, CAHaiga: straining to hear; Iga Gala Miemus, PL—Six Haiga; Iolanda ScripcaHaiga: green secrets untold; Shanna Baldwin MooreHaiga: The Old Ones


Collaborative Photo Haiga

Pris Campbell, US and Geoff Sanderson, UKHaiga: light floods, arriving home
Marlčne Buitelaar, NL and Max Verhart, NLHaiga: wistfulness
Marlčne Buitelaar, NL and Max Verhart, NLHaiga: october sunshine

Judith Gorgone, US and Karina Klesko, USHaiga: canyon after canyon

Free Verse Haiga


Iolanda Scripca, USFree Verse Haiga: A Last Letter


Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 7: Chapter 6: Scheduled for publication in the next Sketchbook issue

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

Laryalee Fraser, CA

a loon's cry




Translation Feature

Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Contest News & Announcements


CaribbeanKigo #08 lights Kukai Results

Sketchbook "harvest moon" Kukai Results

Sketchbook "leaves" Haiku Thread



November 1, 2009Haiku News a new haiku/tanka journal edited by Dick Whyte and Laurence Stacey

November 8, 2009The Haiku Foundation: The Haiku Registry will be an online gallery where haiku poets can learn more about each other in a friendly setting where interaction is encouraged through our blog

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

November 15, 2009Submission details and Extension: Moonbathing, the first all women's tanka journal

November 29, 2009The New Issue of Haiku Reality (Stvarnost) is Published

November 30, 2009Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest

December 1, 2009 ExtensionCommemorate Shinran Shonin's 750th Memorial Observance with Poetry Calling for Haiku and Tanka

January 15, 2010a little haiku contest: IRIS haiku magazine, Ivanic Grad, Croatia

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

January 31, 2010Kikakuza Haibun Contest

March 12, 2010: 16th Annual Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival Details



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents



Connecting to Israel

Poetry News

by Helen-Bar Lev

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

Voices of Israel 2009 Anthology availaible



Connecting to India

Unknown Among the Known

by Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN



Connecting to Trinidad and Tobago

September Affair

by Gillena Cox, TT







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 November / December 2009 "the year ends" Kukai

The November / December 2009 Kukai theme is "the year ends" . Use the exact words "the year ends"  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: "the year ends" kukai

Submissions: Sunday, November 01, 2009 – Sunday, December 20, 2009 Midnight.

Voting: Monday, December 21 - Monday, December 28, 2009, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Thursday, December 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.

A kukai is a peered review poetry contest. A haiku Topic is assigned by the editor. An 'anonymized' list of submitted haiku is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to the editor who tallies the votes and publishes the haiku for the participants, this time with names and points revealed.



Announcing the November / December 2009 the "winter solstice" Thread

The theme of the November / December 2009 haiku thread will be anything to do with the "winter solstice in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words "winter solstice".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "winter solstice" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line:  November/December 2009 winter solstice haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, December 27, 2009.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at  November / December  2009 winter solstice Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, December 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
September / October 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 5


Featuring Sketchbook Authors
for September / October 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 5

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for September / October 31, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 5

Index to September / October 31, 2009 Sketchbook


Haiga: Michelle V. Alkerton, CA; Marlčne Buitelaar, NL; Pris Campbell, US; Mary Davila, US; Andrzej Dembonczky, PL; Audrey Downey, US; Laryalee Fraser, US; Judith Gorgone, US; Doris Kasson, US; Karina Klesko, US; Maya Lyubenova, BG; Jacek Margolak, PL; Renia Olszówka, PL; Mariusz Ogryzkol, PL; Iga Gala Miemus, PL; Dorota Pyra, PL; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Iolanda Scripca, US; Bronislawa Sibiga, PL; Juhani Tikkanen, FN; Max Verhart, NL

Rengay: Tomislav Maretić, (Croatia) and Saša Važič, (Serbia)

Renhai # 173 - 184: Gillena Cox, TT; Betty Kaplan, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Janice Seward, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA; Cindy Tebo, US; Karina Klesko, US

Renku: Barbara A. Taylor, AU and Moira Richards, South Africa


Ekphrastic Poems


Poem by Bernard Gieske, US and Painting by Dennis Sheehan, US: Lonely Walk Home

Poem by Bernard Gieske, US and Painting by Robert Lange, US: Gentle reminder - In Thoughtful Repose

Poem by Karin Anderson, US and Painting by Frederick McCubbin, AU—Lost


F. N. Wright

Memories of Mattoon

Embarras River

The Birds



A Tribute to Tony Scibella

by Shanna Baldwin Moore


Video by Shanna Baldwin Moore

Venice Beats


Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

The September 2009, issue is now on line:

Vol. 6, Issue 12: September 8, 2009:

Art by Amy Kohut and zzbaggins; Poetry by Belinda Subraman and J. A. Sphar-Summers

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

Flower Power / Whackular

Amy Kohout and J.A. Spahr-Summers

Please use the back arrow in the main
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Karina Klesko, Editor






Karen O'Leary, US





Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month


Jayne Kaplan, US

Annie and The Only One Problem Bear



Monica E. Smith, US

Kindred: A Family Portrait


Sea Trails

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
Annie and The Only One Problem Bear, Jayne Kaplan
Kindred: A Family Portrait, Monica E. Smith
only the white, Max Verhart


September / October  2009 "harvest moon" Kukai Results

    First Place: April Serock, US

    Second Place: Rita Odeh, IL

    Third Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

72 Poets  from 18 different  countries wrote 158 "harvest moon" Haiku.

Read the "harvest moon" Kukai Results

Seventy-two Participating Kukai Poets

Michelle V. Alkerton, CA; Corbelle Armando, US; Ed Baker, US; Francine Banwarth, US; Willie R. Boncaron, PH; Gerry Bravi,  CA; Daniela Bullas, UK; Martin Cohen, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Mary Davila, US; Audrey Downey, US; Ignatius Fay, CA; Adelle Foley, US; Jack Foley, US; Terri French, US; Patricia Geyer, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Deirdre Godwin, CA; Judith Gorgone, US; Phyllis Jean Green, US; Gabor G. Gyukics, HU; Philip Hackett, US; Alexander "Lex" Joy, US; Manu Kant, IN; Breindel, Kasher, IL; Frank Kelly, US; Jens-Christian Kjaer, DK; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Jill Lang, US; Michael Laroque, US; Gary LeBel, US; Erik Linzbach, US; Carole MacRury, US; Tomislav Maretic, Croatia; Jacek Margolak, PL; John McDonald, UK; Tracy McPherson, US; Anne E. Michael, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Gautam Nadkarni, IN; Rita Odeh, IL; Peter H. Pache, US; Carol Pearce, US; Eric Petterson, CA; Charishma Ramchandani, IN; Elaine Riddell, NZ; Rebecca Saxon, US; April Serock, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Monica E. Smith, US; Paul Smith, UK; Iolanda Scripca, US; Richard Stevenson, CA; Brian Strand, UK; André Surridge, NZ; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Juhani, Tikkanen, FI; Jennie Townsend, US; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US; Diana Woodcock, Quatar; Eiko Yachimoto, JP; Gosia Zamorska, PL

Eighteen Participating Countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, German, Hungry, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


 Editor's Choice

2009 September / October "leaves" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices: ...As Ancient As Time

Read the September / October "leaves" haiku thread

The following twenty-eight poets have contributed to the September / October "leaves" Haiku Thread:

Karin Anderson, AU; Ralf Bröker, DE; Willie Bongcaron, PH; Daniela Bullas, UK; Patricia Carragon, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Ignatius Fay, CA; Terri French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Phyllis Jean Green, US; Alexander "Lex" Joy, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Karen O'Leary, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Peter H. Pache, US; Elaine Riddell, NZ; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Monica E. Smith, US; André Surridge, NZ; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US; Monika Wojtenka, PL

Poets from thirteen countries participated in the "leaves" haiku thread:

Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US