Cover Art 














Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR


See Additional Art by Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR



Ed Baker, US: Haiga—bamboo, Banana Tree Blossom, in Mountain Mind
Gillena Cox, TT: frenzied whistlers
Mary Davila, US: Haigaribbon curls
Judith Gorgone, US: Haiga
tree trimming
Ramona Linke, DE: Haiga
Blue winter moon
Jacek Margolak, PL: Haigadecember morning


Collaborative Haiga

Andrzej Dembończyk, PL and Renia Olszówka, PL: Haiga—walk in the park


Photo Haiga

Silvija Butković, CR: Photo Haigafirst snow
Pris Campbell, US: Haiga
trees still shivering
Audrey Downey, US: Photo Haigalast hurrah
John Irvine, NZ: Photo Haiga
—song lyrics stuck; rider loses race
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US: Photo Haigagoddess of the volcano
Geoff Sanderson, UK: Haiga
troubled sleep
Max Verhart, NL: Haigahow do I look
Durda Vukelic-Rozic, CR: Haigathe tranquility; a dry marsh


Collaborative Photo Haiga

Curtis Dunlap, US and Alana Dunlap, US: Photo Haiga—winter solstice
Malvina Mileta, CR and Majda Mileta, CR: Photo Haiga
snowy field, autumn on the plate
Marija Pogorilic, CR and Vedran Pogorilic, CR: Photo Haiga
the sky trembles
Durda Vukelic-Rozic, CR and Stjepan Rozic, CR: Haigathe tranquility


Free Verse Haiga

Larayalee Fraser, US: Free Verse HaigaI caught a strand...
John Irvine, NZ: Free Verse HaigaLittle Bo Peep


Ekphrastic Haiga

Iolanda Scripca, US: Ekphrastic Haiga—Life's Humor


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

Gillena Cox, TT

Haiga: frenzied whistlers




Featuring Sketchbook Authors

for November / December 31, 2009 / January 31, 2010
Vol. 4, No. 6

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for November / December 31, 2009 / January 31, 2010
Vol. 4, No. 6

Index for the November December 209 Sketchbook
Vol. 4, No. 6


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


State Poet Laureate Information


Index to November / December 31, 2009 Sketchbook





Translation Feature

Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language



Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook "year ends" Kukai Results

Sketchbook "winter solstice" Haiku Thread



2010: The Renku Journal: Launch

January 2010Sketchbook Announcements...  from The Editor's Desks

January 2010Cyclamens and Swords Publishing Newsletter

January 3, 2010Winners of the 14th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition

January 2010Haibun Today switches to Quarterly Journal publication

January 3, 2010Prune Juice Journal Issue 3 Published

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

January 31, 2010Atlas_Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place Submissions close

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

January 31, 2010Kikakuza Haibun Contest

January 31, 2010The Haiku Calendar Haiku Competition at Snapshot Press

January 31, 2010Submission Deadline for Masks III Journal of haiku

January 31, 20101st Annual Poetry Contest at joyful

February 1, 2010moonset submission deadline for next issue

February 14, 2010Postmark Deadline for The Betty Drevniok Award 2010

February 28, 2010Submission Deadline for Shamrock Haiku Journal

March 1, 2010Submissions close: 3LIGHTShaiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka with a musical theme

March 12, 201016th Annual Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival Details

March 31, 2010Romanian Haiku Contest

March 31, 2010Deadline for submission: HaikuNow! National Haiku Contests for 2010 at The Haiku Foundation

March 31, 2010Deadline: Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku Translation, and Criticism

April 15, 20102010 Haiku Pen Contest Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine

May 1, 2010Submission Deadline for Prune Juice Journal Issue 4



Sketchbook Mailbag


Norman Olson


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents



Connecting to Israel


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 available







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 January / February 2010 "melting snow" Kukai

The January / February Kukai theme is "melting snow" . Use the exact words "melting"  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: "melting snow" kukai

Submissions: Friday, January 01, 2010 – Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Thursday, February 18 - Thursday, February 25, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, February 28, 2010 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 January / February "Valentine's" Thread

The theme of the January / February haiku thread will be anything to do with the "Valentine's Day" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words "Valentine's Day".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "Valentine's Day" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: JanFeb "Valentine" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, February 24, 2010.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at  January / February 28, 2010 "Valentine" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Sunday, February 28, 2010 Sketchbook.



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

In 2010 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
November / December 31 / January 31, 2010 Vol. 4, No. 6


Featuring Sketchbook Authors
November / December 31, 2009 / January 31, 2010 Vol. 4, No. 6

Featuring Sketchbook II Authors
for November / December 31, 2009 / January 31, 2010 Vol. 4, No. 6

Index for the November December 209 Sketchbook, Vol. 4, No. 6




from Karina Klesko

Dear All,

We apologize for the lateness of this issue as it could not be helped. We are going to try and make it up by publishing a Special February Issue...of art and Love to all.

Please send in any love poems, art etc...A.S.A.P

We will also send out an Invitation to our mailing list. Not on our list ? Write us at  and we will add you.

Simply Haiku is putting on a new look, I hear....  They have asked me to be the Renku Editor and I have accepted. Please let me know if you have renku or just submit to:

We are also changing the submissions for the Sketchbook Kukai to a monthly kukai, which will run similar to the Shiki List. Each month a new kigo will be presented and submissions taken...timely voting.

The winners will be notified by email.

We will then publish the completed Kukai in the following Sketchbook.

Look at the contents page for further instructions.

Many Blessings,

Karina Klesko

From The Editor's Desks


Haibun: Damir Damir Janjalija, Montenegro; Saša Važić, Serbia; Patrick Wafula, East Africa

Haiga: Silvija Butković, CR; Pris Campbell, US; Mary Davila, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Audrey Downey, US; Alana Dunlap, US; Curtis Dunlap, US; Laryalee Fraser, CA; John Irvine, NZ; Ramona Linke, DE; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Renia Olszówka, PL; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Vedran Pogorilic, CR; Durda Vukelic-Rozic, Croatia; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Iolanda Scripca, US; Max Verhart, NL

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

Haiku: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Pris Campbell, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL

Renga: Christmas RengaJudith Gorgone, US and Donnie Wiggins, US

Renga: Celebrations!
Judith Gorgone, US and Donnie Wiggins, US

Renga: RenplayJudith Gorgone, US and Donnie Wiggins, US

Renga:  A Shisan: The Sky Full of Stars: Renjyu: Sprite, John R. Snyder, Karina Klesko: John Carley - sabaki

Rengay:  Tomislav Maretić, CR; Saša Važić, SR

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Dr. Vidur Jyoti, IN; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA

Renku:  Things to do:  Eiko Yachimoto, sabaki

Tanka: Cindy Tebo, US; Stacey Dye, US; Victor Gendrano, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Andrea Surridge, NZ; Brian Zimmer, CA

Tanka Renga: Whispering Softly: Alan Mc Gill and Karina Klesko

Tanka Triad: Tchaikovsky Drifts: Gerry Bravi, Jim Swift, b'oki, Carol Macrury, Larylee Fraser, Michael Evans, Mary Angela Nangini, Linda Papanicolaou, Michael McClintock


Shisan Renku

Things to do


Eiko Yachimoto, sabaki



Ekphrastic Poetry

Bernard Gieske: The Girl with the Pearl Earring

Bernard Gieske: Double EthereeThe Letter

Iolanda Scripca: Life's Humor



Memories of Mattoon

Christmas on Pine Street

A Roofing Party

F. N. Wright, US


Ed Baker




Experimental Poetry Feature

The 'emily'

by Brian Strand




Christmas Haiku

Tatjana Debeljacki, CR





Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

The September 2009, issue is now on line:

Volume 6, Issue 13: November 9 of Poetry Victims is now online: featuring visual art by Cesar Ivan and poetry by Belinda Subraman

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

8th and Pearl

zz Baggins

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Karina Klesko, Editor





Dante Bravi, CA; John Daleiden, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US




Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month



Rat atouille for the rindless

John Irvine


The Wandering Poet

Cold Mountain


Jayne Kaplan, US

Annie and The Only One Problem Bear


Max Verhart, NL

only the white: A Haiga Collection


Helen Bar-Lev and Johnmichael Simon

The Muse in the Suitcase


Katherine L. Gordon and Helen Bar-Lev

In Moonlight The Sky Will Slide


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
Cold Mountain, Wandering Poet
Rat atouille for the Rindless, John Irvine
In Moonlight The Sky Will Slide, Katherine L. Gordon and Helen Bar-Lev
The Muse in the Suitcase, Helen Bar-Lev and Johnmichael Simon


November / December  2009 "year ends" Kukai Results

    First Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

    Second Place: Zhanna P. Rader, US

    Third Place Tie: Audrey Downey, US;  D. V. Rozic, CR; John McDonald, UK; Jacek Margolak, PL

Forty-four Poets  from fourteen different countries wrote one hundered and six "year ends" Haiku.

Read the "year ends" Kukai Results

Forty-four Participating Kukai Poets

Karin Anderson, AU; Robert Bauer, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Leslie Brockway, US; Daniela Bullas, UK; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Gerry Bravi, CA; Patricia Carragon, US; Martin Cohen, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembonczky, PL; Ignatius Fay, CA; Victor P. Gendrano, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Michelle L. Harvey, US; Krzysztof, Kokot, PL; Bob Lucky, CH; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Ramona Linke, DE; Tomislav Maretic, CR; Jacek Margolak, PL; John McDonald, UK; Robert Naczas, PL; Rita Odeh, IL; Peter H. Pache, US; Dejan Pavlinovic, CR; Dragan J. Ristic, SR; D. V. Rozic, CR; Frances Shaffi, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; André Surridge, NA; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Juhani, Tikkanane, FI; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US

Fourteen Participating Countries

Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States



 Editor's Choice

2009 November / December "winter solstice" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the November / December "winter solstice" haiku thread

The following forty-two poets have contributed two hundred-nine poems to the November / December "winter solstice" Haiku Thread:

Karin Anderson, AU; Wolfgang Beutke, DE; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Gerry Bravi, CA; Leslie Brockway, US; Ralf Broker, DE; Daniela Bullas, UK; Patricia Carragon, US; Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; John Daleiden, US; Jon Davey, UK; Audrey Downey, US; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Linda Hofke, DE; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Ramona Linke, DE; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tomislav Maretic, Croatia; Jacek Margolak, PL; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Elliot Nicely, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter H. Pache, US; Dejan Pavlinovic, CR; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Terrie Leigh Relf, US; D. V. Rozic, Croatia; Iolanda Scripca, US; Frances Shaffi, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; André Surridge, NZ; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Cindy Tebo, US; Janice Thomson, CA; Juhani Tikkanen, FI; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sasa Vazic, Serbia; Ruth Walters, UK; Neal Whitman, US

Poets from thirteen Countries participated:  Australia, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago,  United Kingdom, United States



From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US







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