Cover Art 




Photo by Maria Grin, Photopress





Ed Baker, USHaiga: Kiki De Montparnasse

Judi Hall, US—Photo Haiga: sun gleams

Ramona Linke, DEHaiga: April shower


Collaborative Haiga


Pris Campbell, US and Mike Keville, UK: daydreaming, gone as soon

Karina Klesko, US and Photopress: lemonade stand

Keith A. Simmons, TT and Gillena Cox, TT: darker shades of brown


Photo Haiga

Silvija Butkovic, CRPhoto Haiga: white magic

Tatjana Debeljacki, SRPhoto Haiga: In the house a sun ray

Jacek Margolak, PLPhoto Haiga: leaving the meadow

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USPhoto Haiga: lovely lehua

Sarah Rehfeldt, USPhoto Haiga: Listen, just listening in, Rain, or no rain

Stevie Strang, USPhoto Haiga: sleepless night, visions, sitting in traffic, in a hurry


Collaborative Photo Haiga


Pris Campbell, US and Geoff Sanderson, UKmen hold her

Pris Campbell, US and Geoff Sanderson, UKour hideaway

Judi and Don Hall, USmisting

Marija Pogorilic, CR and Vedran Pogorilic, CRCollaborative Photo Haiga: an anxious mother


Free Verse Haiga

Ed Baker, US: Free Verse Haiga: Legends

Andrzej Dembończyk, PLFree Verse Haiga: Today...

Laryalee Fraser, CAFree Verse Haiga: irreversible


Photo Tanka


Carmella Braniger, USPhoto Tanka: Rome, Santorini



Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 7: Chapter 6: Hisajo’s haiku at the second peak of her creativity

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

   lemonade stand
   tucked away in the attic
   a box full of change

   Karina Klesko

lemonade stand



Featuring Sketchbook Poets
March / April 2010, Vol. 5, No. 2


Featuring Sketchbook II Poets 
March / April 2010, Vol. 5, No. 2

Index for March / April 2010, Vol. 5, No. 2


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


State Poet Laureate Information






Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook "spring rain" Kukai Results

Sketchbook "flower(s)" Haiku Thread




April 2010Cyclamens and Swords Publishing April 2010 Newsletter

April 21, 2010Winners of the HaikuNow! Contest 2010

May, 2010New Bilingual Haiku Journal WHIRLIGIG

May, 2010Cyclamens and Swords May 2010 Newsletter

May, 2010Philip Hackett May 2010 Calendar

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

May 8, 2010A. D. Winans Chapbook: Love Zero with foreword by Neeli Cherkovski

May 10, 2010—Postmark Deadline: The 11th Tanka Society of America’s International Competition Call for Submissions

May 12th - 23rd 2010Bath Japanese Festival in Bath (and Bristol), England

May 20, 2010Haijinx Quarterly Call for Submissions

May 23, 2010Kids Count for Earthday 5-7-5 Haiku Contest Earthday Haiku Contest! April 22 - Deadline May 23rd, 2010:  open to individual students 7 -20 years old.

May 31, 2010In-hand deadline: Annual Kiyoshi & Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest

May 31, 2010Black River Chapbook Competition

May 31, 2010Magnapoets Submission Guidelines

May 31, 2010—Deadline for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Fifth Annual international Haiku Invitational

June, 2010Philip Hackett June 2010 Calendar

June 1, 2010—Apokalipsa magazine call for 6th Haiku Comic or Comic of Haiku

June 1, 2010Submission deadline: Roadrunner

June 12, 2010—Postmarked deadline: 2nd Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest

June 17, 2010The 7th annual Wabi Sabi Celebration at The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, Marin County, CA, led by David Grayson: at 7 p.m.  Readers include Duff Axsom, Karen Benke, Dick Brown, CB Follett, Abby Wasserman and Bernie Weiner.

June 20, 2010—The Sketchbook May / June 2010 "morning breeze" Kukai

June 30, 2010International Capoliveri Haiku Contest 2010

June 30, 2010Catzilla! Cat Tanka Call for Submissions

June 30, 2010—In Hand mail deadline: The HSA Members’ Anthology 2010

July 31, 2010Cyclamens and Swords Publishing

July 31, 2010Deadline: Matsuo Basho Poetry Offerings

August 1, 2010The Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2010

August 31, 201014th annual Mainichi Haiku Contest

October 1, 2010Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2010 English-Language Haibun Contest

October 7-10, 2010—Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey including a reading by Penny Harter

October 15, 2010Mailed entry in hand: Single Island Press Haiku Contest

November 1, 2010Submission deadine: Moonbathing: A Journal of Women's Tanka

June 20, 2011FWEE Hydropower Haiku Contest




Sketchbook Mailbag

Norman Olson, US




Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents


Connecting to Israel

A Brief Report

Interview with Susan Rosenberg

Poems of Susan Rosenberg

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




Connecting to India

Holi a Colourful Revelry

by Aju Mukhopadhyay




Connecting to Nigeria

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers’ Magical Stage

by E. E. Sule




Connecting to China

A Year of the Tiger Saga

by Bob Lucky






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.



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



Announcing  May / June 2010 "morning breeze" Kukai

The May / June 2010  Kukai theme is "morning breeze". Use the exact words "morning breeze"  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: "
morning breeze" kukai

Submissions: Friday, May 01, 2010 – Saturday, June 20, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, June 21 - Sunday, June 28, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Tuesday, June 30, 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 May / June 2010 "beach" Thread

The theme of the May / June haiku thread will be anything to do with the "beach" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the word "beach".

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

Subject Line: May / June "beach" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Thursday, June 25, 2010.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at May / June 2010 "beach" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Tuesday, June 30, 2010 Sketchbook.




Sketchbook Special Features

March / April, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 2

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets 

Index for March / April 2010, Vol. 5, No. 2

Eastern Genre

Haibun: Patrick Wafula, KE

Haiga: Ed Baker, US; Carmella Braniger, US; Silvija Butkovic, CR; Pris Campbell, US; Gillena Cox,TT; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Seánan Forbes, US / UK; Laryalee Fraser, CA; Judi and Don Hall, US; Cara Holman, US; Mike Keville, UK; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Marija Pogorilic, CR and Vedran Pogorilic, CR; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Sarah Rehfeldt, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT: Stevie Strang, US

Haigay: Betty Kaplan, US; Max Verhart, NL

Haiku: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer NL; Silvija Butkovic, CR; Elizabeth Howard, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Jacek Margolak, Pl; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Stevie Strang, US; Tad Wojnicki, US / Taiwan

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Toshiaki Koike, CA; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA

Tanka: Carmella Braniger, US; John Daleiden, US; Victor Gendrano, US; Peggy Heinrich, US; Terry Ingram, US; Mark Lonergan, IR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sasa Vazic, SR; Brian Zimmer, US/CA

Western Genre

Free Verse: Karin Anderson, AU; RD Armstrong, US; Sharon Auberle, US; Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; Joseph Farley, US; Hugh Fox, US; Mark Dohle, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Peggy Heinrichs, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Benita Kape, NZ; Tracy McPherson, US; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Vera Primorac, CR; Susan Rosenberg, IL; Fred Jeremy Seligson, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Durda Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Ruth Walters, US; Neal Whitman, US

Sonnet, Free Verse, Rondeau, Alouette: Karina Anderson, AU

Experimental Forms: eap Cinquain: eap-INNOCENCE; eap BEAUTYBrian Strand, UK

Lanterne: Afterglow; Fibonacci: Reconciliation; Acrostic: Free, Politicians; Quatrain: The Best GiftKaren O'Leary

Diminished Hexaverse: Frosted LullabyIolanda Scripca, US

Quatrain: The Best GiftKaren O'Leary, US

Quintet: To ObieMary Lou O'Brien, US



The Poets Celebrate Mother's Day, May 9, 2010

Karin Anderson, AU; RD Armstrong, US; Don Baird, US; Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Patricia Carragon, US;  Gillena Cox, TT; Joseph Farley, US; Hugh Fox, US; Terri L. French, US; Victor Gendrano, US; Judi Hall, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Peggy Heinrich, US; Terry Ingram, US; Benita Kape, NZ; Jens-Christian Kjær (Ashi), DK; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Mary Lou O'Brien, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Marija Pogorilic, CR;  Vera Primorac, CR; Fred Jeremy Seligson, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Heike Stehr, DE; Kim Tairi;  Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Saša Važić, SR; Ruth Walters, US; Neal Whitman, US; Brian Zimmer, US/CA; Jadran Zalokar, CR



Art Feature

Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR





Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview with Susan Rosenberg

Read Poem by Susan Rosenberg



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  Poetry Victims

Volume 7, Issue 1: April 7, 2010 of Poetry Victims is now online: featuring poetry by SETH and art by Anna Maly

Don't miss the Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary by zzbaggins in the current Poetry Victims issue.


zz baggins


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Karina Klesko, Editor






A. D. Winans

Chapbook Released

LOVE - ZERO in the Book Fair

With foreword by Neeli Cherkovski





March / April 2010 "spring rain" Kukai Results

    First Place: John McDonald, UK (Scotland)

    Second Place:   Bouwe Brouwer, NL

    Third Place Tie:  John Daleiden, US

Read the "spring rain" Kukai Results

The following twenty-five haiku poets participated in the Kukai:

Willie Bongcaron, PH; Loren Brockway, NL; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; John Daleiden, US; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Bernard Gieske, US; Michele Harvey US; Cara Holman, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Dejan Pavlinovic, CR; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Heike Stehr, DE; Brian Strand, UK (England); Elaine Whitman, US; Neal Whitman, US; Rafal Zabartyniski, PL; Leon Zeldis, IL

Poets from the following nine countries contributed to the Kukai:

Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States


Editor's Choice "flower(s)" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the March / April 30, 2010 "flower'(s)" haiku thread

The following twenty-eight poets from ten countries have contributed one hundred and thirteen haiku to this Thread

Karin Anderson, AU; Leslie Brockway, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer, NL;,  Daniela Bullas, UK (England); Joseph B. Connolly, US; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele Harvey, US; Cara Holman, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Stevie Strang, US; Patrick Wafula, Nairobi, Kenya; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Elaine Whitman, US; Neal Whitman, US; Ashley Wood, UK; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, United Kingdom










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