Cover Art 





Karina Klesko, US

notes to a song


"moss" Poem the Picture Contest


Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send your entry to by August 25, 2010.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image.





Karina Klesko, USHaiga: reading braille
Karina Klesko, US
Haiga: mother's womb
Jacek Margolak, PL
Haiga: sleepless night


Collaborative Haiga


Pris Campbell, US and Mike Keville, UKCololaborative Haiga: as soon as


Photo Haiga

Mary Davila, USPhoto Haigacrossing timelines...
Ramona Linke, DEPhoto Haiga: under apple trees
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Photo Haiga: birdsong


Collaborative Photo Haiga


Fran Carol, US and Francis Masat, USCollaborative Photo Haiga: late summer

Judi Hall, CA and Don Hall, CACollaborative Photo Haiga: memories


Free Verse Haiga

Laryalee Fraser, CAFree Verse Haiga: nightfall
Carl Huffman, US
Free Verse Haiga: Ondine
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Free Verse Photo Haiga: our footsteps


Photo Tanka


Stevie Strang, USHaiga Photo Tanka: this morning



Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 8: Chapter 7 will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook

Installment 7: Chapter 6: Hisajo’s haiku at the second peak of her creativity—March / April 2010 Sketchbook

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

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, Country

Haigacrossing timelines...

Mary Davila



Featuring Sketchbook Poets
May / June 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3


Featuring Sketchbook II Poets  
May / June 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3

Index for May / June 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


State Poet Laureate Information






Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook "morning breeze" Kukai Results

Sketchbook "beach" Haiku Thread






Sketchbook Mailbag

Norman Olson, US




Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents


Connecting to Israel

The Annual June Workshop

by Helen-Bar Lev

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing July 2010 Newsletter

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 India

India Won Freedom

The path to Freedom

by Aju Mukhopadhyay






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  July / August 2010 "new coolness"  or "lingering heat" Kukai

The July / August 2010  Kukai theme is an Early Autumn one: "new coolness" (shinryoosee 500 Essential Japanese Season Words) or "lingering heat"  (summerzansho)–seeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 276. Use the exact words "new coolness"  or "lingering heat" 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: "___" kukai

Submissions: Saturday, July 01, 2010 – Saturday, August 21, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, August 22 - Saturday, August 28, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Sketchbook 5-4: Results of the July / August 2010 "new coolness"  or "lingering heat" Kukai.

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 July / August 2010 "fruit" Thread

The theme of the July / August haiku thread will be anything to do with "summer fruit" or "fruit trees" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words  "summer fruit" or "fruit trees" .

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

Subject Line: 
July / August "fruit" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Saturday, August 28, 2010.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at July / August  2010 "fruit" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Sketchbook.



















Sketchbook Special Features

May / June, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 3

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets 

Index for May / June 2010, Vol. 5, No. 3


Eastern Genre

Gogyohka: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Haibun: Jacek Margolak, PL; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Haiga: Pris Campbell, US; Fran Carol, US; Mary Davila, US; Carl Huffman, US; Laryalee Fraser, CA; Don Hall, CA; Judi Hall, CA; Mike Keville, UK; Karina Klesko, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Francis Masat, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Stevie Strang, US

Haiku: Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Ignatius Fay, CA; John Daleiden, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Malvina Mileta, CR; Karl Miller, US; Marija Pogorilic, Richard Stevenson, CA; CR; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; "morning breeze" Kukai Results: "beach" haiku Thread

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

Tanka: Chen-ou Liu, CA; Mark Lonergan, IE; Karl Miller, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Peter Pache, US; Natalie Perfetti, US; Pravat Kumar Padhy, IN


Western Genre

Free Verse: Paul Curtiss, US; Doug Holder, US; Joseph Farley, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; M. J. Iuppa, US; Shannon Baldwin Moore, US; Vera Primorac, CR; Joyce Watkins, US; Neal Whitman, US; A. D. Winans, US

Cinquain: John Daleiden, US; Paul Ingrassia, US; M. J. Iuppa, US

Double Dactyl: Reason A. Poteet, US

Experimental Forms: "A Tabb" An Imagist Form: Brian Strand

Fusion Sonnets: Sonnet Mondal, IN

Lanterne and TetractysKaren O'Leary, US

Quatrain: Iolanda Scripca

Terza Rima: Iolanda Scripca



The Poets Celebrate Independence Days Around The World, July 4, 2010

Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Joseph Farley, US; Malvina Mileta, CR; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN;  Vera Primorac, CR; Iolanda Scripca, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR





Jan Oskar Hansen, PT: Video Reading: Free Verse: The Keeper of the Peace; Free Verse Video: Nagasaki Mon Amour

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US and Vince Beck AU: Song: Live for Now



Art Feature

Art Gallery

Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR




Art Feature Ekphrastic Poetry

Bernard Gieske, US and Jeremy Lipking, USSkylar in Blue--Free Verse

Bernard Gieske, US and Timothy C. Tyler, USAcrostic: The Red Shawl

Bernard Gieske, US and Timothy C. Tyler, USFree Verse: The Deconstructionist

Norman J. Olson, US and Bill Tremblay, USFree Verse: Her Downward Lashes

Iolanda Scripca, USFree Verse: A Love I Can’t Forget

Iolanda Scripca,USCouplet Haiga: Rootless Freedom

Joyce Watkins, USFree Verse: May Gray Meditation



Photo Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca



Experimental Poetry

"A Tabb" An Imagist Form

Brian Strand, UK


Special Feature

The Food Court

by Sandy Vroom, US

Click to view full size



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview with Thilde Fox, IL

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing July 2010 Newsletter



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.

what is left






Judith Gorgone, US

Kids Count Earth Day Haiku Contest


Enter the Book Fair

May / June Featured Book  of the Month Information
Cold Mountain by Wandering Poet
this is visual poetry by Ed Baker

Book Fair: All Featured Book List


May / June 2010 "morning breeze" Kukai Results

    First Place: Jacek Margolak, PL

    Second Place Tie:   John McDonald, Scotland; Barbara A. Taylor, AU

    Third Place Tie:  Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Jacek Margolak, PL

Read the "morning breeze" Kukai Results

The following sixteen haiku poets wrote fourty-one haiku for the Kukai:

Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Terry Ingram, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Peter H. Pache, US; Reason A. Poteet, US; Richard Stevenson, CA; BriaAn Strand, UK; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Djurda Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Neal Whitman, US,

Poets from the following eight countries contributed to the Kukai:

Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States


Editor's Choice "beach" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the May /June 30, 2010 "beach" haiku thread

The following twenty poets from nine countries have contributed eighty-seven haiku to this Thread.


Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Ralf Bröker, DE; John Daleiden, US; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Peter H. Pache, US;  Reason A. Poteet, US; Frances Shaffi, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Stevie Strang, US; Richard Stevenson, CA; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Neal Whitman, US; Monika Wojtenka, PL

Countries:  Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Poland, Romania, Trinadad and Tobago, United States



From the Editor's Chair

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US














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