Cover Art




an'ya, US

an'ya, US; Pris Campbell, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Katsushika Hokusai, JP; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Diane Mayr, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Sarah Rehfeldt, US; Lorraine Renaud; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Urszula Wielanowska, PL

September / October Poem the Picture Contest

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

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



Cover Art




Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook "new coolness" or "lingering heat" Kukai Results

Sketchbook July / August 2010 "fruit" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of Poem This Picture - "moss" Contest

Participants: Karin Anderson, AU; Jon Davey, UK; Stacey Dye, US; Hugh Fox, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Diana Mayr, US; Malvina Mileta, CR; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Verica Peacock, CR; Reason A. Poteet, US; Vera Primorac, CR; Sarah Rayfeldt, US; Mike Scheidemann, IL; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Neal Whitman, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Australia, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Untied States

Results of the Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest 2010


Sketchbook Mailbag

Norman J. Olson, US


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index


Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Meetings . . .

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

Little known Independence Day of India’s French Colony

by Aju Mukhopadhyay


Sketchbook Global Correspondents



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  September / October  2010 "autumn wind" Kukai

The September / October 2010  Kukai theme is "autumn wind".  SeeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 277. Use the exact words "autumn wind"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be work shopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

"autumn wind" kukai

Submissions: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 – Thursday, October 21, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, October 22, 2010 - Saturday, October 29, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, October 31, 2010 Sketchbook 5-5 Results of the September / October 2010 "autumn wind" 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 September / October 2010 "fall trees" Haiku Thread

The theme of the September / October 2010 haiku thread will be anything to do with "fall trees" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words  "fall trees".

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

Subject Line: SepOct "fall trees" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Tuesday, October 26, 2010.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at September / October  2010 "fall trees" Haiku Thread.

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


Sketchbook Special Features

July / August, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 4

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets 

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets

Sketchbook Index for July / August 2010, Vol. 5, No. 4

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

Announcements Index

State Poet Laureate Information


Eastern Genre

Haibun: Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Cristian Mocanu, RO

Haiku: Willie Ropelos Bongcaron, PH; Pris Campbell, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Malvina Mileta, CR; Elaine & Neal Whitman, US

Kyoka: Jan Oskar Hansen, PT

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Dr. Vidur Jyoti, IN; Toshiaki Koika, CA; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA

Renku: John E. Carley, UK; John Daleiden, US; Susan Delphine Delaney; Victor Fleming; Heike Gewi, DE; Judith Gorgone, US; Karina Klesko, US; Tomislav (Tom) Maretic, CR; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Linda Papanicolaou, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kawazu (Cliff_T._Roberts); Brenda Roberts; Willie Sorlien, US; Celia Stuart-Powles, Eiko Yachimoto

Senryu: Victor Gendrano, US

Sijo: Stacey Dye, US

Tanka: Stacey Dye, US; Victor Gendrano, US; R. K. Singh, IN; Spiros Zafiris, CA


Western Genre

Anapestic Tetrameter: Reason A. Poteet, US

Cinquain: John Daleiden, US

Double Rondel:  Karin Anderson, AU

Etheree: Iolanda Scripca, John Daleiden

Ekphrastic Poems: (See feature below): Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Carl W. Huffman, US; Iolanda Scripca, US; Mike Scheidemann, IL; Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR

Experimental Forms: The Emblem PoemBrian Strand

Free Verse: Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Paul Curtiss, US; Mark Dohle, US; Joseph Farley, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Doug Holder, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Tracy McPherson, US; Munia Khan, BD; Thomas Martin, US; Iolanda Scripca, US; G. David Schwartz, US; Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR

Minute Poem: Reason A. Poteet, US

Mixed Genre: Tetractys, Lanterne, LuneCristian Mocanu, RO

Palindrome: Karin Anderson, AU

Rhymed Couplets: John Daleiden, US

Song: Neal Whitman

Sonnet: Munia Khan, BD

Terza Rima: Cristian Mocanu, RO

Three-stress Accentual Verse: William Doreski, US

Waltz Wave Poem: Karin Anderson, AU


Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AUDouble Rondel: If Came The Hour, Palindrome Poem: Never Ending Secret Diary, Waltz Wave Poem: Mane's Time Spin

Bernard Gieske, USFree Verse: Ethan's Lantern

Bernard Giekse, US and John Gerlach, US: Mt. Whitney

Bernard Giekse, US and George Hitchcock, US: The Windmill

Carl W. Huffman, USFree Verse: The Old Master

Iolanda Scripca, USFree Verse: The Column Without End; Garden's Jam; Reflections on a Cottage Wall

Iolanda Scripca, US—Lost in Japan

Mike Scheidemann, ILEkphrastic Poem: Singing Nebulae

Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FRFree Verse: Abysses


The OutlawPoets Compose a Yotsumono Renku

John E. Carley, UK, Sabaki

Cristian Mocanu, RO; John Daleiden, US; John E. Carley, UK; Zhanna P. Rader; Judith Gorgone, US; Karina Klesko, US


The OutlawPoets Haiga 3 Minute Pen Painting Exercise

Karin Klesko, US; Cristian Mocanu, Ro; Solin Blon, US, Shanna B. Moore, US



by Lyn Lifshin, US


Featured Art Photogrtaphy

Death by Stoning; Destination Unknown - My Dream Reoccuring; escaping Reality

by Iolanda Scripca


Art Feature

Art Gallery

Ekphrastic Free Verse: Abysses

by Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR


Art Feature

Art Gallery

by Norman J. Olson


Experimental Poetry

Emblem Poem: The Church Wall

Brian Strand, UK



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview with Johnmichael Simon

Global Correspondent Report on Israel



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

    First Place: Terri French, US

    Second Place: Cara Holman, US

    Third Place:  Bouwe Brouwer, NL

Read the "new coolness" or "lingering heat" Kukai Results

The following thirty-seven haiku poets wrote eighty-eight haiku for the Kukai.


Cheryl, Ashley; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Broeker, DE; Bouwe Brower, NL; Angelika Bygott, CA; Martin Cohen, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, FR; Jon Davey, UK; Rolland Fletcher Jr, US; Terri French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; George Hawkins, US; Christopher Herold; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Diane Mayr, US; John McDonald, UK; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Vasilie Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Ruth Nott, US; Peter Pache, US; Reason A. Poteet, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Richard Stevenson, CA; Brian Strand, UK; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Juhani Tikkanen, FL; Jennie Townsend, US; Ian Tuttle US; Durdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Neal Whitman, US; Robert D. Wilson, PH; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Poets from the following twelve countries contributed to the Kukai:

Australia, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


Editor's Choice "fruit" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the July / August 31, 2010 "fruit" haiku thread

The following thirty-three poets from twelve countries have contributed one hundred-twenty-three haiku to this Thread.

Karin Anderson, AU; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Willie Ropelos Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Broeker, Bouwe Brouwer, NL; DE; Pris Campbell, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Terri L. French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Ramona Linke, DE; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Thomas Martin, US; Diane Mayr, US; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Vasile Moldovan, RO; P. K. Padhy, Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Reason A. Poteet, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. ; AU; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR: Maria Tirenescu, RO; Neal Whitman, US; Yamadori, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL; Jadran Zalokar, CR

Countries: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Sates, United Kingdon (Scotland).


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US




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