Cover Art





Photoexpress: Autumn Leaves



Tom Berman, IL; Pris Campbell, US; Ramona Linka, UK; Sandra Corona, US; Heike Gewi, DE; Karina Klesko, US; Diane Mayr, US; Shanna Baldwin Moor, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Kevin Ryan, UK; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Alex Serban, RO; Urszula Wielanowska, PL; Emily Wierenga, CA

November / December Poem the Picture Contest

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send your entry to by December 23, 2010.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image.



Cover Art

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Karin Anderson, AU: Ekphrastic Fibonacci Palindrone: Reflections


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Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook September / October 2010 "autumn wind" Kukai Results

Sketchbook September / October  2010 "fall trees" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of September / October  2010 Poem This Picture - Contest

The following eleven poets from five countries contributed twelve poems to this contest.

Karin Anderson, AU; Gillena Cox, TT; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, RO; Paula Fish, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Thomas Lindsay, US; Diane Mayr, US;  Sandra Martyres, IN; Tracy McPherson, US; Joe Messingham, AU; Pam Pignataro, US

Australia, India, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

News and Travel

by Helen-Bar Lev

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing November 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.




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 November / December 2010 "winter clouds" Kukai

The November / December 2010  Kukai theme is "winter clouds".  SeeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 281. Use the exact words "winter clouds"  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

"winter clouds" kukai

Submissions: Monday, November 01, 2010 – Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - Tuesday, December 28, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, December 31, 2010 Sketchbook 5-6 Results of the November / December 2010 "winter clouds" 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 mst 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 2010 "first snow" Haiku Thread

The theme of the November / December 2010 haiku thread will be anything to do with the "first snow" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres. It is not necessary to use the words  "first snow".

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

Subject Line: NovDec "first snow" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Monday, December 27, 2010


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at November / December 2010 "first snow" Haiku Thread.

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








Sketchbook Special Features

September / October, Vol. 5, No. 5

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Karen O'Leary, US

Sketchbook Index for September / October , Vol. 5, No. 5

Announcements Index

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information


Eastern Genre

Gogyohka: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Haibun: Jon Davey, UK

Haigay: Starfish Rengay by Betty Kaplan, US, Max Verhart, NL, and Marlene Buitelaar, NL

Haiku: Tom Berman, IL; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, RO; Claire Everett, UK; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Elizabeth Howard, US; Vladislav Hristov, BG; Mark Lonergan, IE; Maya Lyubenova, BG; Sandra Martyres, IN; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Vera Primorac, CR

Pantoum: Karin Anderson, AU; Sandra Martyres, IN

Rengay: Heike Gewi, DE

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Heike Gewi, Germany / Yemen; Toshiaki Koike, CA; Walter Mathois, Vienna; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA

Triolet - Rengay: Karina Klesko, US and Craig Tigerman, US

Tanka: Claire Everett, UK; Dan Hardison, US; Natalie Perfetti, US; Spiros Zafiris, CA

Zuihitsu: Chen-ou Liu

Western Genre

Cinquain: Dan Hardison, US; Pam Pignataro, US

Couplets: Joan McNerney, US

Etheree: Julie Laing, US

Experimental Forms: Brian Strand, UK—Experimental Poetry: The Quaternion

Fibonacci: Karin Anderson, AU; Definition of Fibonacci

Free Verse: Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Christopher Barnes, UK; Tom Berman, IL; Lauren Byrnes, US; Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR; Mark Dohle, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Munia Khan, BD; Maude Larke, FR; Martin Lothner, ZA; Thomas Martin, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Joan McNerney, US; Tracy McPherson, US; Neal Whitman, US

Palindrome: Karin Anderson, AU—Ekphrastic Fibonacci Palindrone: Reflections

Pantoum: Karina Anderson, AU; Sandra Martyres, IN; Definition of Pantoum: The Writer's Handbook

Rhymed Quatrains: Herbert Siegel, US

Sonnet: Munia Khan, BD




In September and October, 2010 sixty-three individuals from fifteen countries participated. We plan to continue this effort!  So . . . Please send your poems and prayers to:

Read Let US Pray

God's Breath by Artist Emily Wierenga, CA

View Painting full sized


Featuring Selected Poems from

The Journals of Spiros Zafiris


Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AU—Ekphrastic Pantoum: Rich Raspberry Red

Karin Anderson, AU—Ekphrastic Synchronistic Poem: Half A World Away

Karin Anderson, AU—Ekphrastic Fibonacci Palindrone: Reflections

Bernard Gieske, US and Elizabeth Lazeren, USEkphrastic Poem: High Aspect

Bernard Gieske, US and Joan Miro, SP—Ekphrastic Free Verse: Harlequin's Carnival

Bernard Gieske, US and Nicholas Petrucci, US—Ekphrastic Poem: IL Tuono Thundering

Iolanda Scripca, US—Epulaeryu Pear Squares: Pear Squares


Featuring Sunil Uniyal, IN

Five Translations from Kabir

Poems and Couplets from vernacular Hindi (Avadhi dialect)


Featured Art Photography

Autumn Whisper

by Iolanda Scripca, US



Art Feature

by Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR


Art Feature

Gallery 1

by Norman J. Olson


Experimental Poetry

Experimental Poetry: The Quaternion

Brian Strand, UK



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview with Tom Berman



Enter the Book Fair

September / October Featured Books Information

Book Fair: All Featured Book List


September / October 2010 "autumn wind" Kukai Results

    First Place: Bouwe Brouwer, NL

    Second Place: George Hawkins, US

    Third Place Tie:   Ralf Bröker, DE and Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, FR

Read the "autumn wind" Kukai Results


These twenty-seven poems from ten countries contributed 70 haiku to the "autumn wind" Kukai:

Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Cezar-FlorianCiobîca, FR; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Claire Everett, UK; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; George Hawkins, US; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Alegria Imperial, CA; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Thomas Martin, US; Diane Mayr, US; John McDonald, UK; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Reason A. Poteet, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Althea Rowe Watson, US; Neal Whitman, US.

Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England), (Scotland), United States


Editor's Choice "fall trees" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the September / October 31, 2010 "fall trees" haiku thread

Thirty-nine Haiku Poets from fifteen countries composed one hundred and seventy-one haiku to celebrate the fall season represented in this Thread:

Karin Anderson, AU; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, RO; Leonard J. Cirino, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; William Doreski, US; Claire Everett, UK; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Gabor G. Gyukics, HU / US; Dan Hardison, US; Cara Holman, US; Marlene Hulst, NL; Alegria Imperial, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Patricia Lidya, RO; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Thomas Martin, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Diane Mayr, US; Malvina Mileta, CR; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Verica Peacock, CR/UK; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Reason A. Poteet, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Janice Thomson, CA; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US; Ashley Wood, UK

Australia, Bangaladesh, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, India, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Romania, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States.


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US




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