from The Editor's Chair




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


September / October 31,  2010


The September / October 31, 2010 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features from One-hundred-and-three writers from twenty-three Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England) (Scotland), United States. The Editors extend a warm welcome to all of you!

Sixteen poets make their first Sketchbook appearance in the September / October 31, 2010 Issue: Tom Berman, IL: Claire Everette, UK; Dan Hardiston, US; Vladislav Hristov, BGB; Alegria Imperial, CA; Dina Jehvda, IL; Julie Laing, US; Thomas Lindsay, US; Martin Lothner, ZA; Sandra Martyres, IN; Walter Mathois, Vienna; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Herbert Siegel, US; Sunil Uniyo, IN; Urszula Wielanwoska, PL.  Welcome to the Sketchbook family.

The September / October 31 Sketchbook Cover Art is from Photobucket.

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is from Photoexpress: Autumn Leaves

Congratulations to the September / October "autumn wind" Kukai winners:

  First Place: Bouwe Brouwer, NL

    Second Place: George Hawkins, US

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

Twenty-seven poets from ten countries contributed 70 haiku to the "autumn wind" Kukai Read the "autumn wind" Kukai Results

The November / December 31, 2010 Kukai is "winter clouds": Read the details here.

Thirty-nine Haiku Poets from fifteen countries composed one hundred and seventy-one haiku to celebrate the fall season represented in the "fall trees" Thread: Read the September / October 31, 2010 "fall trees" haiku thread

 Read the Choice Haiku selected by editors Karina Klesko and John Daleiden.

The theme of the November / December 2010 haiku thread is anything to do with the "first snow" in either the southern and / or northern hemispheres.  Read the details here.

This September / October 31, 2010 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms:  Eastern: Ggyohka, Haibun, Haiku, Pantoum, Rengay, Renhai, Triolet-Rengay, Tanka, Zuihitsu. Western: Cinquain, Couplets, Etheree, Experimental Form--The Quaternion, Fibonacci, Free Verse, Palindrome, Pantoum, Rhymed Quatrains, Sonnet. Western: Cinquain, Couplets, Etheree, Experimental Forms--The Quaternion, Fibonacci, Free Verse, Palindrome, Pantoum, Rhymed Quatrains, Sonnet.

This month, editor Karina Klesko launched a new feature: Let US Pray. The goal is to hear from all faiths and peoples on a Global Scale. Editor Klesko says, "The more people who participate and read this feature, the more our hearts will become one. Surely a heart that envelops the world can make changes and differences in lives. We can make a difference and wipe away all the divisions that have arisen because of different belief systems. Let us all love and respect one another in one accord. 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:

Look for Eiko Yachimoto's Chapter 7, Installlment 8 of Sugita Hisajo's (1890-1946) haiku development in Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement in the next Sketchbook.

Renhai editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the September / October 31, 2010 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include: 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. Be sure to read the notes link at the bottom of each Renhai selection; the notes contain interesting ideas about the rehnai.

A poetry Feature: Sunil Uniyal, IN: Five Translations from Kabir Poems and Couplets from vernacular Hindi (Avadhi dialect).

Art features for September / October 31, 2010: The Art of Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR;  Art Photo by Iolanda Scripca; and a Gallery of Art drawings by Norman J. Olson.

The results of Poem this Picture Contest is revealed: Pamela Pignataro, US: read the winning entry!

The November  / December 31, 2010 Poem the Picture Contest is now open; Write a poem in any form for the Picture. Send your entry to  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image of the contest picture. The deadline for submission is December 23, 2010

The Book Fair features Flecks of Blue by Maya Lyubenova. Purchasing information about  this selection is in the Book Fair.

Helen Bar-Lev, IL contributes News and Travel in her Global Correspondent Report on Israel.

Contributing Editor Doug Holder: Poet Ifeanyi Menkiti: "What an Old Man Sees Siting Down, A Young Man Cannot See Standing Up"

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev presents an Interview with Tom Berman.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the Announcements Index on the contents page:

Sketchbook is now open for September / October 2010 submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is October 20, 2010.  For Kukai and Haiku Thread deadlines see the information above.

Submissions are open to the General Public. The Editors look forward to reading your poetry and viewing your art. Please read the Submissions Guide.


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