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Diana Mayr, US



Magdalena & Konrad Banaszkiewicz, PL; Pris Campbell, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Andrzej Dembończyk, Pl; Heike Gewi, DE; Mike Keville, UK: Jacek Margolak, PL; Diana Mayr, US; Michael Morell, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Rita Odeh, IL; Karen O'Leary, US; Renia Olszowka, PL; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Urszula Wielanowska, PL


Janice Thomson, CA

January / February 2011 Poem the Picture Contest

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send your entry to by February 24, 2011.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image: January / February 28, 2011



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Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook November / December 2010 "winter clouds" Kukai Results

Sketchbook November / December 2010 "first snow" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of November / December 2010 Poem This Picture - Contest

The Winners are . . . Bernard Gieske, US and Diane Mayr, US

The following thirteen poets from ten countries contributed thirteen poems to this contest.

Contest Poets: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Alan S. Bridges, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Cezar-Florian Ciobîcă, FR; Bernard Gieske, US; Gabor G. Gyukics HU / US; Peggy Heinrich, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Diane Mayr, US; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU

Countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungry, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

At the Poetry Workshop...

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.

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing November 2010 Newsletter

January 15, 2011Results of the Cyclamens & Swords 2010 Poetry Contest

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing February 2011 Newsletter



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 2011 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 the January / February 28, 2011 "east wind" Kukai

The January / February 28, 2011 Kukai is "east wind"SeeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 267. Use the exact words "east 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

"east wind" kukai

Submissions: Saturday, January 01, 2011 – Thursday, February 17, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, February 18, 2011 - Thursday, February 24, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, February 28, 2011 Sketchbook 6-1  Results of the January / February 28, 2011 "east 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 work shopped; 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 January / February 2011 "heart" Haiku Thread

The theme of the January / February 2011 haiku thread will be anything to do with "heart(s)".

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "heart(s)" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: JanFeb, 2011 "heart(s)" haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Thursday, February 24, 2011


Author, CountryJ

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at January / February 2011 "heart(s)" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Monday, February 28, 2011 Sketchbook.



Sketchbook Special Features

November / December, 2010: Vol. 5, No. 6

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Diane Mayr, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Brian Strand, UK; Celine Rose Mariotti, US

Little Black Book: Lauren Byrnes, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Neal Whitman, US

Sketchbook Index for November / December 31, Vol . 5, No. 6

Announcements Index

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information


Eastern Genre

Haibun: Betty Kaplan, US; Thomas Martin, US

Haiku: Tom Berman, IL; Oana Aurora Boazu, RO; Robin M. Buehler, US; Aubrie Cox, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; John Daleiden, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Vasile Moldovan, RO

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Heike Gewi, Aden/Yemen; Walter Mathois, Vienna/Austria; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Toshiaki Koike, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA

Tanka: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Western Genre

Cinquain: Dan Hardison, US; Cris Staubach, US

Etheree: Bernard Gieske, US

Experimental Forms: Footle: Brian Strand, UK

Free Verse: Wendy Blumfield, IL; Jeff Faust, US; Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; K.R. (Joe) Massingham, AU; Tracy McPherson, US; G. David Schwartz, US; Neal Whitman, US

Lanterne: Sandra Marytres, IN; Karen O'Leary




Read Let US Pray



Sunil Uniyal IN

Three Translations from the Poems of Bulleh Shah (1680–1757),
an Indian Punjabi Sufi poet, a humanist and philosopher



Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson: Suite of Tanka: The Nymph's Waterfall; Virtuoso Frederic Chopin; Free Verse: Popsicles And Forever's

Bernard Gieske and Jeff Faust, USFree Verse: Lemons and the Sea

Bernard Gieske, US and Raoul Dufy, FR—The Big Tree at Saint-Maxime

Bernard Gieske, US and Richard S. Johnson, US—Ekphrastic Free Verse: The Visitation

Iolanda Scripca, US—Ekphrastic Poem: I wonder...; Juliet's Last Sonnet

Bill Tremblay, US and Norman J. Olson, US: Free Verse: Emergence


Featured Art Photography

Art Photo Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US



Art Feature


by Norman J. Olson


Experimental Poetry


Brian Strand, UK



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview with Wendy Blumfield, IL


Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers, US

Poetry Victims, Volume 8, Issue 1 January 7, 2011

Featuring guest artist Elizabeth Ketrick and guest poet Ian R.



Enter the Book Fair

November / December 2010 Featured Books Information

Rambles: Outings with a Wayward Muse by Tom Berman
The Man In The Booth In The Midtown Tunnel by Doug Holder
Lava of My Soul by Iolanda Scripca

Book Fair: All Featured Book List


September / October 2010 "winter clouds" Kukai Results

    First Place: Cara Holman, US

    Second Place: Sanjukta Asopa, IN

    Third Place:   Cezar Ciobica, FR

Read the "winter clouds" Kukai Results


Thirty-nine poets from eighteen countries contributed ninety-six haiku to the "winter clouds" Kukai

Sanjukta Asopa, IN; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Cezar Ciobica, FR; Bill Cooper, US; John Daleiden, US; Janjalija Damir, ME; Margaret Dornaus, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Heike Gewi, DE; Gabor G. Gyukics, HU/US; George Hawkins, US; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Maya Idriss, LB; Alegria Imperial, CA; Karina Klesko, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Patricia Lida, RO; Jacek Margolak, PL; Thomas Martin, US; Diane Mayr, US; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Vasa Mihailovich, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Cristina, Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Rita Odeh, IL; Karen O’Leary, US; Pat Prime, NZ; Alex Serban, RO, Keith A Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Sasa Vazic, SR; Neal Whitman, US

Canada, France, Germany, Hungry, India, Israel, Lebanon, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England), (Scotland), United States



Editor's Choice "first snow" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices: John's Choices: Brrrr!  It Is Cold Outside

The Editor's Choice columns will be available on January 15, 2011.

Read the November / December 31, 2010 Haiku Thread

Forty-one Haiku Poets from eighteen countries composed two hundred-sixteen haiku to celebrate the winter season represented in this "first snow" Haiku Thread.


 Melissa Allen, US; Zlata Bogovic, CR; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Alan S. Bridges, US ; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Cezar-Floria-Ciobîcă, FR; Aubrie Cox, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Leonard Cirino, US; John Daleiden, US; Margaret Dornaus, US; Heike Gewi, DE; Bernard Gieske, US; Gabor G. Gyukics HU / US; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Maya Idriss, LB; Alegria Imperia, CA; Zeljka Vucinic Jambresic, CR; Munia Khan, BD; Karina Klesko, US; Patricia Lidia, RO; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Jacek Margolak, PL; Thomas Martin, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Rita Odeh, IL; Karen O'Leary, US; P. K. Padhy, IN; Reason A. Poteet, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Janice Thomson, CA;  Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Sasa Vazic, SR; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Neal Whitman, US; Dick Whyte, NZ; Verica Zivkovic, SR

Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US




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