Cover Art





Ramona Linka, DE ~ midday heat



Pris Campbell, US; Jeremiah Orozco, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Diane Mayr, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Deborah Rachel Ngo, SG; Jeremiah Orozco, US; Emily Romano, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Alex Serban, RO; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Nan Talbot, US

July / August 31, 2011 Poem the Picture Contest

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. is the place to send your entry by Midnight, Friday, August 26, 2011. The winning poem will be featured in the next issue of Sketchbook along with all entries. Click here to see a full sized image: July / August 31  30, 2011.



Cover Art

Cover Art by Photoexpress ~ red and black

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Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook May / June 31, 2011 "rainbow" Kukai Results

Sketchbook May / June 31, 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of May / June 31, 2011 Poem This Picture - Contest

The Winner is ....Yamadori

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

Paticipants:  Karin Anderson, AU; Brigitte Barille, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Garry Eaton, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Evica Kraljic, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Diane Mayr, US; Stella Pierides, DE; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Yamadori, US

Countries:  Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Found Poem Contest

Enter the Sketchbook Found Poem Contest and win a cash prize: 1st Place ~ $50.00  or 2nd Place ~ $25.00.  Entries due by Midnight, December 1.  All entries will be published in the December 31, 2011 Little Black Book.  Read the contest rules here.


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index

Stella Armour, UK—Stellanette: The Night Sky; Colour my Life

Brian Strand, UKKuhlmann



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Seymour Mayne

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 June 2011 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing July 2011 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing August 2011 Newsletter


Connecting to South Africa

Destination: Cape Town

by Martin Lochner, ZA



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
Martin Lochner, ZA
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria
Alegria Imperial, Canada

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 July / August 31, 2011 "starry night" Kukai

The July / August 31, 2011 Kukai is "starry night"See The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 272. Use the exact words "starry night"  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

"starry night" kukai

Submissions: Friday, July 01, 2011 – Saturday, August 20, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, August 21, 2011 - Saturday, August 27, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Sketchbook 6-4 Results of the July / August 31, 2011 "starry night" 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.

Index to past Kukai: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current


Announcing the July / August 31, 2011 "insect / bug" Haiku Thread

The theme of the July / August 31, 2011 haiku thread will be any  "insect / bug", of any kind in the northern or southern hemisphere.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "insect / bug" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: 
May / June 2011 "insect / bug" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Friday, August 26, 2011


Author, Country

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

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Sketchbook.

Index to past Haiku Threads: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current











Sketchbook Special Features

May / June 30, 2011 Sketchbook Vol. 6, No. 3

In Memory of Betty Kaplan, US

Betty Kaplan, a longtime contributor and dear Friend to Sketchbook, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011 very suddenly from heart related  complications.

The Editors wish to extend condolences to Ellen Taylor and Jayne Kaplan, her daughters.

Writers and readers who wish to write tributes for Betty should send them to   A Memorial section for Betty will be published in the next issue, August 31, 2011.

A Living tribute to Betty Kaplan was published in December 2006


Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Vol. 4, No. 3: Karen Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Alex Serban, RO

Little Black Book: Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Brian Strand, UK

Sketchbook Index for May / August 31, 2011

Announcements Index: January / June 30, 2011

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information

Eastern Genre

Haibun: Sonam Chhoki, BH (Bhutan); Chen-ou Liu, CA

Haigay: Betty Kaplan, US; Max Verhart, NL

Haiku: Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK' Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Patricia Carragon, US; John Daleiden, US; Robert Epstein, US; Victor P. Gendrano, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Karina Klesko, US; Angelika Kolompar, CA; Sergio Antonio Ortiz, US; Scott Owens, US; Tad Wojnicki, US/TW

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA

Senryu: Al Fogel, US; Victor P. Gendrano, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

Tanka: M. Kei, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Diane Mayr, US

Yugen: Radostina A. Angelova, BG; Vania Stefanova, BG

Western Genre

Acrostic:  Stella Armour, UK; Munia Khan, BD

Cinquain: Bernard Gieske, US; Tim Hawkins, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Karen O'Leary, US

Couplets: Munia Khan, BD

Décima: Munia Khan, BD

Dectina: Bernard Gieske, US

Experimental Forms: Kuhlmann, Brian Strand, UK; Stellanette, Stella Armour, UK

Fibonacci: Tim Hawkins, US

Found Poem: Neal Whitman, US

Free Verse: Ada Aharoni, IL; Sonam Chhiki, Bhutan (BT); Paul Curtiss, US; Denis Emorine, FR; Tim Hawkins, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Martin Lochner, ZA; Sonnet Mondal, IN; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Tomas O'Leary, US; Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR

Limerick: Iolanda Scripca, US

Mute Monorhyme: Iolanda Scripca, US

Rhymed Couplets: Maggie Murray, UK

Sonnet: Jenny Gordon, US

Tectractys: Karen O'Leary, US

Villanelle: Maggie Murray, UK


Bajuband Poems

Short Folk Verse from Garhwal Himalaya Region, India

Sunil Uniyal, IN


Help for Japan

from Gabi Greve, JP

 Japan - after the BIG earthquake

Click above link to send donations


Help for Japan

Earthquake Victims

Please place an order for your copy of wind arrow 2 and we will donate the proceeds we receive by selling Wind Arrow 2 .

~Eiko Yachimoto editor,
wind arrow 2: Click here for details to send donations


Memorial Haiku ~ Pris Campbell, US

For Jill Sanderson RIP

bells toll
throughout Yorkshire today
a bird in flight

In honor of Jill Sanderson, much-loved wife of Geoff Sanderson, who died of cancer May 29, 2011.


Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Staccato Poem: Gone With The Wind

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Double Tri-fall: Our Eternal Vows

Karin Anderson, AUDouble Rondelet Triolet: To Become A Butterfly

Stella Armour, UKEkphrastic Rhymed Quatrains: Madonna

Stella Armour, UKEkphrastic Minute Poem: A Soldier’s Prayer

Diane Mayr, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Ruff

Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Wild Fire: Connie Bransilver, US Photographer

Bernard Gieske, US and Kelly Allen, USEkphrastic Couplets: When You Get Home

Bernard Gieske, US and Kelly Allen, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Honey Please

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Nothing Happened Here

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Purple Heart

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Free Verse: The Return From Exile

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Limerick: Viva Chianti



Read Let US Pray

Thirteen Poets from four country participated in the May / June 30, 2011 Let Us Pray Feature

Stella Armour, UK; Mark Dohle, US; Denis Emorine, FR; B.T. Joy, UK (Scotland); Angelika Kolompar, CA; Maggie Murray, UK; Brian Strand, UK

Countries:  Canada, France, United Kingdom (England), United States



Featured Art Photography

Photo Art Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US



Experimental Poetry Forms

Kuhlmann, Brian Strand, UK

Stellanette, Stella Armour, UK


Poet's Honor Roll

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia


Contributing Editor Doug Holder

First Annual Writers’ Conference: Hunter College


Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev



Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers

The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 3

Featuring Poetry and Art by Nicole Turiano! Poetry by J.A. Spahr-Summers

Read ZZ BagginsNot Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary



March / April 30, 2011 "rainbow" Kukai Results

    First Place: Cara Holman, US

    Second Place: Cezar Ciobica, RO

    Third Place:  Cezar Ciobica, RO; Sanjukta Asopa, IN; Chitra Rajappa, IN

Read the "rainbow" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the May / June 30, 2011 "rainbow" Kukai winners


These thirty-sevenHaiku Poets from fourteen countries wrote ninty-one Haiku for the "rainbow" Kukai:

Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; "Sanjukta Asopa, IN; Richard Barkey; Willie R. Bongcaron, Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Cezar Cioica, RO; Armando H. Corbelle, US; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Nelly Dobrinova, BG; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Nada Jačmenica, CR; Munia Khan, BD; Ramona Linke, DE; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sandra Martyres, IN; John McDonald, UK; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; P K Padhy, IN; Stella Pierides, DE; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Vera P:rimorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Vania Stefanova, CR; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Neal Whitman, US; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States


Editor's Choice "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices: Essence of Time

John's Choices: The Horn of Plenty

Guest Editor, Bernard Gieske Choices: Seeing Through Other Poet’s Eyes

Read the May / June 30, 2011 "vegetable(s)"  Haiku Thread

The following thirty-nine poets from thirteen countries have contributed one-hundred-ninty-two verses to the May / June 30, 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Participants:  Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK;  Priyanka Bhowmick, IN; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; Patricia Carragon, US; Cezar Ciobica, RO; Kirsten Cliff, NZ; John Daleiden, US; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembonczyk, PL; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Nada Jačmenica, CR; Munia Khan, BD; Dubrako Korbus, CR; Evica Kraljić, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Scott Owens, US; Stella Pierides, DE; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Vera Primorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Carol Reed Sircoulomb, US; Stevie Strang, US; Vania Stefanova, BG; André Surridge, NZ; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries:  Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippians, Poland, Romania, Serbia, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tabogo, United States


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US





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