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Emily Romano, US

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John Daleiden, US; Valentin Dishev, BG; Dan Hardison, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Diane Mayr, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic CR; Vania Stefanova, BG; Irena Szewczyk, PL


September / October 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, Wednesday, October 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: September / October 31, 2011.



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Betty Kaplan, US ~ Summer

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Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook Sep / Oct 31, 2011 "autumn leaves" Kukai Announcement

Read the July / August 2011 "starry night" Kukai Results

Sketchbook July / August, 2011 "insect(s) / bug(s)" Haiku Thread

Results of the 2011 Earth Day Haiku Contest

Announcing Sketchbook Found Poem Contest ~ December 1, 2011 Deadline

Sketchbook Results July/August 31, 2011 Poem This Picture - Contest

The Winner is ...Barbara A. Taylor, AU

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

Paticipants:  Vinta Agrawal, New Delhi, IN; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Cezar Ciobica, RO; Ailoaei Cristina, RO; Bernard Gieske, US; Sandra Martyres, IN;  Vania Stefanova, BG; Barbara A. Taylor, AU

Countries: Australia, Bulgaria, India, Philippians, Romania, United States



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Voices Israel Grows

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 August 2011 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords October Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords September 2011 News Letter ~ Poetry Contest Reminder

Helen Bar-Lev Art Exhibition



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 September / October 31, 2011 "autumn leaves" Kukai

The September / October 31, 2011 Kukai is "autumn leaves"See The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 280. Use the exact words "autumn leaves"  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 leaves" kukai

Submissions: Thursday, September 01, 2011 – Thursday, October 20, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, October 21, 2011 - Thursday, October 27, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, October 31, 2011 Sketchbook 6-5 Results of the September / October 31, 2011 "autumn leaves" 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 September / October 31, 2011 "cemetery" Haiku Thread

The theme of the September / October 31, 2011 haiku thread will be anything to do with a "cemetery", of any kind in the northern or southern hemisphere.  It is not necessary to use the word cemetery, but the meaning must be obvious.

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

Subject Line: 
Sep / Oct 2011 "cemetery" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at Sep / Oct 2011 "cemetery" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Monday, October 31, 2011 Sketchbook.

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











Sketchbook Special Features

July / August 31, 2011 Sketchbook Vol. 6, No. 4

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Vol. 4, No. 4: Karin Anderson, AU; Barbara Bialick, US; Bernard Gieske, US;  Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US; Brian Strand, UK

Little Black Book: John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US

Sketchbook Index for July / August  31, 2011

Announcements Index: January / August 31, 2011

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre

Cherita: B.T. Joy, UK (Scotland)

Haibun: Gillena Cox, TT; Chen-ou Liu, CA

Haiku: Ramesh Anand, Malaysia (MY); John Daleiden, US; Rolland Fletcher, US; Jay Friedenberg, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; B.T. Joy, US; Karina Klesko, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sandra Martyres, IN; Tad I. Wojnicki, US / TW;  "bugs / insects" Haiku Thread; "starry night" Kukai; Results of the 2011 Earth Day Haiku Contest

Kyoka: Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Vaughn Seward, CA

Senryu: Al Fogel, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

Tanka: Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sana Rose, IN; Askold Skalsky, US; Spiros Zafiris, CA

Western Genre

Acrostic:  M.A. Cody, US

Ballad: Munia Khan, BD

Cameo Poem: Sandra Martyres, IN

Cinquain: Dan Hardison, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Rinzu Rajan, IN; Brian Zimmer, CA

Ekphrastic:  Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Iolanda Scripca, US; T. P. Woodfork, US

Etheree: Karin Anderson, AU; Karen O'Leary, US

Experimental Forms: Chen-ou Liu, CA; Brian Strand, UK

Fibonacci: Rich Magahiz, US

Found Poem: Neal Whitman, US

Free Verse: Vinita Agrawal, IN; Danica Bartulovic, CR; Les Bernstein, US; Mark Dohle, US; Dina Gruntzendler, CO; Elizabeth Howard, US; Maude Larke, FR; Michael Lee Johnson, US; Tracy McPherson, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Rinzu Rajan, IN

Heroic Couplets: C.B. Anderson, US

Iambic Trimeter Quatrains: C.B. Anderson, US

Mirror Lucan: Rich Magahiz, US

Monostiches: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Petrarchan Sonnet: C.B. Anderson, US

Quatrains: T. P. Woodfork, US

Sestina: M.A. Cody

Short Shorts: Kyle Hemmings, US

Short Stories: Martin Lochner, South Africa (ZA)

Sonnet: CB. Anderson, US; Jenny Gordon, US

Villanelle: Munia Khan, BD; Rinzu Rajan, IN

Waltz Wave: Thomas Martin, US



Help for Japan

from Gabi Greve, JP

 Japan - after the BIG earthquake

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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,
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Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Video Terzanelle: Eagle's Flight

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Video Compound Word Verse: Love In The Rain

Karin Anderson, AU: Ekphrastic Video Double Waltz Wave Poem: Scent of Spring

Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Quatrains: Moon Over Albuquerque Bernard Gieske, Poet and Kathryn McEntee, Photographer

Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Nature's Clock: Bernard Gieske, Poet and Rosemary Billman, Sketch Artist

Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Couplets: The Maiden Eilean

Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Free Verse: Neighbors; Amy Gieske, Photographer

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Free Verse: From the Above

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic: Visual Arts of Blindness

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic: Transgender Secret

T. P. Woodfork, USEkphrastic Couplets: Trust




Announcing the Showcase Haiku Haijin (SHH)

Deadline for submissions to First Showcase: 20 October 2011



Poetry Feature

Results of the 2011 Earth Day Haiku Contest

Winning Participants: Ben, Pacific Palisades, CA USA; James Bundi, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa; Michele H, Auburn, WA; Kristina Horchover, Sarasota, Florida, USA; Dallas Kaufman, Kensington CT, USA;
Carl Mann, Kensington CT, USA; Philip Painting, Atlanta, GA, USA; Amy Claire Rose Smith,Darlington, County Durham, UK; Katy Smith, Barrington, IL USA




Read Let US Pray

Participants in the July / August 31, 2011 Let Us Pray Feature

Participants: C.B. AndersonUS; Karin Anderson, AU; Mark Dohle, US; Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Brian Strand, UK

Country: Australia, India, United Kingdom, United States


Featured Art Photography

Photo Art Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US




Experimental Poetry Forms

Chen-ou Liu, CA: Monostiches
Brian Strand, UK: Demi-sonnet


Poet's Honor Roll

Vania Stefanova, Bulgaria



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



July / August 31, 2011 "starry night" Kukai Results

    First Place:  Terri L. French, US

    Second Place Tie: Cezar Ciobica, RO and Stella Pierides, DE

    Third Place Tie:  Harve Jenkins, CA and Michelle L. Harvey, US

Read the "starry night" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the July / August 31, 2011 "starry night" Kukai winners.


Forty-one poets from fifteen Countries contributed one hundred-eleven poems.

Anand, Ramesh MY;Anderson, Karin AU; Armour, Stella UK; Asopa, Sanjukta IN; Bongcaron, Willie R; Brouwer, Bouwe NL; Ciobica, Cezar RO; Cooper, Bill US; Cox, Gillena TT; Cristina, Ailoaei RO; Daleiden, John US; Dornaus, Margaret US; French, Terri US; Gordon, Jenny US; Harvey, Michele US; Holman, Cara US; Imperial, Alegria CA; Jenkins, Harvey, Nanaimo, BC; Kapoor, Vishnu P. IN; Kevorkian, Agop AM; Khan, Munia BD; Martin, Thomas US; Martyres, Sandra IN; Moldovan, Vasile RO; Moldoveanu, Cristina-Monica RO; Mukhopadhyay, Aju IN; Owens, Scott US; Padhy, P K India; Petrova, Liudmila BG; Pierides, Stella DE; Rajappa, Chitra IN; Simmonds, Keith A. TT; Stefanova, Vania BG; Stops, Gheorghe Postelnicu RO; Strand, Brian UK; Szewczyk, Irena PL; Tairi, Kim AU; Whitman, Neal US; Wilson, Juliet UK; Wojnicki, Tad US/TW; Yamadori, US:

Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


Editor's Choice "insect(s) / frog(s)" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices ~ Haiku Construction

John's Choices ~ Life in the Mostly Unexamined World

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~ A Glimpse Into The Past

Read the July / August 31, 2011 "insect(s) / frog(s)" Haiku Thread

The following forty-three poets from thirteen countries have contributed two hundred seventy-three poems to the July / August 31, 2011 "insect / bug" Haiku Thread

Participants: Ramesh Anand, Malaysia (MY); Karin Anderson, AU: Stella Armour, UK ; Danica Bartulovic, CR; Marg Beverland, NZ; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembonczyk, PL; Terri French, US; Bernard Gieske, US ; Michele Harvey, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Andy Lawless, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Malaysia (MY); Sandra Martyres. IN; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Scott Owens, US; Oprica Padeanu, RO;  P K Padhy, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Liudmila Petrova, Ukraine (UA); Stella Pierides, DE; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Jasminka Predojevic, CR; Vera Primorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Stjepan Rozic, CR; Vania Stefanova, BG; Gheorghe Postelinicu Stops, RO; André Surridge, NZ; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Juliet Wilson, UK; Tad Wojnicki, US/TW; Yamadori, US

Countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






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