Cover Art





Pris Campbell, US

click here for full sized image



Pris Campbell, US;  Valentin Dishev, BG; Diane Mayr, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US; Geoff Sanderson, UK; Vania Stefanova, BG; Irena Szewczyk, PL


November / December 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, Monday, December 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: November / December 31, 2011.


Cover Art

Emily Romano, US

Click here for full sized image



Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook Nov. / Dec. 31, 2011 "old calendar" Kukai Announcement

Sketchbook Sep. / Oct., 2011 "cemetery" Haiku Thread

Results Sketchbook Sep. / Oct. 2011 "autumn leaves" Kukai

Sketchbook Results September / October 31, 2011 Poem This Picture - Contest

The Winner is ...Tracy McPherson

The following nine poets from four countries contributed nine poems to this contest.

Paticipants: Karin Anderson, AU; Gillena Cox, TT; Terri L. French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Tracy McPherson, US; Mary Angela Nangini; Emily Romano, US;  Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Countries: Australia, India, Trinidad and Tobago, United States



Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

...In My Thoughts

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 Poetry Contest Reminder

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing December 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
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 November / December 31, 2011 "old calendar" Kukai

The November / December 31, 2011 Kukai is "old calendar" See The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 283. Use the exact words "old calendar"  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

"old calendar"  kukai

Submissions: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 – Tuesday December 20, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Tuesday, December 27, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Saturday, December 31, 2011 Sketchbook 6-6 "old calendar"  Kukai results.

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 November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

The theme of the November / December 31, 2011 haiku thread will be anything to do with a "candle(s)" of any kind in the northern or southern hemisphere.  It is not necessary to use the word candle(s).

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

Subject Line: 
Nov. / Dec. 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Monday, December 26, 2011


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread Results.

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

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











Sketchbook Special Features

September / October 31, 2011 Sketchbook Vol. 6, No. 5

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Vol. 4, No. 5: Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US

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

Sketchbook Index for September / October 31, 2011

Announcements Index: September 2011 / April 2012

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate


Eastern Genre

Ghazal: Sunil Uniyal, IN

Haibun: Dan Hardison, US; Vania Stefanova, BG

Haiku and Haiku Noir:  Smajil Durmišević, BA; Michele L. Harvey, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT;  Elizabeth Howard, US; Evica Kraljić, CR; Patricia Lidia, RO; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sergio Ortiz, US; Emily Romano, US; Radhey Shiam, IN; Shalini Sunkuru, IN; "cemetery" Haiku Thread; "autumn leaves" Kukai; Announcing: Nov / Dec 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread: Nov / Dece 2011 "old calendar" Kukai


Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Heike Gewi, DE/YE; Walter Mathois, AT; Vaughn Seward, CA; Neal Whitman, US

Senyru: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Tanka / Tanka Prose: John Daleiden, US; Al Fogel, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Patricia Lidia, RO; Chen-ou Liu, CA;  Iolanda Scripca, US

Yugen: Vania Stefanova, BG

Western Genre

Couplets: Munia Khan, BD

Ekphrastic:  Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Michael Lee Johnson, US; Iolanda Scripca, US

Epigram: Karen O'Leary, US

Fold:  Gillena Cox, TT

Found Poem: Neal Whitman, US

Free Verse: Christopher Barnes, UK; Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan (BT); Uzeyir Lockman Cayci, FR; Joseph Farley, US; Jenny Fraser, NZ; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT;  Elizabeth Howard, US; Michael Lee Johnson, US; Judy Labensohn, IL; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Andrea Moriah, IL; Emily Romano, US; Nicole Taylor, US; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Joyce Watkins, US

Lanterne: Karen O'Leary, US

Monostiches: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Octain Refrain: Munia Khan, BD

Shadorma: Sana Rose, IN

Sonnet: Jenny Gordon, US

Tetracyts: Karen O'Leary, US


Featuring Showcase Haiku Haijin

...Through An Open Door





A One-act Play

Denis Emorine, FR: After the Battle

Translated from the French by Brian Cole


Featured Haiga

Emily Romano, US

Click here to view full sized



Feature ~ New Year's Haiku Festival

Send your New Year's haiku and / or haiga greeting to Sketchbook and Sketchbook readers.  The "greetings" will be posted starting at Midnight Friday, December 30, 2011 ~ through Midnight, Sunday January 01, 2012.  Send to:

Subject Line: NewYearsHaikuFestival

Link: New Year's Haiku Festival



Read Let US Pray

Participants in the September / Occtober 31, 2011 Let Us Pray Feature

Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Sandra Martyres, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Chris Roe, UK; Brian Strand, UK

Countries: Sandra Martyres, IN, United Kingdom, United States


Featured Art Photography

Photo Art Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Art Creations


by Emily Romano



Art Feature

Art Gallery and Free Verse

Üzeyir Lokman Çayci, FR



Experimental Poetry Forms

Daryush; Octain Refrain

Brian Strand, UK: Munia Khan, BD



Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev


Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers


The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4

Featuring Poetry by Heather Lenz, Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, Anthony Glumac, Cindy Stell, Sandhya Tiwari, Sarah Martin, Marcie Riel

Read ZZ BagginsNot Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary



September / October 31, 2011 "autumn leaves" Kukai Results

    First Place:  Cara Holman, US

    Second Place: Terri French, US

    Third Place: Juliet Wilson, UK

Read the "autumn leaves" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the "autumn leaves" Kukai winners.


Thirty-four poets from sixteen countries contributed ninety haiku to this Kukai.

Haijin: Anand, Ramesh, MY; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; S.E. Buffington, US; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Andrzej Dembonczyk,PL; Terri L. French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Cara Holmnan, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Agop Kevorkian, AM; Munia Khan, BD; Sandra Martyres, IN; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Sergio A. Ortiz, US; Scott Owens, US; Stella Pierides, DE; Vera Primorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Janak Sapkota, NP; Alex Serban, RO; Vania Stefanova BG; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Brian Strand, UK; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Juhani Tikkanen, FN; Neal Whitman, US; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


Editor's Choice "cemetery" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices ~

John's Choices ~ Momento Mori

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~ Haiku Techniques

Read the September / October 31, 2011 "cemetery" Haiku Thread

Forty-six haijin from thirteen countries contributed two hundred and sixteen haiku to the "cemetery" Haiku Thread.

Participants: Ramesh Anand, Malaysia (MY); Angelo Ancheta, PH; Karin Anderson, AU; Marg Beverland, NZ; Rhiannon Bond, NZ;  Bouwe Brouwer, NL; S.E. Buffington, US; Kirsten Cliff, NZ; Kat Creighton, US; John Daleiden, US; Smajil Durmišević, BA; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Cara Holman, US; Dan Hardison, US; Tzetzka Ilieva, BG; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Agop Kevorkian, AM (Armenia); Munia Khan, BD; Evica Kraljic, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sandra Martyres, IN; Małgorzata Miksiewicz, PL; Malvina Mileta, CR; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Ljudmila Milena Mršić CR; Kathy Nguyen US; Karen O'Leary, US; Sergio A. Ortiz, US; Scott Owens, US; P K Padhy, IN; Stella Pierides, DE; Marija Pogorilić, CR;  Vera Primorac, CR; Emily Romano, US ; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Janak Sapkota, Nepal (NP); Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Zeljko Spoljar, CR;  Vania Stefanova, BG; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Juhani Tikkanen, FN; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Angie Werren, US

Countries:  Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, United States


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






to the top







Copyright © 2006-2011 Sketchbook and  All rights reserved.