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Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


November / December 31, 2011

The November / December 31, 2011 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features by xxx writers from xx Countries:


Two poets make their first Sketchbook appearance in the November / December 31, 2011 Issue: Lynette Arden, AU; Matthew Caretti, US. Welcome to the Sketchbook family of writers.

The November / December 31, 2011 Sketchbook Cover Art  is by

 Click here for a full sized image.

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is

Congratulations to the November / December 31, 2011 "old calendar" Kukai winners:

    First Place:  Vania Stefanova, BG

    Second Place: John Daleiden, US

    Third Place: Vania Stefanova, BG

Ramesh Anand, MY; Wille R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer, NL;Cezar F. Ciobica, RO; Ailoaei Cristina; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegra Imperial, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Sandra Martyres, IN; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Sergio Ortiz, US; Stella Pierides, DE/UK; Emily Romano, US; Janak Sapkota, NP; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Vania Stefanova, BG; Juhani Tikkanen, FI; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Angie Werren, US; Neal Whitman, US; Yamadori, US
Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippians, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

Thirty-one Haijin from fourteen countries have contributed one hundred forty-one haiku to the  November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

Read the "candle(s)" Choice Haiku selected by editors Karina Klesko and John Daleiden and Guest Bernard Gieske.

Announcing the January / February "waters of spring" Kukai: read the full guidelines here.

Announcing the January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread: read the full guidelines here.

This November / December 31, 2011 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms: Eastern Genre: Haibun; Ghazal; Haiku: Monostiches; Renhai; Renku; Senryu; Tanka and Tanka Prose; Western Genre: Acrostic; Concrete Poetry; Experimental Forms; Found Poems; Free Verse; and Yugen.

For the November / December 2011 issue, editor Karina Klesko continues the Let US Pray feature.  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 the November / December 31, 2011 issue

Let US Pray Please continue to send your poems and prayers to:

Editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the November / December 31, 2011 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include:  John Daleiden, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Walter Mathois, AT; Vaughn Seward, CA; Neal Whitman, US.

Be sure to read the Renhai notes link at the bottom of each Renhai selection; the notes contain interesting ideas about the rehnai.

Art features in the November / December 31, 2011 issue: Art Photo Gallery by Iolanda Scripca, US. Norman J. Olson, US contributs Art Gallery 1; Art Gallery 2; An Artist's Travelogue: From Venice to Fort Lauderdale and Points North; Free Verse Poems. Emily Romano, US features her Art Gallery.

The winner of the November / December 31, 2011 Poem  Picture Contest is . . .    read the entire series of xxx poems.

The January / February 29, 2012 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 Friday, February 24, 2012.

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev, IL features an Interview With Zvi A. Sesling.

Contributing Editor, Doug Holder, US reports his Interview with Somerville Poet/Philosopher Jody Azzouni

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4 Featuring Art by zzbaggins; Amy Kohut; Katie B - Michael Crowley and
Poetry by Heather Lenz; Jeffrey Spahr-Summers; Anthony Glumac; Cindy Stell; Sarah Martin; Marcie Riel. Read ZZBaggins
Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the Announcements Index: November / December 31, 2011 on the Contents page.

Sketchbook is now open for January / February 29, 2012 submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is February 20, 2012.  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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