Cover Art




Featured Ekphrastic

Michael Lee Johnson, US

Click here for a full sized image


Pris Campbell, US; Maire Morrissey-Cummins, Ireland; John Daleiden, US; Judi Hall, CA; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Muriel Roggensack, CA; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Jadran Zalokar, CR


Cover Art

Steve Hanks, US

Click for full sized image


Contest News: Results & Announcements

Sketchbook May / June 2012 "cloud(s)" Kukai Results

Sketchbook May / June 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook May / June 2012 SHH Contest No. 3 Results ~ Summer
Karina Klesko

SHH Contest No. 3 Summer Kigo Ballot; Ballot with No Names

SHH3 Haiku Only

Sketchbook SHH Contest 4 Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 August, 2012

~     ~     ~

Sketchbook May / June 2012 Poem This Picture - Contest Results


The Winners are...

  1st Place ~ Chitra Rajappa, IN  

  2nd Place ~ Marion Clarke, Ireland  

  3rd Place ~Bernard Gieske   

The following twenty-six poets from nine countries contributed twenty-seven poems to this contest:

Marion Clarke, Ireland; J. P. Christiansen, US; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Alegria Imperial, Canada; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Dan Iulian, RO; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Evica Kraljić, CR; Tonka Lovric, CR; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, Croatia;
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Karen O'Leary, US; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Carol Pearce-Worthington, US; Pravat Kumar Padhy, India; Deryn Pittar, NZ; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Diana Teneva, BG

Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Announcing the July / August 31, 2012 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, Thursday, August 23, 2012. 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, 2012 Poem This Picture Contest.



Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Poetry News

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.

Voices Israel 23rd annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

July 2012 Cyclamens and Swords Publishing Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter Cyclamens and Swords Publishing


Connecting to Canada

Vancouver Poetry Reading: Bright Future for haiku

Alegria Imperial, CA



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 2012 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; Read the complete submission guidelines

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name


Announcing the July / August 31, 2012-43 "wind in the reeds" Kukai

The July / August 31, 2012 Kukai is "wind in the reeds (ogi no koe, early autumn) Lit. 'voice of the reeds'" Plants: in The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words Selected by Kenkichi Yamamoto Translated by Kris Young Kondo and William J. Higginson Edited for Renku Home on-line:  Use the exact words "wind in the reeds" 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.

her skirts once rustled
through these lovely rooms

wind in the reeds

John Daleiden, US

"wind in the reeds" Kukai

Submissions: Sunday, July 01, 2012 – Saturday, August 18, 2012 Midnight.
Voting: Sunday, August 19, 2012 -  Sunday, August 26, 2012 Midnight.

Please sign your submission with your name and country of residence.

The results will be published in the Friday, August 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-4: 43 "wind in the reeds" 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 anonymity. 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 anonymous 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, 2012-43 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

The theme of the July / August 31, 2012-43 haiku thread will be anything to do with "vegetable(s)" in the northern or southern hemisphere. It is not necessary to use the words "vegetable(s)" but the concept must be obvious.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread.
Subject Line: 
July / August 31, 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Friday, August 24, 2012


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at July / August 31, 2012-43 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Friday, August 31, 2012-43 Sketchbook.

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










Sketchbook Special Features

May / June 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 3 ~ Issue 42


Congratulations to the British

on their exciting Opening to the 2012 Summer Olympics


Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook PoetsMarch / April 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 3 ~ Issue 42

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat—RD Armstrong, US; Miyuki Atechi, US; Hank Beukema, US; John Daleiden, US; Tracy McPherson, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Loyd Myatt, US; Joyce Watkins, US

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: May / June 30, 2012-42 ~ Vol. 5, No. 3: Issue 18—Karin Anderson, AU; Miyuki Atechi, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Alex Serban, RO

childwriter's Art by Miyuki Atechi, US

Featuring Little Black Book: May / June 30, 2012 ~ Vol. 6, No. 2—Karin Anderson, AU; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US

Sketchbook Index for May / June 30, 2012: 42

Sketchbook Announcements Index for May / June 30, 2012: 42
Sketchbook Announcements Index for March / April 30, 2012: 41

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre

Haiku: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Marion Clarke, Ireland; Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE; Robert Davey, UK; Jim Davis, US; Jay Friedenberg, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; A. J. Huffman, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sergio Ortiz, US; Tylar Pruett, US; Vania Stefanova, BG; Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Diana Teneva, BG

Haibun: Bouwe Brouwer, NL

Renhai: John Daleiden, US

Senryu: Chen-ou Liu, CA

Tanka and Tanka Prose: Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA

Western Genre

Cinquain: John Daleiden, US; Bob Lucky, ET; Sandra Martyres, IN; Craig W. Steele, US

Dectina Refrain: Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Munia Khan, BD

Experimental Forms: Brian Strand, UK

Fibonacci: Armando Corbelle, US; Bernard Gieske, US

Found Poem: Bernard Gieske, US

Free Verse: RD Armstrong, US; Amaranth Borsuk, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Mark Dohle, US; Yosef Gotlieb, IL; Joshua D. Gross, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Mehjabin Haque; Elizabeth Howard, US; Michael Lee Johnson, US; Sergio Ortiz, US; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Kay Tracy, US; Neal Whitman, US

Yugen: Vania Stefanova, BG



Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Sestina: I Dreamed A Dream; Ekphrastic Stellanette Poem: Josephine Wall's Fantasy Art; Ekphrastic Quatrains: My Mother Thinks I’m Old Fashioned
John Daleiden, US
Ekphrastic Free Verse: This Old House
Bernard Gieske, USEkphrastic Free Verse: O Roma
Bernard Gieske, US and Warren Prosperi, US: Ekphrastic Free Verse: Musuem Epiphany II
Bernard Gieske, US Poet and Steve Hanks, US Painter: Ekphrastic Couplets: Dancing on the Shore
Michael Lee Johnson, US—Ekphrastic Free Verse: Jesse's Homeless Face; Ekphrastic Free Verse: Around My World
Munia Khan, BD—Ekphrastic Free Verse: Lonely Home
Iolanda Scripca, US—Ekphrastic Free Verse: Back From Exile; Ekphrastic Free Verse: Balloon Festival; Ekphrastic Free Verse: March of the Barefooted
Brian Strand, UK—Ekphrasis in Open form: On Pause




Translation Feature

Some Gems from Mirza Ghalib, IN Translated from Urdu

Sunil Uniyal, IN Translator




Read Let US Pray

Participants in the May / June 30, 2012  Let Us Pray Feature

Ten poets from five countries are Featured in Let Us Pray

Karin Anderson, AU; Danica Bartulović, CR; Gillena Cox, TT; Elizabeth Howard, US; Dubravko Korbus, Croatia; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Brian Strand, UK

Australia, Croatia, India, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

The next Let Us Pray Closes on August 20, 2012



Featured Art Photography

Art Photo Gallery ~ Pacific Ocean in my heart

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Experimental Poetry Forms

Brian Strand, UK


Contributing Editor Doug Holder


Interview with Poet Amaranth Borsuk


Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev


Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers

The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features Poetry and Art by Heather Lenz, J.A. Spahr-Summers, and Cindy Stell, Sandhya Tiwari, Sarah Martin, Marcie Riel.

Read ZZ BagginsNot Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary


Enter the Book Fair

June / July 2012 Featured Book

Strong as Silk by Brigit Truex
Leonard J. Cirino: The Instrument of Others

Book Fair: All Featured Book List



Free to enter Kids-Count-For-Earthday-Haiku Webfest

The 2012 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Webfest is in association with The Haiku Society of America; With Words (UK); Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms (USA); and Planetpals (Worldwide). Partnering together with the planet to bring positive messages about your world.

Read all the details here!


May / June 2012
"cloud(s)" Kukai Results

    First Place: Poppy Herrin, US

    Second Place:  Juliet Wilson, UK

    Third Place Tie: Alegria Imperial, CA; Michele L. Harvey, US; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Chitra Rajappa, India

Read the "cloud(s)" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the "cloud(s)" Kukai winners.

Thirty-eight haijin from fifteen countries contributed one hundred-two haiku to this Kukai.

Ramesh Anand, IN; Karin Anderson, AU; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bill Cooper, US, Marie Morrissey-Cummins, IR; Robert Davey, UK; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Nelly Dobrinova, BG, Jay Friedenberg, US; Michele L. Harvey, US, Poppy Herrin, US; Cara Holman, US; Vladislav Hristov, BG; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisora Iordache, RO; Dan Iulian, RO; A. D. Jaden, US; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Robert Kania, PL; Dubravko Korbus, CR; Munia Khan, BD; Tonka Lovric (Davor), CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Stella Pierides, DE/UK; Deryn Pittar, NZ; Vera Primoric, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Diana Teneva, BG; Angie Werren, US; Juliet Wilson, UK,

Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England), United States.


Editor's Choice "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread

John's Choices ~ "Two are better than one"

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~ Wedding Threads

Read the May / June 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread

Forty-five poets from fifteen countries have contributed two hundred eighty-eight haiku to the May / June 30, 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread.

Asni Amin, Singapore (SG); Ramesh Anand, IN;  Karin Anderson, AU; Zlata Bogović, Croatia;  Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Patricia Carragon, NY US;  Marion Clarke, Ireland; Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Smajil Durmisevic, BA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Dan Iulian, RO; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Eftichia Kapardeli, GR (Greece); Munia Khan, BD;  Evica Kraljić, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tonka Lovric (Davor), CR; Štefanija Ludvig, CR;  Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, Croatia; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Pravat Kumar Padhy, IN; Deryn Pittar, NZ; Marija Pogorilic, CR; Vera Primorac, CR; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Diana Teneva, BG; Anita Waiboer, NL; Angie Werren, US; Juliet Wilson, UK; Yamadori, US

Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Greece, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore (SG), United Kingdom, United States


From the Editor's Chairs


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






to the top







Copyright © 2006-2012 Sketchbook and  All rights reserved.