from The Editor's Chair




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


May / June 30, 2012

The May / June 2012 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features by eighty writers from twenty-one Countries: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Israel, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States.

Eight poets from two countries make their first Sketchbook appearance in the May / June 2012 Issue: Amaranth Borsuk, US; Jim Davis, US; Mehjabin Haque; A. J. Huffman, US; Eftichia Kapardeli, Greece; Tyler Pruett, US; Kay Tracy, US; Carol Pearce-Worthington, US. Welcome to the Sketchbook family of writers.

The May / June 2012 Sketchbook Cover Art  is by

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is

Congratulations to the May / June 2012 "cloud" Kukai winners:

    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

Announcing the July / August 2012 "wind in the reeds" Kukai: read the full guidelines here.

Forty haijin from fourteen countries have contributed two hundred-forty haiku to the May / June 30, 2012 "wedding / bide Haiku Thread. Click here to read the entire Haiku Thread.

The "wedding / bride" Choice Haiku selected by editors John Daleiden ~ xxx; and Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~ Wedding Threads.

.Announcing the June / July 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread: read the full guidelines here.

The May / June 2012 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms: Eastern Genre; Haiku; Haibun; Renhai; Senryu; Tanka and Tanka Prose. Western Genre: Cinquain; Dectina Refrain; Experimental Poetry;Fibonacci; Found Poems; Free Verse, and Yugen.

For the May / June 2012 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 May / June 2012 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: July 20, 2012

Please continue to send your poems and prayers to:

Eiko Yachimoto, JP features Installment 9 in her series Hisajo’s in the light of English Haikai Movement Installment 9

Editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the May / June 2012 Sketchbook:  John Daleiden. 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 May / June 2012 issue: Art Gallery and Travel Essays: Gridlocked in Vegas & Las Vegas to LAX in a Convertible by Norman J. Olson, US; Art Photo Gallery ~ Pacific Ocean in my hear by Iolanda Scripca, US.

The winners of the May / June2012 Poem  Picture Contest: 

  1st Place ~ Chitra Rajappa, IN  

  2nd Place ~ Marion Clarke, Ireland  

  3rd Place ~Bernard Gieske   

Read the entire PTP series of twenty-six poems.

The July / August 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 Midnight, Saturday, August 23, 2012.

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev, IL features an

Contributing Editor, Doug Holder, US reports his Interview with Poet Amaranth Borsuk.

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 in The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4 and his thoughts in a Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary.

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the 2012 Announcements Index on the Contents page.

Sketchbook is now open for July / August 2012: Issue 43 submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is August 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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