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Featured Haiga


Author, Country

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 Ed Baker, US; Heike Gewi, DE/YE; Judi Suni Hall, CA; Don Hall, CA; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US; Cynthia Rowe, AU


Cover Art

Karina Klesko, US

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Contest News: Results & Announcements

Sketchbook July / August 2012 "reed(s)" Kukai Results

Sketchbook July / August 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook July / August 2012 SHH Contest No. 4 ~ Autumn
Karina Klesko

SHH Contest No. 4 Autumn Kigo Ballot with No Names


Sketchbook SHH Contest 5 Autumn Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 October, 2012

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Sketchbook July / August 2012 Poem This Picture - Contest Results
Moderated by Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Ballot for the Poem This Picture Contest

The Winners are...

  1st Place ~ Joyce S. Greene, US

  2nd Place ~  Asni Amin, Singapore

  3rd Place ~ Pravat Kumar Padhy, India  

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

Participants: Asni Amin, Singapore; Danica Bartulović, CR; Gillena Cox, TT; Maire Morrissey-Cummins, IR; Bernard Gieske, US; Joyce S. Greene, US; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Dan Iulian, Romania; Eftichia Kapardeli, Greece (GR); Munia Khan, BG; Evica Kraljić CR; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Pravat Kumar Padhy, IN; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Hema Ravi, India; Gheorghe Postelinicu Stops, Ro; Diana Teneva, BG

Countries: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, India, Ireland, Romania, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


Announcing the September / October 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, Saturday, October 20, 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: September / October 31, 2012 Poem This Picture Contest.



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Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

...Outside the Door

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 September 2012 Newsletter

Reuben Rose Poetry Competition Closes September 30, 2012



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 November / December 31, 2012-45 "withered reeds" Kukai

The November / December 31, 2012-45 "withered reeds" Kukai.  Use the exact words "withered 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.


Author, Country

"withered reeds" Kukai

Submissions: Thursday, November 01, 2012 – Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Midnight.
Voting: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 -  Saturday, December 29, 2012 Midnight.

Please sign your submission and your votes with your name, city, and country of residence.

The results will be published in the Monday, December 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-6: 45 "withered 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 November / December 31, 2012-45 "winter sports" Haiku Thread

The theme of the November / December 31, 2012-45 "winter sports" haiku thread will be anything to do with "winter sports" in the northern or southern hemisphere. It is not necessary to use the words "winter sports" but the concept must be obvious.

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

Subject Line: November / December
31, 2012 "winter sports" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, December 23, 2012


Author, City, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at November / December 31, 2012-45 "winter sports" Haiku Thread Results

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Monday, December 31, 2012 Sketchbook 7-6: 45.

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










Sketchbook Special Features

July / August 31, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 4 ~ Issue 43

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets—July / August 31, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 4 ~ Issue 43

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat—Tracy McPherson, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; A. D. Winans, US

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: July / August 31, 2012-42 ~ Vol. 5, No. 4: Issue 19—Karin Anderson, AU; Patricia Biela, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Sandra Martyres, IN

Featuring Little Black Book:  July / August 31, 2012 ~ Vol. 6, No. 3-23—Karin Anderson, AU; Amy Gieske, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US

Sketchbook Index for July / August 31, 2012: 43

Sketchbook Announcements Index for July / August 31, 2012: 43

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre

Haiku: S. M. Abeles, US; Robert Davey, UK; Mary Hind, AU; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Radhey Shiam, IN; Craig W. Steele, US; Diana Teneva, BG

Ghazal: Sunil Uniyal, IN

Haibun: Matthew Caretti, US

Tanka and Tanka Prose: Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Shanna Baldwin Moore, Nu Quang, US; US; Brian Zimmer, US

Western Genre

Cinquain: Karen O'Leary, US; Craig W. Steele, US; Brian Zimmer, US

Couplets: Emily Romano, US

Experimental Forms: Brian Strand, UK

Free Verse: RD Armstrong, US; Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Danica Bartulovic, CR; Katherine L. Gordon, CA; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Elizabeth Howard, US; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Tracy McPherson, US; Iolanda Scripca, US; Neal Whitman, US

Loop Poetry: Sandra Martyres, IN

Quintet: Brian Zimmer, US

Yugen: Vania Stefanova, BG



Haiku Feature

Sketchbook SHH Contest 5 Announcement ~ Deadline: 20 October, 2012

Results: SHH Contest 4 ~ Autumn Kigo

SHH Contest No. 4 Autumn Kigo Ballot

Ballot with No Names

SHH 4 Haiku Only With Names; No Names

Editor, Karina Klesko



Let Us Pray Feature

Beauty in Others Project

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~Mother Teresa

Editor, Karina Klesko



Read Let US Pray

Participants in the July / August 31, 2012  Let Us Pray Feature

Thirteen poets from four countries are Featured in Let Us Pray

Participants: Karin Anderson, AU; Danica Bartulović, CR; Elizabeth Howard, US; Vishnu P. Kapoor, IN; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Vera Primorac, CR; Emily Romano, US; Sunil Uniyal, IN

Countries: Australia, Croatia, India, United States

The next Let Us Pray Closes on October 20, 2012



Featured Art Photography

Art Photo Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Experimental Poetry Forms

Captioned Cartoons: Erik Satie and Wassily Kandinsky

Brian Strand, UK


Contributing Editor Doug Holder


 Interview with Maria Judge


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




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!


July / August 2012
"reed(s)" Kukai Results

    First Place: Bouwe Brouwer, NL

    Second Place:  Cara Holman, US

    Third Place: Cezar F. Ciobîcă, RO

Read the "reed(s)" Kukai Results

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

Forty-two haijin from fourteen countries contributed one-hundred-eight haiku to this Kukai.

Participants: Asni Amin, SG; Ramesh Anand, IN; Danica Bartulovic, CR; Dawn Bruce, AU; John Byrne, IE; Cezar F. Ciobica, RO; Kirsten Cliff, NZ; Bill Cooper, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Ailoaei Cristina; Tracy Davidson, UK; Nelly Dobrinova, BG; Vladislav Hrisof, BG; Cara Holman, US; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Dan Iulian, RO; Robert Kania, PL; Vishnu P. Kapoor, IN; Alegria Imperial, CA; Evica Kraljić, CR; Stefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludwig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; John McDonald, Scotland; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Jacquie Pearce, CA; Douglas Penick, US; Beth Powell, CA; Hema Ravi, IN; Emily Romano, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Diana Teneva, BG; Angela Terry, US; Angie Werren, US; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States


Editor's Choice "vegetable(s)" Haiku ThreadJ

John's Choices ~ Vegetables Impact the Senses

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~ About Almost Saying Nothing

Read the July / August 2012 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

The following thirty-three poets from eleven countries have contributed 172 Haiku to the July / August 31, 2012-43 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Participants: Ramesh Anand, IN; Karin Anderson, AU; Danica Bartulović, CR; Marg Beverland, New Zealand; Dawn Bruce, Australia;  Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IR; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Smajil Durmisevic, BA; Lois J. Funk, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Anisoara Iordache, Romania; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Cara Holman, US; Dan Iulian, RO; Evica Kraljić, CR; Chen-ou Liu, Canada; Štefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Ljudmila Milena Mrsic, CR; Aju Mukhopadhyay, India; Karen O'Leary, US;  Pravat Kumar Padhy, India; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Hema Ravi, IN; Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, CR; Vania Stefanova, BG; Gheorghe Postelinicu Stops RO;  Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Angie Werren, US; Tad Wojnicki, US/TW

Countries:  Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA), Canada, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, Ireland, Romania, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States


From the Editor's Chairs


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






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