Cover Art














Pris Campbell

the moment lengthens...



Pris Campbell, US—Haiga; Norman Darlington, IE—Haiga; Mary Davila, US—Haiga; Laryalee Fraser, CA—Haiga Maya Lyubenova, BG—Haiga

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Photo Haiga; Dorota Pyra, PL—Photo Haiga

Susan Constable and Josh Wikoff and Terry O'Connor—Collaborative Photo Haiga

Maya Lyubenova, BG—Visual Poem


Art of Saul Bernstein, US

Take A Card



Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement

Installment 2: Chapter 1: Who Introduced Hisajo

Installment 1: Prologue: My Courtesy Visit—October Sketchbook

by Eiko Yachimoto


Cover Artist

chance meeting

Norman Darlington, IE


In Memory of William J. Higginson

December 17, 1938 - October 11, 2008




Contest News

The deadline for The Adirondack Review Photography Contest is December 31, 2008.

The deadline for the Fulton Prize for Short Fiction is January 31, 2009.

Read the details




Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents


Connecting to Trinidad & Tabogo

River Lime a Trini Lifestyle

by Gillena Cox



Connecting to South Africa

12:  Johannesburg to Cape Town

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to Israel

Poetic Telepathy

by Helen-Bar Lev


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev are pleased to announce the launch of their new website Poetry, short stories, artwork, contest, publishing and more. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.






John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Bob Lucky, Hangzhou, China
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.




Announcing "winter night" December 2008 Kukai

The December 2008 Kukai theme is "winter night". Use the exact words "winter night" in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

Subject:"winter night" kukai

Submissions: Monday December 01, 2008 – Saturday, December 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, December 21, 2008 – Saturday, December 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Sketchbook.

Recent 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 workshopped; 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.



Announcing 2008 "dance"  Thread

The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be dance--any kind of dance.

 Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: "dance"  December 2008 haiku thread.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, December 28 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at "dance" December 2008 haiku thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Sketchbook.



Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

Submission deadline: 20th of each month

Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month twelve 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



Sketchbook Special Features
November 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 11

Free Verse


Tanka Sequence

Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward


Kikakuza Haibun Contest

Deadline: 31 January 2009

Read the details


First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008


An Interview with Ed Baker

At the Border of Silver and Tacky

by Geof Huth, US

Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

Jeff is the creator and editor of  The Poetry Victims: These November 2008 issues are now online:

Vol. 5, Issue 17: Featuring art by Michael A. Crowley; poetry by Karen Douglass and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Vol. 5, Issue 16: Featuring art by Amy Kohut;  poetry by Amy Kohut and J. A. Spahr-Summers

Photo by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

The Poetry Victims: Current Topics: Current Poetry News, Music by N.O.H.A., Credence Clearwater Revival, Photographs by ZZ Baggins, Art by Amy Kohut, ZZ's Links, Waking Life, Special Links, Fatboy Slim, D. J. Monkey

Please use the back arrow in the main
browser to return to Sketchbook

Karina Klesko, Editor



childwriter's cover

childwriter's contents: January 31, 2008: Vol. 1, No. 1

Brian Strand, UK—Vignette-on Two Levels

Michemon, JP—Illustrator—Children's Books: Gallery 1; Gallery 2; Michemon Biography


September 2008 "old diary" Kukai Results

      First Place: Bill Kenney, US

      Second Place Tie:  Betty Kaplan, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; Rafal Zabratynski, PL; Catherine J. S. Lee, US

      Third Place Tie: Peter H. Pache, US; Richard Straw, US; Bill Kenney, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Martin Gottlieb Cohen, US; Kristin Reynolds, US

Read the "old diary" Kukai Results

Participants in the "old diary" kukai

Authors:  Richard Berkey, US; Martin Gotlieb Cohen, US; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Victor P. Gendrano, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PL; John L. Holt, Capt., USAF: tori inu, US ; Manu Kant, IN; Betty Kaplan, US; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Peter H. Pache, US; Terrie Leigh Relf (AKA semi), US; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Kristin Reynolds, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Richard Straw, US; Kim Tairi, AU; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Jennie Townsend, US; Eric V. a.ka. El Coyote, US; Scot Young, US; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Countries:  Australia, India, Poland, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, United States


 Editor's Choice

2008 November "holiday(s)" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "holiday(s)"  Haiku Thread

Participating Poets

Ed Baker, US; John Daleiden, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Aleksandar Prokopiev, MK; Terrie Leigh Relf (semi), US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Countries:  Australia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, United States


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US

The Reagan Psalms CD



Dr.Sarojini Sahoo, IN

The Dark Abode

The Art of Haiku, Gerald England, ed.
Spirit Harvest, Trish Shields
unfinished book, Deborah P. Kolodji
Flowers of Life, Brian Strand
Shorthand of the Heart, Brian Strand
Poiema: Ekphrasis Poems, Brian Strand
Phaneros, A Selection of Lanternes, Brian Strand

Things Just Come Through, Ed Baker
Cobweb, Cristian Mocanu
Watching the Bud of Dream, Rita Odeh
The Language of Sparrows, Andreas Gripp
Like Darwin Among the Gods,
Andreas Gripp
Presence of Mind, Jim Kacian
Oklahoma Heat, Marc Thompson
(C)opyright Sign, Daniela Bullas
Animals are Nature's Poetry, Helen Bar-Lev
Cyclamens And Swords, Helen Bar-Lev
The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson
San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
whispers from hell, A. D. Winans
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves, Vicgtor P. Gendrano
Coast Lines,
Trish Shields and Katherine Gordon
Fire Pearls, M. Kei, editor
Heron Sea: Short Poems of the Chesapeake Bay, M. Kei
The Poetic Image, Alan Summers and Roger Brown
moments, Gillena Cox
seasons of a hermitess, an'ya
Fire and Rain, RD Armstrong
Beads on Blossoms, Andreas Gripp
On/Off The Beaten Path: The Road Poems, RD. Armstrong, (Raindog)
Last Call: The Legacy of Charles Bukowski: The Saga Continues, RD. Armstrong, (Raindog)
Lost in the Fog, Lyn Lifshin
The Whole Body Singing, Quendryth Young
El Pagano and Other Twisted Tales, RD Armstrong
Marking Time, A. D. Winans
Restoration Poems, Ed Baker
As If, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
The Reagan Pslams CD, A. D. Winans
Hesitant Commitments, Pris Campbell
The Dark Abode, Dr.Sarojini Sahoo