Cover Art














S. A. Griffin, US

T's Mile High Parade

A tribute poem for Tony Scibella



an'ya, USHaiga; Susan Constable, CAHaiga; Gillena Cox, TT—Haiga; Karina Klesko, US—Haiga; Maya Lyubenova, BG—Haiga; Jacek Margolak, PL—Haiga; Allison Millcock, AU—Haiga;  Emile Molhuysen, NL—Haiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Haiga; Robert Naczas, PL—Haiga;

Mary Davila, US and Pris Campbell, USCollaborative Haiga
Aneta Kania, PL and Agnieszka Ćwieląg, PL—Collaborative Haiga

Collage—S. A. Griffin—T's Mile High Parade

Brian Strand, UKHaiga

Art of Saul Bernstein, US




Cover Artist

Karina Klesko, US



Two prize winning Haiga by an'ya

Click each image for full page view



EssayFinite or Infinite: A Haiku Point

Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN



Sketchbook Authors
June 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 6

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson, US
Norla Antinoro, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
b'oki, US
Gerry Bravi, CA
Saul Bernstein, US
Pris Campbell, US
Susan Constable, CA
Gillena Cox, TT
Agnieszka Ćwieląg, PL
John Daleiden, US
Mary Davila, US
Andreas Gripp, US
S. A. Griffin, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Aneta Kania, PL
Betty Kaplan, US
Karina Klesko, US
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Jacek Margolak, PL
Allison Millcock, AU
Vasile Moldovan, RO
Emile Molhuysen, NL

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN
Robert Naczas, PL
Lisa Okon, IL
Norman Olson, US

Karen O'Leary, US
Zhanna P. Rader, US
Kristin A. Reynolds, US
Mel Sarnese, CA
Rebecca Saxon, US
Dr. Ram Sharma, IN
Trish Shields, CA
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Keith A. Simmonds, TT
A. Thiagarajan, IN
Craig Tigerman, US
Max Verhart, NL
A. D. Winans, US
Eiko Yachimoto, JP
Quendryth Young, AU


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies





Read the Poems by Genre

Acrostic, Cinqku, Cinquain, Climbing Rhyme, Couplets, Crystalline,  Dorsimbra, Doublets, Fibonacci, Free Verse, Ghazal, Haibun, Haiga, Haigay, Haiku, Kwansaba, Kyoka, Lanterne, Light Verse, Mondo, Monoku, Pantoum, Renga, Rengay, Renhai, Renku, Rondeau, Sedoka, Shan-zi, Shisan, Sijo, Sonnet, Stellarenga, Senryu, Tanka, Tetractys, Triolet, Villanelle, Whitney



Writer's Handbook




Global Correspondents

Connecting to South Africa

7: Mozambique

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to Israel


by Helen-Bar Lev


Johnmichael Simon and Helen Bar-Lev are pleased to announce the launching 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
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 green grass July 2008 Kukai

For the July 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo green grass. The exact word(s) must be used 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.

from the green grass
laughter of children at play

a day moon

John Daleiden, US

Subject:July08 green grass Kukai

Submissions: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 – Sunday, July 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Monday July 21, 2008 – Sunday, July 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Thursday, June 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 July 2008 patriotism Haiku Thread

For July 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is patriotism / flag. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: July08 patriotism haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, July 27, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at July 2008 patriotism Haiku Thread.

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





Sketchbook Special Features
June 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 6


Rengay Authors

Hortensia Anderson, US; b'oki, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Carole MacRury, US; Max Verhart, NL

Read the Rengay


Vasile Moldovan, RO; Quendryth Young, AUSummer Grass


Elizabeth Howard, US; Lisa Okon, IL; Rebecca Saxon, US

Haiku Sequence

John Daleiden, US


Gillena Cox, TT; A. D. Winans, US

Read the Renhai


Eiko Yachimoto, JP—Asura


Elizabeth Howard, US

First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008



Join the Ginko Walk

Click on each image for full page view

Hello and Welcome to my Ginko Walk!

The other day I went outside for a walk and chose some bits of nature to bring in to scan and present as a Haiga. A Ginko Walk
A haiku Walk, where one observes and writes what stirs their hearts.

Here are my two
one from my Fig Tree which is now fully ripened with delicious sweet fruit. This leaf I chose is quite small in comparison to the rest of them on the tree, and one could fully cover themselves with leaves of this size, in the Garden of Eden!

You will see in my second Haiga that I brought two friends into the house and onto the scanner bed with me. What a surprise that was after I scanned them and then viewed the results on the computer and saw two little spiders, one chasing the other one!

The small branch from a berry tree, appears like it is a full grown tree in the picture. Please do join us and send in something you find right in your own back yard or neighborhoods.

Karina Klesko


Mark Savage

Souls And Passions


Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 5 June 30, 2008

The OutlawPoets II


Venice Beach Photo Gallery

Shanna Baldwin Moore

A Gallery of Venice Beach Photos

Tony Scibella

from The Kid



A. D. Winans, USFree Verse: Fourth of July Poem; from Marking Time: The Demise of Jazz in North Beach, For Jill

S. A. Griffin, USFree Verse: T's Mile High Parade

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US—Haiga; Haiga for Tony Scibellaa tree planted

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USA Tribute to Tony Scibella: Spring Swing, A Poem to Blow in Morning Coffee,

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USPhoto album for Tony Scibella

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USRemembering...The Gas House

Wanda Aus, USTrash Art

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse: evening on the dunes, merlot moon, Clueless, In another life, I can't help you this time

Scot Young, US—Free Verse: Smithereens, Chinatown Jazz, For a Moment, Before Girls

Corey Lyman, USThe Point of the Poem

Christopher Barnes, UKFree Verse: Stab, Staff Change At Watching You Space Station, The Star-Spangled Spanner, Sterile Surfaces, Stunted, Sultana

G. David Schwartz, US—Free Verse: I Look Out The Window, I Aint Seen You In So Long, My Dog Barks, Kara Goodman, Harriet, Debbie Sellers-Trotta, Wanita King

Norla Antinoro, US—Free Verse: Stone Cold and Unforgot, the dying times, Our Ill-Fated Love, Meadowlilly Woods, This Unquiet Silence, On Loving Narcissus, ashes on the mountain, crystal streams, Missing rainbows, Discovering Essence, Flying Low, From the Dreamtime, The Other Side of Walls, Turned, Adolescent angst, Trapped in Darkness,  Thorns Remembered, Billie's Sleeping with the Blues, Extra Ordinary, Narcissus beholds, burning bridges, Black Fire, Black Light, Pacific Ballet: Sijo for a scuba diver, Tears for Mama, Ahesions

Lyn Lifshin, USFree Verse: Eight Poems from Cove Point: When I Read One More Story Of A Sleeping Child Being Pulled From Her Warm Sheets, When my Mother's Hair Grew Longer, Lush on IV, When I see Sarah Jessica Parker is Replaced by Joss Stone, Old Boy Friends, Writer's Conference Brochure, Fashion City, Sirens, Cat Love, The Man Who Puts His Hands Over His Ears When You Talk

Lyn Lifshin, US—Free Verse: Twelve Selections from January Poems, 2006: Tangerine Blossoms; Strange Dream; January 9; January 9, 2006; January 9; Subway, January 9; If You Write About what You Know Someone Says; Why Not The Scent Of Tangerines; January 10, 2006; Trying To Just Smell The Tangerine Blossoms; Don't She Says Have A Baby On Your Own

The Little Black Book


Little Black Book Guidelines



Sketchbook II Editors:

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


childwriter's cover

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

Brian Strand, UK—Vignette-on Two Levels

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



"summer morning" Kukai Results

     First Place: Mary Davila, US

     Second Place: Bill Kenney, US

     Third Place: Catherine J. S. Lee, US

Read the "summer morning" Kukai


Kukai Participants

Hortensia Anderson, US; Norla Antinoro, US; Ed Baker, US; Robert Bauer, US; Gerry Bravi, CA; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Mary Davial, US; Manu Kant, IN; Bill Kenney, US; Angelika Kolompar, CA; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Lisa Okon, IL; Peter Pache, US; Aleksandar Prokopiev, RO; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, US; F. J. Seligson, US; Brian Strand, UK; John Stone, US; Barbara Taylor, AU; Craig Tigerman, US; Jennie Townsend, US; Rafal Zabratynsi, PL


 Editor's Choice

2008 June "bride / wedding" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's ChoicesPledging their Troth

Read the "bride / wedding" Haiku Thread

Participating Poets

Ed Baker, US; Daniela Bullas, UK; John Tiong Chunghoo, ML; Gillena Cox, TT; Magdalena Dale, RO; John Daleiden, US; Tanya Dikova, IL; Manu Kant, IN; Betty Kaplan, US; Bill Kenney, US; Karina Klesko, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter Pache, US; Sasho Prokopiev, Macedonia; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; John Stone, US; Constantin Stroe, RO; Eiko Yachimoto, JP; Rafal Zabratynski, PL


From The Editor's Desk

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden

Monday July 7, 2008


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month


Gillena Cox, TT



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

































































































































































































Sketchbook logo by Judith Gorgone

Copyright © 2006-2008 Sketchbook and  All rights reserved