Cover Art















Emile Molhuysen, NL

a master created me



Ed Baker, USHaiga; Ed Baker, USHaiga 2; Emile Molhuysen, NL—from Haiga 1998 - 2008 Japan Collection; Ron Moss, AU—Haiga

Pris Campbell, US and Cheryl A. Townsend, US—Collaborative Photo Haiga

Maya Lyubenova, BGThree Visual Poems

Mary Davila, USPhoto Haiga; Susan Constable, CA—Photo Haiga

John Martone, USfrom bonpu

Marlčne Buitelaar, NL, Betty Kaplan, US and Max Verhart, NL—Haigay: On The Cutting Board

Art of Saul Bernstein, US




Cover Artist


Ron Moss, AU


Sketchbook Authors
September 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 9

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
Pamela A. Babusci, US
Saul Bernstein, US
Shawn Bowman, US
Marlčne Buitelaar, NL

Pris Campbell, US
Martin Cohen, US
Susan Constable, CA
Gillena Cox, TT
John Daleiden, US
Mary Davila, US
Curtis Dunlap, US
Deborah Finkelstein, US
Georges Friedenkraft, FR
Judith Gorgone, US
Andreas Gripp, CA

Jan Oskar Hansen, PT
Doug Holder, US
Elizabeth Howard, US
Betty Kaplan, US
M. Kei, US
Karina Klesko, US
Richard Krawiec, US
Artur Lewandowski, PL
Bob Lucky, CN
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Jacek Margolak, PL
John Martone, US
Tracy McPherson, US
Emile Molhuysen, NL
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Vasile Moldovan, RO
Ron Moss, AU
Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN
Robert Naczas, PL
Karen O'Leary, US
Kristin Reynolds, US
Vaughn Seward, CA
Dr. Ram Sharma, IN
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Craig Tigerman, US
Richard Straw, US
Cheryl A. Townsend, US
Max Verhart, NL
Ella Wagemakers, NL
Don Wiggins, US
A. D. Winans, US


A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies





Read the Poems by Genre

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


Writer's Handbook


Writer's Handbook Index



Global Correspondents

Connecting to South Africa

10: End of Innocence

by Jeff Spahr-Summers


Connecting to China

On the Road in China

by Bob Lucky


Connecting to Israel

Waiting for the Rains

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 "migrating birds" October 2008 Kukai

The October 2008 Kukai will be any of the following: (migrating birds--geese migrate, cranes / storks come, shrike, butcher bird, quail, bullbul, woodpecker, bird of passage, migratory bird, snipe, longbill, siskin, little birds):  Any of the exact word(s) listed above 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.


Author, Country

Subject:"migrating birds" kukai

Submissions: Wednesday October 01, 2008 – Monday October 20, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – Monday October 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, October 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 "October"  Thread

The theme of the monthly haiku thread will be any of the following: cat(s), witche(s), jack-0-lantern(s), shadow(s); or any images that convey the sense of "halloween" and / or Samhain.  Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line:
"October 2008" haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Tuesday, October 28, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at "October 2008" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Friday, October 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
September 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 9

Rengay Authors

Hortensia Anderson, US; Ginka Billiarska, BG; John Daleiden, US; Curtis Dunlap, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Karina Klesko, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Yvonne Myers, UK; Robert Naczas, PL; Vaughn Seward, CA; Richard Straw, US; Max Verhart, NL; Ella Wagemakers, NL

Rengay Through the Season by Masago & FriendsAutumn: September

Read the Rengay



Marlčne Buitelaar, NL, Betty Kaplan, US and Max Verhart, NLOn The Cutting Board


Gillena Cox, TT and Vaughn Seward, CAUneasy

Solo Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT: Star Gazing

Read the Renhai

Vaughn Seward, Renhai Editor

Send all renhai submissions to Vaughn Seward:


Martin Cohen, US; Deborah Finkelstein, US; Georges Friedenkraft, FR; Jan Oskar Hansen, NL; Elizabeth Howard, US; M. Kei, US; Artur Lewandowski, PL; Kristin Reynolds, US


Don Wiggins, US and Judith Gorgone, USUntitled


Jan Oskar Hansen, NL; Pamela A. Babusci, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Tanka Sequence

John Daleiden, US

Kikakuza Haibun Contest

Deadline: 31 January 2009

Read the details


First International Erotic Tanka Contest

Deadline Postmark: Dec. 31st 2008



Contributing Editor Jeff Spahr-Summers

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

Vol. 5, Issue 12: Featuring photography by Michael Crowley and poetry by Shane Allison

Vol. 5, Issue 11: Featuring art by Janet Snell and poetry by Jonathan Penton.

Vol. 5, Issue 10: Featuring art by Debra Bretton Robinson and poetry by Donna Pecore

life and death

Photo by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers

The Poetry Victims: Current Topics: Current Poetry News, Music by Michael Franti and Spearhead, Photographs by ZZ Baggins, Art by Amy Kohut, ZZ Linka, Waking Life

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Karina Klesko, Editor


Mark Savage

Souls And Passions


Sketchbook II

Volume 1, No. 5 June 30, 2008

The OutlawPoets II


Shanna's Beat

Shanna Baldwin Moore

Shanna Baldwin Moore: Free Verse: Untitled

A Gallery of Venice Beach Photos




A. D. Winans: Free Verse:Poem For Jack Micheline, Stretching The Imagination, Poem For An Imaginary Daughter, Trying To Let Go

RD Armstrong, US: Free VerseArtifact from from Fire and Rain Selected Poems - Vol. 2

Pris Campbell, US: Free VerseHurricane Season

Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, US: Free Verse from Chapbook, As If: Who Am I To Cry, "Smiles Of a Summer Night", As If

Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, US: Free Verse: De-Cap, A Putting Aside, Temporary Poem 2

G. David Schwartz: Free VerseHad A Very Bad Dream, A F ish Without A Head, I’ve Been Seeking A Light Basket

Tracy McPherson, USFree Verse: Homeless , It's almost sunset, Vanilla ice cream, Tight Buns and 501s, Beach outlaws, 57 Chevy

Christopher Mulrooney, US—Free Verse: new city men, general repetition, key to the city, glazed donut

Lyn Lifshin: Free Verse: from Race Track Poems: Have You Ever Wondered?; The Family Shoe; Have You Ever Read Passionate Poems, Not Feeling Like Writing Any Love Poems; When The Man In A Motorized Wheel Chair At The Book Fair Picks Up My Books; December 2, After The First Day Out Of The House; December 2; December 2; December 7.

The Little Black Book


Maya Lyubenova, BGThree Visual Poems

Ed Baker, USamong the bullrushes

Little Black Book Guidelines



Sketchbook II Editors

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden

Shanna Baldwin Moore


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




September 2008 "autumn festival" Kukai Results

     First Place: Kristin Reynolds, US

     Second Place:  Trish Shields, CA

     Third Place: Kristin Reynolds, US , Mary Davila, US

Read the

Read the "autumn festival" Kukai Results

Kukai Participants

Ed Baker, US; Mary Davila, US; John Daleiden, US; Betty Kaplan, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Kristin Reynolds, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Don Wentworth, US

Countries:  Canada, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

 Editor's Choice

2008 September "bazaar" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "bazaar"  Haiku Thread


Participating Poets

Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Iga Gala Miemus, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Kristin Reynolds, US; Trish Shields, CA; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Kim Tairi, AU; A. Thiagarajan, IN

Countries:  Australia, Canada, India, Poland, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States


From The Editor's Desk

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Enter the Book Fair

Featured Books of the Month

A. D. Winans, US

Marking Time



Ed Baker

Restoration Poems

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