from The Editor's Chair




Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US


July / August 2010


The July / August 2010 Sketchbook contains poems, art and features from ninty-three writers from eighteen countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States. The Editors extend a warm welcome to all of you!

Nine poets make their first Sketchbook appearance in the July / August 2010 Issue: William Doreski, US; Heike Gewi, DE; Munia Khan, BD; Thomas Martin, US; Diane Mayr, US; Mike Scheidemann, IL; R. K. Singh, IN; Urszula Wielandowska, PL; Spiros Zafris, CA. Welcome to the Sketchbook family.

The July / August Sketchbook Cover Art is a photo from Photoexpress.

The Haiga featured on the Contents page is "boundry waters" by an'ya.

Congratulations to the July / August "new coolness / lingering heat" Kukai winners:

    First Place: Terri French, US

    Second Place: Cara Holman, US

    Third Place: Bouwe Brower, NL

Thirty-seven haiku poets wrote eighty-eight haiku for the "new coolness / lingering heat" Kukai. Read the "new coolness" or "lingering heat" Kukai Results

The September / October 2010 Kukai is "autumn wind": Read the details here.

Twenty Haiku Poets from nine countries contributed eighty-seven Haiku to The July / August "fruit trees" Haiku Thread. Read the July / August 31, 2010 "fruit" haiku thread  Read the Choice Haiku selected by editors Karina Klesko and John Daleiden.

The September / October theme for the Haiku Thread is anything to do with "fall trees".  Read the details here.

This July / August 2010 issue contains a diversity of poetry forms:  Eastern Forms: Haibun, Haiga, Haiku, Kyoka, Renhai, Renku: Junicho, Kasen, Mitsumono, Senryu, Sijo, Tanka.

Western Forms: Anapestic Tetrameter; Cinquain; Double Rondel; Etheree; Ekphrastic Poems; Experimental Poetry; Free Verse; Minute Poem; Mixed Genre: Tetractys, Lanterne, Lune; Palindrome; Rhymed Couplets; Song; Sonnet; Terza Rima; Three-stress Accentual Verse; Waltz Wave Poem.

Judith Gorgone and Alan Summers are pleased to announce the Results of the Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest 2010.

The OutlawPoets are featured in two activities in this issue:  The OutlawPoets Compose a Yotsumono Renku, and The OutlawPoets Haiga 3 Minute Pen Painting Exercise Both activites were lead by Sketchbook Editor, Karina Klesko.

Look for Eiko Yachimoto's Chapter 7, Installlment 8 of Sugita Hisajo's (1890-1946) haiku development in Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement in the next Sketchbook.

Renhai editor Vaughn Seward has selected Renhai for the July / August 2010 Sketchbook; the Renhai authors include Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Dr. Vidur Jyoti, IN; Toshiaki Koika, CA; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA. Be sure to read the notes link at the bottom of each Renhai selection; the notes contain interesting ideas about the rehnai.

Lyn Lifshin, US features a book length poem, Tango.

Art features for July / August 2010: Art Photos by Iolanda Scripca The Art of Üzeyir Lokman ÇAYCI, FR; and a Gallery of art drawings by Norman J. Olson: 4 X 7 Ballpoint Pen Drawing, 5 X 7 Ink Drawing8-4-10, ink drawing 5X7 Inches8-12-2010, Ink drawing 5X7 inches 8-12-2010

The results of Poem the "moss" Picture Contest is revealed: read the winning entry!

The September / October 2010 Poem the Picture Contest is now open; Write a poem in any form for the Picture. Send your entry to by October 25, 2010.  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 October 25, 2010

The Book Fair features two books: The Nature of Attraction by Pris Campbell and Scott Owens and The Piercing Blue of Sirius by Larry Kimmel, US. Purchasing information about each of these selections is in the links.

Global Correspondents Helen Bar-Lev, IL and Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN have submitted reports from their respective countries.

Contributing Editor Doug Holder Interviews MRB CHELKO: Parting words from a Somerville Poet and also contributes Free Verse: Butchers Against The War

Contributing Editor, Helen Bar-Lev presents an Interview with Johnmichael Simon this month and reports on Israel Poetry Meetings . . .

The editors call your attention to the following deadline dates posted in the Announcements section on the contents page:

Sketchbook is now open for September / October 2010 submissions. The submission deadline for this issue is October 20, 2010.  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.


The Sketchbook Editors Karina Klesko and John Daleiden










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