Cover Art





Featured Collaborative Haiga
Watercolour by Deborah Rachel Nago, Singapore
Haiku by Russell H. Ragsdale, Kazakhstan

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Haiga Selected for Mother's Day, May 8, 2011 ~ Karina Klesko, Editor

Judi and Duane Armbruster; Pris Campbell, US; Norman Darlington, IR; Heike Gewi, DE / YE; Merrill Gonzales, US; Don and Judi Hall, CA; Diane Mayr, US; Walter Mathois, AT; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Deborah Rachel Ngo, SG ; Tom Painting, US; Marija Andjela Pogorilic, CR; Josip Pogorilic, CR; Russell H. Ragsdale, KZ; Vania Stefanova, BG; Janice Thomson, CA; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR


Shanna Baldwin Moore, US


Featuring the Collaborative Haiga of

Merrill Gonzales and Tom Painting

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May / June 30, 2011 Poem the Picture Contest

Graphic by Diane Wassman, US

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US: Contest Moderator

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. Send your entry to by Midnight, Sunday, June 19, 2011.  The winning poem will be published in the next issue of Sketchbook. Click here to see a full sized image: May / June  30, 2011 Poem This Picture Contest.


Hisajo in the Light of English Haikai Movement by Eiko Yachimoto, JP

Chapter 8:  Read it in the next issue of Sketchbook


Cover Art

Artist, Didi Menendez

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Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Contest News & Announcements

Sketchbook March / April 2011 "Spring's end" Kukai Results

Sketchbook March / April 2011 "flower(s)" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Results of March / April 30, 2011 Poem This Picture - Contest

The Winner is . . . Bernard Gieske, US

The following eleven poets from four countries contributed twelve poems to this contest:

Paticipants: Roberta Beary, US; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO; Bernard Gieske, US; Diane Mayr, US; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Keith A Simmonds, TT; Barbara A. Taylor, AU; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Diane Wassman, US; Neal Whitman, US.

Countries: India, Philippians, Romania, United States


Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook Index




Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Voices Israel Group of Poets Spring workshop, 5 May 2011–05–06

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 April 2011 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing May 2011 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing June 2011 Newsletter


Global Woman's Views

Haiga Tanrenga

Heike Gewi, DE / YE and Walter Mathois, AT

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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
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 2011 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.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name

Renhai Editor, Vaughn Seward:

Read the complete submission guidelines


Announcing the May / June 30, 2011 "rainbow" Kukai

The May / June 30, 2011 Kukai is "rainbow"See The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 272. Use the exact word "rainbow"  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

"rainbow" kukai

Submissions: Tuesday, May 01, 2011 – Saturday, June 18, 2011 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Sunday, June 26, 2011, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Thursday, June 30, 2011 Sketchbook 6-3 Results of the May / June 30, 2011 "rainbow" Kukai.

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 anonyminity. 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 'anonymized' 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.


Announcing the May / June 30, 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

The theme of the May / June 30, 2011 haiku thread will be ... "vegetable(s)" of any kind in the northern or southern hemisphere

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: 
May / June 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, June 26, 2011


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at The May / June 30, 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, June 30, 2011 Sketchbook.










Sketchbook Special Features

March / April 30, 2011 Sketchbook Vol. 6, No. 2


Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook Poets

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's Beat

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: Karin Anderson, AU; Bernard Gieske, US; Celine Rose Mariotti, US; Diane Mayr, US; Peter Newell, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Alex Serban, RO

Little Black Book: Bernard Gieske, US

Sketchbook Index for March / April 30, 2011

Announcements Index

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  SketchbFook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information

Eastern Genre

Haigay: Unfinished Sweater: Betty Kaplan, US; Max Verhart, NL and Marlene Buitelaar, NL

Haiku: Ramesh Anand, MY; Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO; Ignatius Fay, CA; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Karen O'Leary, US; Marion Alice Poirier, US; Vera Primorac, CR

Kyoka: Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Renhai: Gillena Cox, TT; Jerry McKenzie, CA; Vaughn Seward, CA; Janice Thomson, CA

Four Yotsumono Renku: Rohini Gupta, IN and Tomislav Maretić, CR

Senryu: Al Fogel, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Chen-ou Liu, CA

Tanka, Tanka Prose, and Taiga: Philip Hackett, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Thomas Martin, US; Diane Mayr, US; Sunil Uniyal, IN

Western Genre

Acrostic: Stella Armour, UK

Atom Poems: Neal Whitman, US

Cinquain: Dan Hardison, US; Karen O'Leary, US

Etheree: Bernard Gieske, US

Experimental Verse: Septimal: Brian Strand

Fibonacci: Sandra Martyres, IN

Free Verse: Ada Aharoni, IL; Paul Curtiss, US; Joseph Farley, US; Philip Hacket, US; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Elizabeth Howard, US; Michael Lee Johnson, US; Evica Kraljic, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Martin Lochner, ZA; Joe Massingham, AU; Janice Thomson, CA; Juliet Wilson, UK; F. N. Wright, US

Pantoum: Munia Khan, BG

Quatrain: Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

Short Shorts: Denis Emorine, FR

Villanelle: Karin Anderson, AU; Munia Khan, BG; Sandra Martyres, IN

Waltz Wave: Sandra Martyres, IN


Help for Japan

from Gabi Greve, JP

 Japan - after the BIG earthquake.

Click above link to send donations


Help for Japan

Earthquake Victims

Please place an order for your copy of wind arrow 2 and we will donate the proceeds we receive by selling Wind Arrow 2 .

~Eiko Yachimoto editor,
wind arrow 2: Click here for details to send donations


Featuring Collaborative Haiga

Norman Darlington, IR and Pris Campbell, US


Featuring Ekphrastic Poetry

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Dorsimbra: Love's Compromise

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Fibonacci Palindrome: Autumnal Light & Sound

Karin Anderson, AU and Andrea PedurEkphrastic Free Verse: Secret Feelings

Karin Anderson, AUEkphrastic Villanelle: Strawberry Fair

Bernard Gieske, US and Jeff Faust, US—Ekphrastic Poem: A Brief Moment

Bernard Gieske, US and Mian Situ, CHEkphrastic Poetry: The Innocent

Bernard Gieske, US and Scott Tallman Powers, USEkphrastic Poem: The Woodcarver's Daughter

Bernard Gieske, US and Jeremy Lipking, US: Ekphrastic Double Etheree: Skyler at Five

Iolanda Scripca, USEkphrastic Epulaeryu: Tooty Fruity Creme Brulee



Read Let US Pray

Five Poets from one Country Participated

Mark Dohle, US; Joseph Farley, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Richard Ilnicki, US; Sunney Poyner, US


Featured Art Photography

Photo Art Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Art Feature

Art Gallery

by Norman J. Olson


Experimental Poetry


Brian Strand


Contributing Editor Doug Holder

Take a Walk


Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev

Interview and Poems of Ada Aharoni, IL


Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers

The Poetry Victims—Vol. 8, Issue 2

Featuring Photography by Sarah Herrington; Poetry by Lyn Lifshin and
J.A. Spahr-Summers; collaborative Photography by Nicole Turiano and ZZ

Read ZZ Baggins—Not Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary


 Photography by Nicole Turiano and ZZ Baggins


Enter the Book Fair

March / April 30, 2011 Featured Books Information

P. K. Padhy, IN; Lyn Lifshin, US; Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; Karen O'Leary, US

Book Fair: All Featured Book List


March / April 30, 2011 "Spring's end" Kukai Results

    First Place: Sanjukta Asopa, IN

    Second Place: John McDonald, UK (Scotland)

    Third Place: Ignatius Fay, CA

Twenty-two haiku poets from ten countries contributed fifty-six haiku to the "Spring's end" Kukai

Read the "Spring's end" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the March / April 30, 2011 "Spring's end" Kukai winners:


Authors: Sanjukta Asopa, IN; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; Amitava Chakrabarty, IN; Bill Cooper, US; John Daleiden, US: Nelly Dobrinova, BG; Ignatius Fay, CA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Munia Khan, IN; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Alex Serban, RO; Marinela Serban, RO; Keith A Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BGT; Brian Strand, UK; Juhani Tikkanen, FN; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Neal Whitman, US

Countries: Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, India, Netherlands, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States


Editor's Choice "flower(s)" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices ~

John's Choices ~ Let The Force Be With You

Guest Editor: Bernard Gieske ~ ...Some Unexpected Results

The "flower(s) Haiku Thread Choices will be Posted Sunday, May 15, 2011

Read the March / April 30, 2011 "flower(s)"  Haiku Thread

Thirty Poets from thirteen  countries wrote one hundred-eighty poems for the "flower(s)" Haiku Thread.

Participants:  Stella Armour, UK; Karin Anderson, AU; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN;   Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brower, NL; Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO;  John Daleiden, US; Nelly Dobrinova, BG;  Ignatius Fay, CA; Alegria Imperial, CA; Bernard Gieske, US;  Cara Holman, US; Marleen Hulst, NL; Ramona Linke, DE; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO;  Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Marija Pogorilić, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmons, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Janice Thomson, CA; Juhani Tikkanen, FN; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Sunil Uniyal, IN; Neal Whitman, US; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries:  Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Netherlands, Philippians, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, United Kingdom


From the Editor's Chair


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






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