Cover Art




Featured Haiga

Emily Romano, US

Click here for a full sized image


John Daleiden, US; Rita Odeh, IL; Patricia Lidia, RO; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Hrisi Udrescu, RO, Jadran Zalokar


Cover Art

Emily Romano, US ~ from Art Gallery II

Click for full sized image


Contest News: Results & Announcements

Sketchbook Mar / Apr 2012 "swing" Kukai Results

Sketchbook Mar / Apr 2012 "pond life" Haiku Thread

Sketchbook Mar / Apr 2012 SHH Contest No. 2 Results ~ Spring
Karina Klesko

Sketchbook Mar / Apr 2012 Poem This Picture - Contest Results

The Winners are...

  1st Place  Sandra Martyres, IN

  2nd Place  Evica Kraljić, CR

 3rd Place  Catherine J.S. Lee, US

The following twenty-four poets from ten countries contributed twenty-five poems to this contest.

Paticipants:  Pris Campbell, US; Cezar F. Ciobîcă, RO; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Daniel de Cullá; Bernard Gieske, US; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Evica Kraljić, CR; Štefanija Ludvig, Croatia; Sandra Martyres, IN; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Tonka Lovric, CR; Joan McNerney, US; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Rita Odeh, IL; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Croatia; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Diana Teneva, BG; Saša Važić, Serbia

Countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, Israel, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

May / June 30, 2012 Poem the Picture Contest

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

Write a poem in any form for this Picture. is the place to send your entry by Midnight, Saturday, June 23, 2012. The winning poem will be featured in the next issue of Sketchbook along with all entries. Click here to see a full sized image: May / June 30, 2012 Poem This Picture Contest.



Use Bable Fish to view Sketchbook in another language


Global Correspondents

Connecting to Israel

Spring Again

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 May 2012 Newsletter

Cyclamens and Swords June 2012 Newsletter




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
Martin Lochner, ZA
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 2012 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; Read the complete submission guidelines

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


Announcing the May / June 30, 2012 "cloud" Kukai

The May / June 30, 2012 Kukai is "cloud peaks" / "billowing clouds" (kumo no mine) ~ Astronomy.  See The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 272. Use the exact words "cloud peaks" or "billowing clouds" 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

Subject: cloud kukai

Submissions: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 – Monday June 18, 2012 Midnight.
Voting: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Monday, June 25, 2012 Midnight.

The results will be published in the Saturday, June 30, 2012 Sketchbook 7-3 ~ 42 "cloud" Kukai results.

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 anonymity. 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 anonymous 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.

Index to past Kukai: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current


Announcing the May / June 30, 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread

The theme of the May / June 30, 2012 haiku thread will be anything to do with "wedding / bride" in the northern or southern hemisphere. It is not necessary to use the words "wedding or bride" but the concept must be obvious.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: May / June 30, 2012 "wedding / bride"
Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, June 24, 2012


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at  May / June 30, 2012 "wedding / bride" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Sunday, June 30, 2012 Sketchbook.

Index to past Haiku Threads: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current










Sketchbook Special Features

March / April 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 2 ~ Issue 41

Poetry Genres

Featuring Sketchbook PoetsMarch / April 30, 2012 Sketchbook Vol. 7, No. 2 ~ Issue 41

Featuring Sketchbook II Poets: Shanna's BeatChristopher Barnes, UK; Tracy McPherson, US; Shanna Baldwin Moore, US; Joyce Watkins, US; A. D. Winans

Featuring childwriter's sketchbook Poets: March / April 30, 2012 ~ Vol. 5, No. 2: Issue 17—Karin Anderson, AU; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Emily Romano, US

Featuring Little Black Book: March / April 30, 2012 ~ Vol. 6, No. 1—Karin Anderson, AU; John Daleiden, US; Munia Khan, BD; Norman J. Olson, US

Sketchbook Index for March / April 30, 2012: 41

Sketchbook Announcements Index for March / April 30, 2012: 41

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies

State Poet Laureate Information; United States Poets Laureate

Eastern Genre

Haiku: Jax Aemilias, UK; Vassilis Comporozos, GR; Robert Davey, UK; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Jay Friedenberg, US; Peggy Heinrich, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Vania Stefanova, BG; Rachel Sutcliffe, US; Joanna M. Weston

Renhai: Gellina Cox, TT;  John Daleiden, US; Rita Odeh, IL; Vaughn Seward, CA

Tanka and Tanka Prose: Vassilis Comporozos, GR; Elizabeth Howard, US; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Emily Romano, US; Charles D. Tarlton, US

Western Genre

Acrostic: Craig W. Steele, US

Cinquain: Bob Lucky, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Craig W. Steele, US

Concrete Poetry: Munia Khan, BD

Couplets: Munia Khan, BD

Ekphrastic: Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; Connie Bransilver, US Photographer; John Daleiden, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Bernard Mocanu, RO; Iolanda Scripca, US

Experimental Forms: Gillena Cox, TT; Brian Strand, UK

Essays: Norman J. Olson, US

Fibonacci: John Daleiden, US; Karen O'Leary, US

The Fold: Gillena Cox, TT

Found Poem: Bernard Gieske, US; Neal Whitman, US

Free Verse: Helen Bar-Lev, IL; Danica Bartulovic, CR; Mark Dohle, US; Joseph Farley, US; Jenny Fraser, NZ; Jan Oskar Hansen, PT; Elizabeth Howard, US; Breindel Lieba Kasher, IL; Tracy McPherson, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Kenneth Salzmann, IL; Sunil Uniyal, IN: Translator; Joyce Watkins, US

Monostich: Andrea Cecon, IT; Chen-ou Liu, CA

Pirouette Poem: Sandra Martyres, IN

Pleiades Poems: Stella Armour, UK

Rondeau: Karin Anderson, AU; John Daleiden, US

Rictameter Poems: Stella Armour, UK; John Daleiden, US

Sonnet Style Poem: Sandra Martyres, IN

Villanelle: John Daleiden, US; Norman J. Olson, US

Yugen: John Daleiden, US; Vania Stefanova, BG





Read Let US Pray

Participants in the March / April 30, 2012  Let Us Pray Feature

Thirteen poets from five countries are Featured in Let Us Pray

Participants: Stella Armour, UK; Danica Bartulović, CR; Bernard Gieske, US; Elizabeth Howard, US; Tonka Lovric, CR; Stefanija Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Karen Cristian Mocanu, RO; O'Leary, US; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Vera Primorac, CR; Brian Strand, UK; Suinil Uniyal, IN

Countries: Croatia, India, Romania, United Kingdom, United States

Let Us Pray Invitation


Art Feature

Art Gallery II

by Emily Romano, US



Featured Art Photography

Art Photo Gallery

by Iolanda Scripca, US


Experimental Poetry Forms

Gillena Cox, TT; Brian Strand, UK


Contributing Editor Doug Holder


Review of The Collected Poems of Jared Smith


Contributing Editor Helen Bar-Lev


Contributing Editor Jeff Sphar-Summers

The Poetry VictimsVol. 8, Issue 4

Contributing Editor, Jeff Spahr-Summers, aka ZZBaggins features Poetry and Art by Heather Lenz, J.A. Spahr-Summers, and Cindy Stell, Sandhya Tiwari, Sarah Martin, Marcie Riel.

Read ZZ BagginsNot Quite so Personal and Irregular Diary




Free to enter Kids-Count-For-Earthday-Haiku Webfest

The 2012 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Webfest is in association with The Haiku Society of America; With Words (UK); Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms (USA); and Planetpals (Worldwide). Partnering together with the planet to bring positive messages about your world.

Read all the details here!


January / February 2012
"swing" Kukai Results

    First Place: Bernard Giekske, US

    Second Place: Vania Stefanova, BG

    Third Place: Ramesh Ananad, MY

Read the "swing" Kukai Results

Congratulations to the "swing" Kukai winners.

Forty-nine haijin from fourteen countries contributed one hundred-thirty haiku to this Kukai.

Ramesh Anand, MY Malaysia ; Ashi, DK; D; Johnny Baransky, US; Danica Bartulović, CR; Abraham Freddy Ben-Arroyo, IL; Ralf Bröker, DE;S.E. Buffington, US; Pris Campbell, US; John Daleiden, US; Cynthia Carlson; Floyd Cheung, US; Cezar Ciobîcă, RO; Carlos Colon; Magdalena Dale, RO; Tracy Davidson, UK; Robert Davey, UK; Daniel de Culla, ES US; Angele Ellis, US; Terri L. French, US; Bernard Gieske, US; Judith Gorgone, US; Michele L. Harvey, US; Hubert Edgar Hix, US; Linda Hofke, DE; Cara Holman, US; Vladislav Hristov, BG; Alegria Imperial, CA;Harvey Jenkins, CA; Anisoara Jordache, RO; Robert Kania, PL; Yamadori Komodori, US; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Tomislav Maretić CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Cristian Mocanu, RO; Susan Murata, US; Rita Odeh, IL; Stella Pierides, DE / UK; Valli Poole, AU; Maria Santomauro, US; Alex Serban, RO; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Brian Strand, UK; Vania Stefanova, BG; Diana Teneva, BG; Sasa Vazic, RS; Chrtine L. Ville, US


Editor's Choice "pond life" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices ~ Check Back!

John's Choices ~ Pond Sights, Sounds and Seasons

Guest Bernard Gieske's Choices ~
Night and Day – What A Difference they Make

Read the January / February 2012 "pond life"  Haiku Thread

Forty-five poets from fifteen countries have contributed two hundred eighty-eight haiku to the March / April 30, 2012 "pond life" Haiku Thread

Participants: Jax Aemilias, UK; Ramesh Anand, MY; Karin Anderson, AU; Stella Armour, UK; Danica Bartulović, CR; Margaret Beverland, NZ; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Ralf Bröker, DE; John Byrne, Ireland; Patricia Carragon, US; Cezar F. Ciobîcă, RO; Marion Clarke, IE; John Daleiden, US; Robert Davey, UK;Tracy Davidson, UK; Smajil Durmiševic, BA; Bernard Gieske, US; Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA; Anisoara Iordache, RO; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Evica Kraljić, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tonka Lovric, CR; Stefanija Ludvig, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Tomislav Maretic, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN; Malvina Mileta, CR; Karen O'Leary, US; Pravat Kumar Padhy, IN; Asim Kumar Paul, IN; Marija Pogorilić, CR;  Vera Primorac, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, CR; Alex Serban, RO; Radhey Shiam, IN; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Diana Teneva, BG; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Angie Werren, US; Neal Whitman, US

Countries:  Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago,  United Kingdom, United States


From the Editor's Chairs


Karina Klesko, US and John Daleiden, US






to the top







Copyright © 2006-2012 Sketchbook and  All rights reserved.