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Topics - John McManus

Journal Announcements / Frozen Butterfly, Issue 4
February 01, 2016, 10:45:34 AM
The submission window for the 4th issue of Frozen Butterfly is now open.

Please send up to three of your unpublished haiku to

All styles of haiku, even experimental haiku are welcome.

Haiku should be placed within the body of your submission. Attachments will not be opened, and please remember to include your name and place of residence.

Wherever and whenever a poem is republished, Frozen Butterfly must be cited as the place of first publication.

Please feel free to share this submissions call on your social media pages, any other forums you may belong to and don't forget to tell all of your haiku friends. I look forward to reading your poems.

John McManus, Editor and Founder.
Journal Announcements / Frozen Butterfly, Issue 3.
October 25, 2015, 08:45:56 AM
The latest issue of Frozen Butterfly has been released. Please check it out and remember to tell all your friends about it!

Journal Announcements / Frozen Butterfly, Issue 2
April 16, 2015, 05:20:10 PM
The second issue of Frozen Butterfly is now available to watch via YouTube. Here is a link . . .

I hope you all enjoy it!

John McManus
Journal Announcements / Frozen Butterfly, issue 1
October 01, 2014, 06:26:05 PM
The first issue of Frozen Butterfly has been released.

Journal Announcements / Frozen Butterfly
August 01, 2014, 03:19:37 PM
ANNOUNCEMENT: Frozen Butterfly is an English-Language haiku journal that aims to showcase a broad range of styles and approaches to English-Language haiku. This is going to be a biannual video journal, which will be available to view via YouTube.


The submission window for the first issue of Frozen Butterfly is now open and will remain open until the 1st of September. All styles of English-Language haiku will be considered for publication. I am looking to showcase a number of different approaches to English-Language haiku composition. This will play an integral part in the selection process, so make sure that you take that into account when choosing what to submit to Frozen Butterfly.

Submission: Send up to three unpublished haiku in the body of an email along with your name and place of residence as you wish them to appear in the journal to Your submission must be identified as 'FB SUBMISSION'. Only send one submission during each submission window.

Payments: Unfortunately there is no payment at this time for contributors. The ability to pay contributors will be regularly assessed.

Rights: Upon publication, rights revert to the author except that Frozen Butterfly reserves the right to republish work that has appeared in the journal, with proper citation, in any future print or electronic collections, compendiums, or anthologies. If any author wishes to republish their work, Frozen Butterfly requests the courtesy of being acknowledged as the first place of publication with proper citation.

Schedule: Frozen Butterfly is a biannual publication. It will be published on the 1st of October and the 1st of April. Submissions can be sent from the 1st of August until the 1st of September, and from the 1st of February until the 1st of March. Any submissions sent outside of these windows will be returned unread.

Author obligations: If you have work accepted for Frozen Butterfly you will be required to provide a photo of yourself and two voice recordings in a WAV or MP3 format. The first voice recording should be a single reading of your poem performed by yourself; the second should be a simple statement of your name and place of residence. These photos and recordings will appear alongside your haiku in the journal.

Editorial declaration: If you choose to send your work to Frozen Butterfly, it is assumed that you have read and understood all of the above, and that you are able and willing to fulfil your obligations as a contributor.


Please share this news on your Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter and with all your haiku friends!

John McManus
Other Haiku News / Daily Haiku
October 21, 2012, 08:55:56 AM
My first week of haiku on the daily haiku website started today. Here's the link . . .

Sea Shell Game / Sea Shell Game 5
August 03, 2012, 08:24:12 AM
Here is a brand new Seashell game. I hope the following poems will spark a good bit of conversation, please do chime in with your thoughts and preferences.

under the clouds of imaginary numbers
fighting silently
against a monster

Ban'ya Natsuishi. Translated by Ban'ya Natsusihi and Jim Kacian.

under the nitrogen blue sky
the white horse
of my life

Patrick Sweeney
Other Haiku News / Warning!
June 23, 2012, 04:36:09 PM
Hi everyone, if anyone has had any emails from me in the past couple of days then do not open the attatchments in those messages. I have had my account hacked. I have changed my address and hopefully the hackers won't get back in, but I thought I'd just give everyone a heads up.

Journal Announcements / AHG announcement
June 12, 2012, 10:43:40 AM
A Hundred Gourds : Wanted, a Webmaster

The on-line journal A Hundred Gourds (AHG) is in need of a webmaster, preferably someone with an interest in haiku and related poetry. The position, as all other positions related to the AHG journal, is a voluntary one, so the compensations are not monetary but rather those that come with working with a dedicated team to produce a high quality journal that serves the world-wide English-language 'haiku & related' community.

A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal, is published on the first day of March, June, September and December. The AHG webmaster receives the completed sections, one from each editor, six weeks in advance of publication date, with the exception of book reviews for the 'expositions' section and the traditional haiga for the 'haiku' section, which webmaster may receive up to three weeks before publication date. Features, a separate category, may be received up to four weeks before publication date. The final two weeks before publication are reserved for proof reading of the completed sections and any resulting necessary corrections to text or format before the issue is made available to the public.

The AHG website is presently set up using Dreamweaver software templates; however, the new webmaster need not use Dreamweaver to format the journal.  Ray Rasmussen is willing to act in a supporting or 'coaching' role at first to a new webmaster, if need be.

We believe that AHG is a good journal that is needed by the growing haiku community. We look forward to any and all enquiries from potential webmasters, and please circulate this message among your friends.

Please have a look at the current issue of A Hundred Gourds and the two archived issues:

Please address enquiries about the webmaster position to both Ray Rasmussen and Lorin Ford:

Lorin Ford         -<>

Ray Rasmussen - <>


Lorin Ford, haiku editor

for the Management Team
A Hundred Gourds

Sea Shell Game / Sea Shell Game 4
February 01, 2012, 12:55:45 PM
These are two of my favourite haiku so I will be very intrigued to see what you all make of them and ultimately which poem you think is better.

a darkness so deep
I am surrounded
by gold beetles

Paul Pfleuger, Jr.

through eye holes
of a paper mask
I watch the gate closing

Fay Aoyagi
Sea Shell Game / Sea Shell Game 3
December 16, 2011, 04:11:33 PM
Hi everyone, for those of you who have taken part in games 1 and 2 you know what to do. For any newbies that want to join in then please feel free to do so. All you have to do is tell us which poem you prefer and why. I hope you all enjoy these poems.

Monday bleeding down to money

Peter Yovu

a man in a crowd in a man

John Stevenson

Sea Shell Game / Sea Shell game 2
November 06, 2011, 09:47:31 AM
Hi everyone, hopefully everyone will have seen the previous game and know how this works by now. Feel free to join in. Everyone's opinion is valid so please share yours.

the word god being eaten by a field of robins

Scott Metz

say it so it sounds like starling she says

Chris Gordon

Hello everyone, what are your thoughts on the new look?

If you are having any problems please post them here, so we can try to resolve them.

Sea Shell Game / Sea Shell Game 1
October 08, 2011, 08:17:52 AM
I hope the following two haiku bring as much for you to ponder as they have me. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them and which you think is the stronger poem of the two.


Peggy Willis Lyles

wild roses
tarrying beside one
touched by time

Robert Spiess

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Sex
June 02, 2011, 09:57:08 PM
Well, now I have your attention here is my questions.

Does sex matter when it comes to reading haiku? By sex I am reffering to gender, if you saw a annonymous haiku, would you be able to tell if it is written by a man or a woman?

When you read a haiku and then see the name beneath does knowing the author's gender create more resonance or help you connect better with the poem?

I know alot of people will know this haiku, but I feel that if I hadn't seen the name of the author and be able to assign gender. I would still think it was a woman who had written it.

day moon
the dish rag
wearing thin

Lorin Ford

How about this one, again people might already be aware of it, due to the high profile of the author but for me knowing the author is a woman adds a resonance to this.

strawberry moon
all night something huge
romps in the attic

Carolyn Hall   

I look forward to hearing all your thougths.

warm regards,
Hi everyone, does anyone feel that when they are writing haiku they find themselves taking the safe approach for fear of being told you're not playing by the rules or you simply don't think others will get it?

I know there are alot of different schools and styles of haiku, but how many of us actively try our hand at trying styles we are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with?

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