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Messages - John McManus

Glad to know you got in, Rich. I've heard from Bones, and am pleased to say I'll be in there alongside you and Alan's student! 😎😎

Alan, it's a great journal, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that!
No problem, Rich. It can be a frustrating wait on news sometimes, but the vast majority of the time all you need is a bit of patience. I've never had any issues with either journal responding to submissions in the past.
Hi Rich, I'm also waiting to hear back from Bones and Tinywords. I know that Tinywords have been in contact with some poets that have submitted, but they obviously have responded to everyone yet. I'd say have a little faith and patience. Both journals are very professional and have a good track record. I'm sure they'll be in touch soon.
No, poems posted in private workshops are classed as unpublished as they are not viewable from a simple google search which means that they are not in the public domain from a publishing point of view. You're safe to send any of your work that you've shared on this or any other forum to THN or Frogpond.
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Please send up to three of your unpublished haiku to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
Well done, Sergio.

I've not had a chance to read the whole issue, but it looks very promising from the few pages I have had time to read.

Journal Announcements / Re: Frozen Butterfly, issue 1
October 02, 2014, 03:47:10 PM
Thank you, Sergio.

As you will know a journal is only as good as the material which it is sent. I was very fortunate to be sent so many poems from so many wonderful poets.

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
nest in a pine tree
abandoned half-way complete--
so many promises


the promises of God...
she adjusts the IV drip
and turns a page


paper cut
I kiss the finger holding
The Wasp Factory

i.m. Iain Banks

Alan Summers

factory floor
a spider and a machine
join forces

John McManus
Hi Bob, it depends on your reason for the punctuation.

If I want to indicate a quick cut then I use an emdash, and if I am wanting to slow the reader down, increasing the pause between the two parts of the poem I tend to go with the ellipses.

I hope this helps.


An excellent topic, Alan!

I have always been fond of this one by Gary Eaton . . .

behind the 8 ball
a lawyer who knows
all the angles

There is wordplay here, but it is in no way a simple pun. The wordplay offers two ways of reading this poem. Either the lawyer is a highly skilled pool player or he knows all the legal loopholes and shortcuts one may need if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

The second interpretation is my favourite of the two on offer. The subtle implication of this pool hall being full of people who need the lawyer's advice gives me a real sense of what sort of place it is and creates a fairly vivid picture in my head of the type of people who frequent it.

That was wonderful, Alan.

Thank you for sharing.

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