Browsing Archive: July, 2011

Mind your manners

Posted by Fiona Sinclair on Wednesday, July 27, 2011,

In my efforts improve the profile of the magazine I now insist that poets mention us in future publications. I say this because I became aware that a young writer whose work I think I was the first to promote has gone onto better things and mentioned all the known magazines she has been published in but not Message.

I am not bitter as you can tell. It’s like the free cyclers who recently harvested all my lavender while I was out without so much as a ‘Thank you’. Still on a more positiv...


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Bold as Brass

Posted by Fiona Sinclair on Sunday, July 17, 2011,

A poet withdrew a poem from the magazine this week. He was honest enough. It had been taken by another magazine. He had received I suppose a better offer. I remembered outré friends who would do the same with invitations.  I would never be that bold. I like a finely tuned lie. I feel it saves feelings all round.  The ‘other magazine’ implies a more up market periodical, whilst Message is a sort of second division affair.  So I would rather, instead of the blunt sentence of withdrawal, th...


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I let my self down at a poetry slam

Posted by Fiona Sinclair on Sunday, July 10, 2011,

I have just come back form my first poetry slam. I went on my own so was feeling trepidacious.  I was about to ask the bar man where it was when I noticed a number of poet type people disappearing up stairs clutching folders. Since it was too late for a convention, I knew I had come to the right place. The room was surprisingly packed. Though I later learned that the numbers where swelled by the MA in writing group for UKC. 

I sat at the back of the room perched increasingly uncomfortably o...


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I'd like to thank............

Posted by Fiona Sinclair on Tuesday, July 5, 2011,

I need to write a dedication piece for the new collection. It’s difficult who to select.   It now looks like an Oscar winners list of’ Thank You s ‘.  I’ve left out Henry the Airedale although I was sorely tempted.

The acknowledgements page is strange. I confess I had to ask what I was supposed to put there. It now reads as if I am coughing with embarrassment and shuffling my feet.  I think it would  be better if I could be like that large lady who used to appear at the end of early...


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