Monday, October 5, 2009

Read A 2009 Rhysling Award Winner Today!

I never got around to posting about the Rhysling Award winners of 2009, but one of my fave SF poets got second place in BOTH categories. Go, Sam! And I apologize for my late congrats.

Make sure to visit the list of winners HERE, read a first place short form poem HERE, and read Sam Henderson's "Spell" (short form) over at Goblin Fruit and her long-form "Hungry: Some Ghost Stores" at Lone Star.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

SF Poetry at MINDFLIGHTS: Issue Two

In the February issue of MindFlights, Joshua Gage's poem of historical fantasy will put a smile on the face of anyone who loves illuminated manuscripts: "The Illuminator."

A taste:

Candles perch like angels
beating back the night
with triumphant wings. The scribe
begins his work. “Formavit”
sprouts leaves beneath his quill,


It's a poem begging to be colorfully illustrated by a fantasy artist.

There Will Be Poetry by Dorine Ratulangie is the second of February offerings at MindFlights. The opening stanza:

There will be poetry
in the skeleton of androids
and the hull of stolen ships
as we flee. Outside
a starsystem
spills its essence in
tenuous trails of gas
dark and barren.


Drop by and read all of it--and the fiction, too.

Speculative Poetry at
MindFlights Magazine: Issue One

January marked the debut of MindFlights Magazine, the new creature that has been formed out of the merger of THE SWORD REVIEW and DRAGONS, KNIGHTS & ANGELS, both DEP magazines that offered science fiction and fantasy with a Christian-friendly worldview.

MindFlights continues that mission: quality SF that, while not necessarily needing to be overtly Christian in content, does need to be Christian-reader friendly (no gratuitous violence, no graphic sexuality, nothing that would qualify as "blasphemous" to a person of devout faith).

The first issue (January 2008) offered this poem by David Siegel Bernstein, Ph.D., entitled "In the Beginning." First stanza follows:


Once upon a time,
there was no time,
or even a
once
without a twice for reference.
There was,
however,
a beginning
and there were the Four
existing as One.



Also featured was "Yucatan" by John Kuhn, where lovely language takes a look at an ancient earthly upheaval. It begins:

Chaste Baptistina, untouched in an age,
Quietly glides past a ruffian’s cage.
Now--too naïve to imagine his mind--
She passes too close, trailing beauty behind.


G.O Clark's "Galaxy in a Matchbox" opens with the gorgeous image of the title:

She keeps a luminous,
spiral galaxy in a common
cardboard matchbox.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Passionplay" by Runolfson and Crow

Drop by Dragons, Knights & Angels as we wind down our last year of operation (and our staff joins with the TSR crew to launch MINDFLIGHTS). We have some excellent poetry coming out for your enjoyment.

Our most recent offering is "Passionplay" by J.C. Runolfson (whose Rhysling-nominated "Advent" was one of my fave SF poems of last year) and Jennifer Crow.

This was an entry in our 2007 poetry contest at DKA, with the inferno/paradiso theme.

The opening lines:

Within the eternal city,
the streets lead to shadowed alcoves,
to open squares filled with light.
The streets lie dappled below the coming storm.

John Kuhn's "Separado" and
other DKA Contest Winners and Poems

Last year, John Kuhn won the first DKA Poetry Contest with "Statuary." This year, he won it with "Separado." One word "S" titles are working for John, as is his fine gift with words.

The theme of the contest this year was inferno and/or paradiso.

Here are the opening lines of "Separado"--which means "separated" or "estranged" in Spanish:

Thirst—
On my tongue
In my tongue
All the way through
My salt pork tongue


Yes, he chose "inferno" as his focus, and it is one with one foot in the gospel of Luke and the other in the science fictional realm that he works through his theme.

Second place went to "Sky Vendor" by Holly Dworken Cooley, which opens thusly:

slowly
as if in a trance
she walks around the village
carrying the sun and the moon
slung at either hip like babies
for sale she says


The three honorable mention placements went to Karen A. Romanko's "Atlantis," C.K. Deatherage's "Black Hole," and Jenny Schwartz's "Paradise."

Please visit and read them all.
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"Satanic, Versus"

Talented Mikal Trimm takes a stab at "black as"...in "Satanic, Versus."

Read it at The Sword Review.

The first stanza:

they say black as night
but night is not black,
its dark vestments pierced
with moth-holes
where the brightness escapes
to burn and burn and burn



It's worth your time to read the rest...

Another Nifty from Samantha H.

Be careful what you pray for

"The Werewolf Prince" by Samantha Henderson is another fine speculative bit of poetry by one of my favorite SF poets.

The last stanza will creep you out.

Read it at The Sword Review.