Tuesday, December 19, 2006

DKA Contest HM Poem: R. L. Copple's "Black Hole Relationships"

Another of the honorable mention poems from the DKA Poetry Contest is up at Dragons, Knights & Angels.

This poem was nevertheless memorable to me because of one particular word which I couldn't immediately decide whether it was perfect for the subject and possibly brilliant, or ridiculous and out of place.

I ultimately landed in the position that it was fun and offered a precise image... and was assuredly different.

The phrase with the controversial word: inevitability of spaghettification

Read all of "Black Hole Relationships."

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"On the Crest of Victoria Crater"

Anohter of DKA's honorable mention poems from our contest is up, this one winking at us with a sense of humor:

"On the Crest of Victoria Crater" by Deborah P. Kolodji

Sunday, December 10, 2006

WD Poetry Contest Deadline Approaching

In case you're interested in entering the Writer's Digest Poetry Contest, find the particulars of when, what, and how HERE:


First Place: $500

Second Place: $250

Third Place: $100

Fourth Through Tenth Place: $25

Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books.

* The names and poem titles of the First through Tenth-Place winners will be printed in the August 2007 Writer's Digest, and winners will receive the 2007 Poet's Market.

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept entries submitted online.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hat tip to Vicki for the reminder.

Three Views of the Capture of the City
of Bisanthe by Samantha Henderson

Triptych: Three Views of the Capture of the City of Bisanthe

Not a pleasant subject, but beautifully done, and the last lines are unexpected and meaningful.

Very fast becoming one of my fave speculative poets, Samantha is.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Dragons, Knights & Angels: Poetry Contest Winners

John Kuhn's winning poem is up. Here's the first stanza:

Shrouded, wound about in mists as ancient
as Leviathan, hidden as his yawning lair
Atlantis in clouded absinthian waters,
they lie, awaiting splendor’s blade to lay them bare.

Read "Statuary" here.

Malcolm Deeley's wonderful poem "Two Cathedrals" came in second. I really love this one, the mood, the mystery, the allusions. It's a winner with me.

The third place poem, "Transport" by Chris Mikesell, takes familiar, romantic terms that are cliche and makes them new by the literalness imposed by context.

Some of the honorable mention poems are also up at DKA. Drop by.

Margarita Engle's "A Garden In Cuba"

"where tame human voices

fall silent

in the wild presence

of overgrown


Read it here

Poetry For A Good Cause

The Nox Anthology: Dark Poets Against Abuse

Experience the powerful catharsis of Dark Poetry - Live as a committed activist against despair and violence. These things are not incompatible. These pages are a non-commercial effort by a community of poets, who wish to contribute to the work of making safe havens for women and children who are victims of domestic and other violence. In lieu of payment to the creators of this poetry and art, a regular donation is made to C.A.S.A. (Community Action Stops Abuse).


My focus here will be on poetry, and specifically speculative poetry.

If one wants to get even more specific--and why shouldn't one--I might say that Christian speculative poetry is of great interest to me, and I want to highlight it on this blog. Sadly, there isnt' a whole lot of it Christian speculative poetry, so I don't want to limit myself.

It suffices to say poetry is the subject here, and let that beautiful world--poetry--fill this blog's air.

While I tweak and rework and fiddle with colors and headers, please visit a couple of my poems that are available (free) online:

1. My contest-winning speculative poem, "Into The Heart." A stranded spacing crew, and a wild hope that seems very much like madness.

2. My poem "Monument." It's one fantasy answer to the real question, "Why did Lot's wife turn around?"

Feel free to comment and recommend speculative poems you think are good. I'm always looking around for fine reading.