Monday, January 22, 2007

"Return to the Mutant Rain Forest" ONLINE at CHIAROSCURO

Bruce Boston and Robert Frazier's much-honored poem is online. The blurb at Chiaroscuro, where the poem appears, says this:

"Return to the Mutant Rain Forest" won the 1988 Odyssey Poetry Award. It first appeared commercially in Masques III (St. Martin’s, 1989) and was reprinted in Year’s Best Horror Stories XVIII (Daw Books, 1990) and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror III (St. Martin’s, 1990). In 2006, it received First Place in the Locus Online Poetry Poll for "Best All-Time Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror Poem." This is its first appearance online. For more on Frazier and Boston, please visit and

The opening stanza:

Years later we come back to find the fauna and flora
more alien than ever, the landscape unrecognizable,
the course of rivers altered, small opalescent lakes
springing up where before there was only underbrush,
as if the land itself has somehow changed to keep pace
with the metaprotean life forms which now inhabit it.

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