Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Three Rapunzel Poems

Hat tip to Jaime for these:

"Rapunzel's Mother" by Carolyn Williams-Noren

"Rapunzel" by Rosemary Dun

"Rapunzel" by Arlene Ang

"An Atypical Reaction to the Death of the Sun and the Moon" by Mikal Trimm

Read: "An Atypical Reaction to the Death of the Sun and the Moon"

this is the shag-time, the leading edge
of oblivion, baby, I'm
not just making this up, tomorrow
we'll all be gone, dead
as karma and electricity, dead ...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Alchemical Post-Its:
A Primer on Fantastic Poetry

Read Robert Frazier's article "Alchemical Post-Its: A Primer on Fantastic Poetry"

You can point toward the Odyssey and Tennyson and Blake and Poe and any number of precedents, but for all intents and purposes, science fiction poetry existed in a dormant state until the latter Sixties, when poetry began regular appearances in science fiction publications on both sides of the Atlantic. To cite two of several high profile examples, poems were consistently collected in the Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction anthologies and New Worlds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Winter Issue of AMAZE: The Cinquain Journal

Cinqains are cool. If you're not familiar with them, head over to read the winter edition of AMAZE.

I particularly enjoyed Zhanna P. Rader's two.

These aren't speculative or Christian, really, but they're still fun.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Karen A Romanko's "Rooms"

DKA has published "Rooms" by Karen A. Romanko.

Spacers work to save a dying world. What will happen to those who must stay behind?

Here's the first stanza:

As our world prepared to die,
spacers on five-masted schooners
worked to save its mementos--us--
for transport to a promised land

She connects the science fictional with the spiritual in the closing stanza, and does it nicely, too. A conclusion full of hope and welcome.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Scifaiku Manifesto

A fun manisfesto to read, instructive and concise, graced with examples. If you've never read or written scifaihu, why not delve into this web page first:

While SciFaiku is open to experimentation and flexible in using the rules of its form, it nevertheless draws its inspiration from haiku. As with haiku, a poet strives to convey a sense of immediacy -- to capture a moment, to make readers feel that they are part of a scene. This immediacy might be obtained, for instance, by incorporating words that strike directly at the senses -- sounds, smells, visions... In striving for directness of expression, SciFaiku avoids abstract concepts and metaphors and describes rather than philosophizes. Leave the implications to the reader's imagination:

Digging up an ancient city,
finding the print
of a tennis shoe.

On Speculative Poetry

Grasping speculative poetry seems to be a matter of what you read during your formative years; to me the idea of "speculative poetry" as a description of something distinct (or to continue my analogy, with a different taste) from "regular" poetry seems as obvious as daylight and shadow; to folks who haven't encountered the flavor before the idea can result in a blank stare. They're not at all familiar with applying the concept of world-building to poetry.
--from The Plasteel Spider Factory

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"Moonology" by Albert Goldbarth


We think we see the "face" of the moon,
there isn't any culture's folklore
that says otherwise; but what if it faces
the other direction, mouthing something
dark to our understanding, against
its dark place on the night? The voice
in the belly. The sting in the conscience.

Read the entire poem at The Georgia Review.


If you don't have your copies of THE ALCHEMY OF STARS or THE RHYSLING 2006 ANTHOLOGY, drop by, read my review at, and get your copies.

You may also purchase RHYSLING 2006 and THE ALCHEMY OF STARS from the SFPA. I'm sure it helps support this excellent organization.

And if you have these two wonderful books, please post a review. Mine are the lone reviews there, so far.

New Poetry Today over at TSR and DKA

Visit Sword Review for David Kopaska-Merkel's "Dreams of Starlight", which opens with:

As the ship moved, or its frame of reference altered,
as the distance from here to here grew long,
the gaps in conversations grew like vines that strangle buildings.
She had no events to tell, while homebody he
had graduations, births, deaths, achievements and disasters.
Then the big disaster

Mr. Kopaska-Merkel edits DREAMS & NIGHTMARES, a long-running magazine of fantastic poetry.

Then drop by DKA for R.L. Copple's "Dimensional Shifts":

Dimensional travel at your fingertips,
Folding reality upon itself.
Live a cardboard life,
Or find Nirvana in pointlessness.

Read all of both. Enjoy.