Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Freebasing the Moon"

Mike Allen is a terrific and wildly imaginative poet, and he doesn't disappoint with his latest offering at STRANGE HORIZONS, which opens thusly:

Seek the pusher in the bands
of shadow cordoning the trees.
Silver glitters in his cratered eyes,
pockets pregnant
with moondust in dimebags.
--Freebasing the Moon
By Mike Allen

"Five Wisdoms of the Snow Queen"

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff lets the Snow Queen drop her icy advice over at Ideomancer with "Five Wisdoms of the Snow Queen"

Opening line:

Never, when you meet a soul mate
tell him so,

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Choosing My Rhysling Faves: Hard!

Well, yesterday, I finally filled out my ballot for the Rhysling Awards, and this morning off it went in the mail.

Choosing short form poems was pretty much a cinch. There had been some I kept going back to reread--always with pleasure--so those were my top three.

Long form was harder. I really had five I loved, and choosing three, and putting those three in order was so hard. Still, there was one that, after multiple rereadings, kept yielding surprises and delight and made me feel things in that really deep place that poetry has a way of slipping into. So, that was number one. The others that didn't wear on me on rereading went to 2 and 3.

I did not vote for my own nominated poem, "Into the Heart." I like it. I think I did a very good job with it. I am proud of it. I like it better every time I read it. I done good.

But when it came down to it, I couldn't say with all honesty it was in MY top three. I suppose some poets will vote for themselves, and that's cool, but I'd have felt like a total dork.

So, best of luck to the nominees, and I hope my choices for number one win. Heh.