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:

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:

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.

"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.