Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Speculative Poetry at
MindFlights Magazine: Issue One

January marked the debut of MindFlights Magazine, the new creature that has been formed out of the merger of THE SWORD REVIEW and DRAGONS, KNIGHTS & ANGELS, both DEP magazines that offered science fiction and fantasy with a Christian-friendly worldview.

MindFlights continues that mission: quality SF that, while not necessarily needing to be overtly Christian in content, does need to be Christian-reader friendly (no gratuitous violence, no graphic sexuality, nothing that would qualify as "blasphemous" to a person of devout faith).

The first issue (January 2008) offered this poem by David Siegel Bernstein, Ph.D., entitled "In the Beginning." First stanza follows:


Once upon a time,
there was no time,
or even a
once
without a twice for reference.
There was,
however,
a beginning
and there were the Four
existing as One.



Also featured was "Yucatan" by John Kuhn, where lovely language takes a look at an ancient earthly upheaval. It begins:

Chaste Baptistina, untouched in an age,
Quietly glides past a ruffian’s cage.
Now--too naïve to imagine his mind--
She passes too close, trailing beauty behind.


G.O Clark's "Galaxy in a Matchbox" opens with the gorgeous image of the title:

She keeps a luminous,
spiral galaxy in a common
cardboard matchbox.

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