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HWA Poetry Showcase now on Kindle

Posted on 2014.07.11 at 16:47
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I am very pleased to announce that the HWA’s first-ever book of poetry is now available on Kindle!

The HWA Poetry Showcase Volume I includes four Featured Poems (chosen to celebrate National Poetry Month this spring) and 34 additional dark poems which were submitted for the Showcase.

This collection is edited by Peter Adam Salomon. The distinctively weird (in the best way!) full-color cover is by Marge Simon. This volume also has a linked index, so that readers can click through directly to favorite poems.

Find all the gory details – including a glimpse at the TOC -- here.

Truth in LJing: yes, one of the Featured Poems is my dark archaeology sonnet, “To the Next Priest.”

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Pedestal # 74 is up (with a spec poem by me)

Posted on 2014.06.23 at 15:20
I am very happy to announce that my slipstream / spec poem, “Fire Language,” has just gone up as part of The Pedestal Magazine’s Issue 74. This is a special Speculative Poetry issue, edited by Bruce Boston & Marge Simon.

Poets for this issue include Robert Borski, Wendy Rathbone, Michael Canfield, Alan Catlin, Bryan Dietrich, Jonel Abellanosa, Lee Ballentine, Soonest I. Nathaniel, Chad Hensley, John W. Sexton, Lisa Lepovetsky, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Trent Walters, Jocko Benoit, & Yours Truly.

Please find “Fire Language” here.

Part II of the HWA Inaugural Horror Poetry Showcase is up now! (Actually, it’s been up for a few days, but that’s more than could be said for my modem.)

The last two Featured Poems for this Showcase are ‘His Collection” by Valerie Grice, & “To the Next Priest” by Yours Truly.

Check them out here.

An electronic chapbook with many of the submissions for this Showcase will be offered later by the HWA. I’ll post full information when it’s available.

The Horror Writers Association's Inaugural Horror Poetry Showcase selection is over, and four poems have been chosen. One Featured Poet will be announced each week on the Showcase, here.

The first two (yes, two!) poems this week are:

“Monster, Me” by Stephanie Wytovich

“Instincto” by Robert Borski

Even if poetry isn’t your usual poison (even after National Poetry Month? For shame!) both of these are chilling little narratives well worth checking out. I particularly enjoyed the pitch-black humor of “Instincto,” but YMMV.

Looking for a good way to wind up National Poetry Month?

Check out the Amazing Stories site for Diane Severson’sdivadiane1transition” review of Mythic Delirium, a 15 year old spec poetry standard (in print) now heading for a new life as an online ‘zine.

Diane reviews its last print issue -- #30 – which offers a retrospective sample of the poetry published in previous issues. Several of the poets included supply notes on their poems and/or their feelings about the long history of Mythic Delirium.

Also included are audios of poems by Shira Lipkin, Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Amal El-Mohtar, Gary Every, Theodora Goss, Jennifer Crow, Joshua Gage, & Yours Truly.

I’m extremely happy with Diane’s rendition of “Lost Over East Texas,” my commemoration of space shuttle Columbia.

Find this review, TOC of issue #30, & links to the audio poems here.

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my Goodreads review: Demonstra

Posted on 2014.04.28 at 15:17
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DemonstraDemonstra by Bryan Thao Worra

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of the most remarkable – and, at times, the most frustrating – speculative poetry collections I’ve read in a long time.

Bryan Thao Worra’s Laotian-American view of the Lovecraft Mythos, Japanese monster movies, American pop culture in general, and the mythologies of several other cultures makes for a heady reading experience. The poems themselves (mostly free verse) are well-crafted and diverse, with a few more mainstream offerings among the speculative ones. The poet’s voice is sure and experienced, with a strong love of story.

My frustration came when I tried to understand these poems more completely, rather than being swept away by that story-telling and imagery. Although this collection offers two very useful appendices, I was still getting lost in the richness of the Lao language/cultural references. Many readers might benefit from a few actual footnotes, and “A Lao American Bestiary” could be expanded considerably with no loss of interest.

Speculative poetry enthusiasts looking to widen their worldview will find Demonstra well worth acquiring.

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It’s still National Poetry Month – but are you starting to crave something a little different? More speculative?

Speculative poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird, or simply unclassifiable) is widely available online for your reading pleasure. Here are a few links to get you started:

Science Fiction Poetry Association

A one-stop source of information on all things poetical & SFnal (fantasy & horror, too!). In addition to their print journal, Star*Line, the SFPA offers a free online journal, Eye to the Telescope. The current themed issue is “Mundane Speculative Poetry” – though it’s anything but mundane.

Another great source for information on SF poetry in particular is Diane Severson’s divadiane1 speculative poetry review blog on the Amazing Stories site. This month, she’s offering a Poetry Round-up, with several links of interest – and comments -- to anyone seeking to broaden their poetry reading habits.

If your taste runs a little more to the dark side, the Horror Writers Association site offers a monthly poetry column, which is available to all.

The HWA is also reading now for their first-ever Poetry Showcase! Again, you do not need to be an HWA member to submit work. The submissions deadline is April 30.

Just in time for National Poetry Month (or at least the midpoint of it), the Science Fiction Poetry Association's online journal Eye to the Telescope is up with a new issue. This time, the theme is Mundane Speculative Poetry (i.e., no starflight, no aliens, nothing but the Earth & little old us).

Guest-edited by Roger Dutcher (editor of the long-running Magazine of Speculative Poetry), this issue includes:

A Performance of The Planets • John Grey
Ghazal • Joshua Gage
Silly Comets • Geoffrey A. Landis
These Final Skies • Ann K. Schwader
Milky Way • Sierra July
Idiolect • P. S. Cottier
Lassoing the Sun • John C. Mannone
Lacus Mortis • Lee Clarke Zumpe
Troubleshooting the Sun • Carol Lynn Grellas
Mars • F. J. Bergmann

For more information on Mundane Science Fiction, check out the Mundane Manifesto here.

In the United States, April is National Poetry Month. Are YOU ready?

Thought so.

If you’d like to change that situation, here are a few helpful links:

National Poetry Month -- & how to get a free poster!

National Poetry Month FAQ

Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets
(sends you a new poem each day to your inbox)

Poetry Daily
(posts a new poem each day)

Poets’ Pick feature from Poetry Daily
(sends you a new poem with commentary each day M-F in April)

Per Diem: daily haiku from The Haiku Foundation
(posts a new haiku each day, plus haiku news)

tinywords: haiku & other small poems
(sign up for a new micropoem in your inbox each day)

If your reading taste diverges from the mainstream -- & you're not alone! -- don't despair. I'll be posting links to several speculative poetry sites a bit later on.

I am very happy to report that the HWA web site’s poetry area (open to all, not just HWA members) is once more offering new food for dark thought!

Now edited by Peter Adam Salomon, it has posted new columns for February & March.

February’s column focuses on Women in Horror Month, with poems of dark love by Terrie Leigh Relf, Marge Simon, & Linda Addison. It also includes a sample of the editor’s own work.

March offers a highly informative article on “Found Poetry” by Terrie Leigh Relf, and also announces the first-ever HWA Horror Poetry Showcase. This project is being done to celebrate National Poetry Month in April. It’s open to all poets.

For more information, please check here. Submissions will be accepted from April 1-30.

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