SF Poetry

SF Poetry is under the management of Scott Green, SF author and poet (See his poetry blog here). Here he posts new poems regularly and discusses ways to use short SF poems educationally.

For Scott's excellent introductory essay concerning SF poetry, click here.

To submit an original poem for consideration, contact Scott Green using his contact form. If possible, include a brief explanation of what educational concepts are addressed and a suggestion of how the poem could be used to teach those concepts.

STAR*LINE 'S EDITOR STEPS DOWN

After nearly two decades Marge Simon is stepping down as editor of STAR*LINE . As editor she introduced dozens of poets to the sf/f/h genres. Dozens of the poems she selected for the magazine were at the very least nominated for the Rhysling and some of them won. Through her work as an editor she deeply influenced and shasped sf/f/h poetry Read more »

A FEW HOLIDAY COMMENTS

Since I noted the demised of MURKY DEPTHS I learned about four other magazines that were paying markets for poetry have folded. On the other hand another dead market,ABANDONED TOWERS . I bring this up for this reason. Read more »

A BRIEF OBITUARY

I am sad to hear that the outstanding British df/h ezine and important showcase for poetry MURKY DEPTHS. To me its amazing as to how quickly a new ezine like MURKY DEPTHS Many of the poems it publishes are nominated for RHYSLINGS and other awards. can quickly become an important showcase for poetry. Its an interesting contrast to long established magazine like ASIMOV'S publish a vast number of poems and it cant get a single Rhysling nomination. There is a moral out there but I am damned if I can see it. I would love to see comments on the topic.

A note about SILVER BLADE

The df/h ezine SILVER BLADE (wwww.silverblade.net ) is seeking slush pile readers. Those of you who want to explore the relationship between the needs of the art of writing and the way it interacts with the needs of editing and putting out a magazine should consider contacting SILVER BLADE. in fact whenever a zine is looking for slush pile readers volunteer. It is going to make you a bettter scholar and writer of sf/f/h poetry.

Book review SURREALITIES by Bruce Boston, ( Colusa CA, 2011, Dark Regions, pb,ISBN978-1-037128-13-5 ,$9.95

By now if you are reading this section you probably know that Bruce Boston is the leading poet in the sf/f/h genres and one of the most prolific. This new collection from him is devoted to surreal poems he has published in the past s well as original ones written for the collection. Surreal is a form that is well suited to the sf/f/h genres and Boston is adept at writing them but I have yet to see a form that Boston did not do well. My only caveat is that I think surreal poems that work best are those of teN lines or less and most of the poems in this collection are over ten lines. Read more »

An academic note

A Polish academic Mateusz Marecki has written her master's thesis on science fiction/fantasy poetry. Only the title page is in Polish. If you want a copy of it please contact Bruce Boston at Brubostonataol [dot] com

SKELETON LEAVES

Helen Marshall's SKETON LEAVES (Kelp Queen Press ) is a poetry collection that retells the story of Peter Pan, something that you would think be a lot more common. Anyway the folowing link takes to ome of the poems and artwork used in the collection and its well worth the visit. http://skelton-key.net.

The Canadian semi-pro ezine CHIAROSCRO had a reopening and invited all the poets who had appeared in it to donate a poem for one of several reopening issues. My poem 'neo ' was one of the poems used. It is well worth your time to google CHIAROSCO and t

Predators of ice
and stone swim the depths between
the planets,. Waiting for
physics to draw them
towards their prey
at the bottom
of a gravity well.

A comment on TILL I END MY SONG (ed. by Harold Bloom, NYC; 2010, Harper) ISBN 978-0-06-192305-0 .

This is a mainstream literary poetry collection. I bring it to your attention because it is not intended to be a speculative/sf/f/h poetry collection. Yet it has one clearly speculative poem, 'Space Walking' by R. S. Thomas plus many of the poems have specific speculative/sf/f/h allusions in them including one poem that refers to Amazing Stories. The point is that speculative themes and imagery is part of mainstream literary poetry in English language markets. It is not largely confined to genre and children/YA markets

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The haiku below shows how well the haiku form lends itself both to humor and hard science fiction.

Earth Day
the invasion saucers
got recycled

' John Carradine's World '

It has been a while since I last posted a poem at this site and there were too many reasons for this situation. Anyway my poetry collection Private Worlds: A Revised Atlas has been reissued in POD and Ebook formats by Speaking Volumes (www.speakingvolumes.us) and this poem is from that collection. It is a tribute to an actor whom my late mother's late boss proclaimed as the best actor in America. What more can I say--here is the poem.

Even the worst monster
and blood thirsty mad scientist
can always remain Read more »

Take a Peek at NITEBLADE

Niteblade has rapidly become one of the leading showcases for sf/f/h prose and especially poetry among the e-zine community. Below is the url for the current issue so you can see for yourself the high quality of the poetry it publishes.

www.niteblade.com/march2011.

A View of the film "Rubber" by Scott E. Green

Rubber is a new film about a murederous tire rolling amok in that most dangerous of areas, the rural American Southwest. It is an odd combination of Christine, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Waiting for Godot and every Randolph Scott western you ever saw.

Radial rolling down a Texas two-laner
under the high desert sun.

Blood caked its treads,
the audience high up on a knoll
watching
the unwitting players go through their deaths
and
not realising
that the tire
will turn on them.

'The Edge of the World' by James S. Dorr

The poem below won the annual Balticon Award in 2006. It was first published in 2006 in the BALTICON 40 PROGRAM BOOK (Baltimore, 2006 )

Ultima Thule weeks behind us
we bear onto nor'weat unmindful of wind shifts,
the swells that opposed us now swirling, churning,
our sails taut as steel.
Our captain, an old man, hand clenched to that tiller,
says nothing as we climb the masts to trimcanvas --
he stares only forward.
To where the skys darkens,
We cling to the ratlines, reefing points salt-stiffened
fighting our grasp and we pull sailing, Read more »

Culling the family album by David Kopaska-Merkel

This poem is an interesting take on the future of family history. He is the State Geologist of Alabama, publisher /editor of the leading speculative poetry magazine DREAMS & NIGHTMARES and has published 1000 poems in 25 years. Wow what is it with genre writers

yet another recording
of great grandma
on the swing
as a little girl back on Mars

out it goes

the simulacrum's
pleading rises thru
the vocal register
as the code unravels,
ending with a despairing
helium shriek

end

'Star Casting' by Anthony Bernstein

The poem below is a look at two major icons in hard science fiction; AI and space exploration. This combination often gets a negative image in sf cinema. The poet, Anthony Bernstein shows us a more positive view of this matter. Bernstein has been active as a sf poet and prose writer for 15 years.

The caress of ages
upon mechanized mind
renders our calendar moot.
These travelers marks a new brand of time.
Our fears are not theirs to fathom.
Their futurity not ours to master,
only to map by star and sail.

Skyward they leapt in mass,
packing vessels that dwarfed Read more »

"The Holo-House Opening " by Terrie Leigh Relf

The poem below explores the future of real estate sales.

The realtor said it was a steal.
so we hired an empath to scan
her to determine multi-layered
meanings, hyperbole ratio, and
other means of obfuscation

There we read the brochures,
spoke to the bank, hired one
of those transgalactic attorneys
on the vid screen, you know the one's
they claim to be able to detect
and interpet the smallest bit or byte
of any contract code violation.

Everything seemed fine-even more
than fine...so we went to the openning,
press our thumbs to the escrow screen Read more »

"Beyond the airlock door" by Terrie Leigh Relf

The poem is about an important setting in hard sf films and print but yet gets ignored by poets until now. BTW if you are interested in having one of your speculative poems posted, get in touch with me at sgreenatgrolen [dot] com .

time surely stands still
as it moves between
the syncopated flash
of red and yellow lights
the interstitial pulse

beyond the airlock door
where empathy tethers spiral
toward luminescene
while aerial landscapes
rearrange themselves
into kaleidoscopic smears of color

just beyond the airlock door
incandescence waits like
a symphonic pause Read more »

"Unspoken" by Karen Newman

Karen Newman is an emergeing presence in sf/f/h poetry both as a poet and as an editor with Sam's Dot Publishing, a publisher of several sf/f/h print and web magazines. Each title cover a particular segment of speculative poetry. The poem below first appeared in the magazine AOLIFE'S KISS which focuses on high fantasy and s/s prose and poetry. It has elements that hearken back to Poe plus a spoonful of 30's and 40's WEIRD TALES for spice.

Bedecked in a flowing red robe,
Lord Hatred lowers the drawbridge
to beckon his minions of fear
to a gala at his castle. Read more »