Posts Tagged ‘Rhysling Award’
Strange are the ways of the poetry biz. Or, April the twentieth warps to the nineteenth. Or . . . anyhow just now the email came from Vince Gotera, coordinator of the SFPA Rhysling showcase blog feature (and also, one might add, recently appointed new editor of the SFPA journal STAR*LINE, though that’s a topic for a different venue). Apparently the re-scheduled tomorrow posting of the capsule bios including mine was just re-re-scheduled, due to a timely sending of new information by . . . moi, to be back to today (cf. post just below). Or, to quote in full:
James, got it. Just in time. The date of 4/19 on your blog is correct. Yours was the last schtuff I was waiting for. The showcase just went live.
Your blog post and my showcase are a feedback loop! Whee!
Confused yet? I know I am. But anyway here it is!
This first via Facebook from Smart Rhino Publications, an official announcement of the contents page for their upcoming ZIPPERED FLESH 3: YET MORE TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD (cf. February 21, 3, January 18, et al.). Or, well, almost . . . or to put it in their words: “We have a few other stories under consideration, and the submission period is now over. But, as you can see, the line up is already impressive.” And as it happens it is impressive, so here it is as a sort of preview:
Billie Sue Mosiman – Horns, Teeth, and Knobs
Shaun Meeks – Upgraded
Jeff Menapace – Worm
Adrian Ludens – Reduced to Tears
Christine Morgan – Going Green
William F. Nolan – A New Man
Jason V. Brock – Transposition
Jack Ketchum – The Rose
Daniel I. Russell – Consume
Jezzy Wolfe – All Will Turn to Gray
E. A. Black – Invisible
L.l. Soares – And the Sky Was Full of Angels
Meghan Arcuri-Moran – Shopping Spree
Charles Colyott – Closer
Graham Masterton – Dog Days
Jasper Bark – Switch
Martin Zeigler – Hypochondria
Sandra R. Campbell – Gehenna Division–Case #609
James Dorr – Golden Age
Then in other news, readers may recall that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has been posting capsule features on Rhysling-nominated poets this month, six at a time, on their blog and that my turn was to be up today (cf. March 29). Well . . . also, almost. A bit of rescheduling has been going on (among other things, originally scheduled for a new “spotlight” every other day starting April first, some have been coming out on even-numbered days too) and, as it happens, mine will actually be out tomorrow. But this gave some time for a bit of more up-to-date information than SFPA apparently had in its files, so it’s all for the best.
My poem, incidentally, nominated in the short poem division, is “Godzilla vs. King Kong,” a rare sports poem involving prize fighting originally published in DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES. A sneak peek of it can also be found in my slightly obsolete “Spotlight” announcement on March 29.
Something new indeed! So said the email from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA): We would like to try something new this year to get our members excited about and more involved in the Rhysling Award: to post about the poets behind the poetry on our blog “SpecPo”. We would like to post a brief bio, a picture and links to your poems online. If your poem(s) is/are only available in print, please consider posting them to your own blog or website or an author’s website to which we could link. Otherwise, we have access to the information and there’s no need to send a picture, bio or the links. The idea is that six poets per day will be showcased starting on April 1 (which one hopes will not be a foolish omen) and continuing every other day for about six weeks with, if I’ve read the schedule right, my fifteen minutes of fame, or fraction thereof, on April 19. At that time — or now as well, I suppose — the SpecPo blog will be able to be reached by pressing here.
Who knows, then, what picture of me they’ll have to post! What biographical secrets they’ll reveal! (Of the latter, just in case they’re out of date, don’t forget [*ahem*] I have a novel, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, coming out in June.) Or, more to the point, my poem in this pea patch, “Godzilla vs. King Kong,” was published in the print-only journal DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES so where will they find the link to publish? And so, for that last, why not . . . here (and note a small correction to lines 10-11 should you have the D&N copy with you).
GODZILLA VS. KING KONG
It came down to this, finally,
the fight of all fights,
Godzilla against the King,
armed with his radioactive bad breath
and his lizard cunning,
while what could a monkey do?
“Do what you do best,”
Kong’s trainer, Fay Wray, told him,
“climb if you can, or else throw feces at him.”
Well, climbing was pretty much out of the question
unless he climbed up Godzilla himself,
the skyscrapers of Tokyo already demolished,
but, vis-a-vis Kong, ‘Zilla wasn’t that tall
and the other plan didn’t seem sanitary.
So Kong made sure he’d had a good night’s sleep,
a hearty breakfast of bananas by the bunch,
then stood his ground in the city’s ruins
delighted when Godzilla, stomping nearer,
slipped suddenly on his breakfast’s discarded peels,
taking a dive, backward, into the harbor.
Godzilla could also breathe under water
so, soon enough, he was climbing back out
dripping mud and dead crabs,
except Kong, by then, had already accepted
the winner’s purse,
and was halfway back to his Skull Island home.
Well, more of a lovers’ spat really, but it was enough to doom what might have been the greatest romance of the Twentieth Century! Fay Wray and King Kong! But as the poem “On the Other Hand” reveals (cf. March 20; September 5, March 30 2015), a long term relationship between them most likely would not have lasted anyway. And yesterday afternoon, what should arrive but the 2016 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY (see also March 17) with “On the Other Hand,” as originally published in August last year on the British e-site GRIEVOUS ANGEL, as a nominee in the short poem section.
The Rhysling itself is an annual award for best speculative, science fiction, fantasy, horror, surreal, etc. poem of the year, in two divisions: Long and Short, voted on by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Mentioned here many a time before, for more information on the award from the space-horse’s mouth (in a manner of speaking) one can press here.
Saturday was writers group day (in which yet another “Casket Girls” story was on the griddle) after which, lurking in my mailbox back home, what should I find but the Winter 2015-16 issue of FOCUS (see February 7)? This is the British Science Fiction Association magazine oriented toward writers, but which also contains, on page 34 as an on-board sticky note alerted me, Poetry Editor Charles Christian’s column “Poetry From the Stars” in which is, as first of seven poems and a sixteen entry “Scifaiku” section, my poem “On the Other Hand.” “On the Other Hand” is my take on why a marriage between King Kong and femme fatale Fay Wray could never have lasted, and was first published by the BSFA in the August 2015 GRIEVOUS ANGEL.
“On the Other Hand,” incidentally, is also a finalist in this year’s Rhysling Poetry Competition, sponsored by the (US-based) Science Fiction Poetry Association in the “short poems” division (see March 17, just below), of which more here as it becomes known. And, as for FOCUS — a nicely put together issue and one I look forward to reading more thoroughly — as the editors have explained, an actual appearance a month or so after the date on the cover is not that rare a thing.
Two quick items for today, the first being that THE 2015 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY has arrived. This is the book of nominees for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling Award for short (50 lines or less) and long poetry, in which I have one entry in the short category, “Beware of the Dog” (see March 16, et al.), a tale of werewolves and working-class values originally published in GRIEVOUS ANGEL in September 2014.
Then, in the electronic mailbox, the contract came for “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians,” a jolly Christmas tale (with zombies) to be published in Upper Rubber Boot Books’s upcoming “anthology of fiction and poetry,” THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM (see February 16). “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians” originally appeared in Yard Dog Press’s HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT BUBBAS in 2007.
More good news. Yesterday I sent back the permission form for my poem “The Specialist,” originally published in the June issue of DISTURBED DIGEST (see June 20, 17 2013, et al.), to be reprinted in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY. This is a compilation of nominees for the SFPA’s Rhysling Award, divided into two categories for short (under 50 lines) and long poetry. “The Specialist” is one of two poems about vampires I had in that issue, both fairly gritty (albeit, perhaps, with a wink as well), the other one titled “It Would Be Wrong,” and will appear in the short poem division. For more information about the Rhysling Award, one can press here, while for a list of this year’s nominees — and, hence, the contents of the anthology — press here.
Is this the first poetry acceptance for July? Today I got word that Chupa Cabra House has accepted three poems for an upcoming REALLY WEIRD LIMITED EDITION CHAPBOOK. “Looking for weird poems of any length,” according to their guidelines, “though longer is better, any subject.” And is the above really what it will be called? Apparently I’ll find out when it’s published since pay, according to Editor Timm Tayshun, “is contributors copy numbered zero, and blessed by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk.”
But hey, what the heck, this one sounded like fun so I sent three poems out and all have come back accepted. The poems themselves are called “Last Rides,” the shortie of the bunch at only 20 lines about a young gentleman named Little Willie and a bad day in the funeral industry, “Book Fair Buzz Is Not Contained Between 2 Covers” at 34 lines with its title taken from a newspaper headline but its content entirely made up, and “Why He Ate His Hat” in 42 lines — my favorite in terms of plain lunacy, if I may say so — that, well, answers the age-old question (and, as a result, the Earth is still safe). Guidelines of sorts can be found here (I think they’re still reading, but possibly not for long), with other information to come when I find out myself.
And, in the postal mail, this year’s RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY came today with (speaking of lunacy) another of my poems about the lad known as Little Willie, “Burning Down Woods on a Snowy Evening.” This is the volume of finalists in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling competition for best short and long genre or genre-related poems (cf. June 10, June 6 2012, et al.). “Burning Down Woods” was itself first published in the October-December 2012 issue of the SFPA’s own journal, STAR*LINE (see October 29, February 6 2012).
For more on the Science Fiction Poetry Association as well as the Rhysling competition and STAR*LINE, and all sorts of other stuff, press here.
A quick note to mention that the Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced a link for non-members — as well as members who may want extras — to order copies of the 2012 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY (cf. June 6, 2nd post) directly from Amazon. Also it should be available from Barnes & Noble in the near future. This is the collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror related poetry published in 2011 that has been nominated for the Rhysling Award, presented by the SFPA for the best long (over 50 lines) and short poems of the year. But that’s not all. For those new to the idea of genre poetry, or who just want a place to see some of the best that’s currently around, the RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY has a reputation for printing a wide range of styles, subjects, and approaches under the “speculative poetry” umbrella. While not every poem will necessarily be to everyone’s taste, by and large the poems one will find there will be quite good, and quite a few excellent.
Amazon’s price this year is $12.95 (though at least one copy as of this writing is listed as low as $8.50) plus whatever shipping cost they may add, with previous year’s volumes available too at varying prices. If interested in looking into it, just press here for this year’s listing.