Posts Tagged ‘Sports Poetry’

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 blog-imageRhysling 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!

It came down to this, finally,
the fight of all fights,
Godzilla against the King. . . .

So begins the poem as published in DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES for May 2016 (cf. August 6, et al.), “Godzilla vs. King Kong.”  Then, today, came another missive:  Congratulations on having been nominated as a candidate for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2017 Rhysling Award, given by king_kong_vs_godzilla_1962member vote for the best speculative-genre poem first published in 2016.  While the award does not include a monetary prize, those included in the anthology receive a contributor’s copy, a 50% discount on further copies, and may join SFPA at half the normal rate.  The email went on to explain the details, the poem would be published in this year’s RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY, I would get a copy of it but no extra money for reprint rights, the anthology, in turn, would be distributed to SFPA members for use in voting.  And, one should add, even just being a nominee carries a certain amount of prestige so, the bottom line, I sent back my permission for the republication.

The Rhysling Award is actually two annual awards, one for shorter poems, one for those fifty lines long or more (at 26 lines, my poem will be in the short division).  These are voted on by SFPA members, by analogy to other genre awards like the Nebulas and Stokers(R), but with this one difference, that every nominee is distributed in the anthology, so every voter will have a chance to have read all the candidate poems.  More on the Rhyslings can be found on the SFPA site by pressing here.

As for who won the fight, however, Godzilla or King Kong, the answer will be in the poem itself and, even if not yourself a SFPA member, there will be a chance to buy the anthology when it comes out.

Read all about it!  Local Tokyo favorite KO’d by Skull Island challenger . . . or was it the other way around?  Story printed by Editor David Kopaska-Merkel on Page 10!  Yes, DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES including my sports poem “Godzilla vs. King Kong” (see August 6, et al.) arrived in my mailbox this morning.  For details, press here!

Well yes, that last gives subscription information, but publishing somewhat irregularly from 1986 on, DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES is still one of the best magazines for fantastic poetry on the market and, if you’re a fan, is worth the price.  And as for the fight, well . . .Cvr_AboutTime_bookstore-200x300 you’ll have to ask to begin your subscription with issue #103.

Then in other news, Main Street Rag Publishing Company Editor M. Scott Douglass reminds us that IT’S ABOUT TIME (cf. June 29, November 12 2015, et al.) can still be pre-ordered at a substantial discount, for details on which one can press here“It’s about time.”  When you hear that phrase, what comes to your mind?  A parent or a spouse, arms crossed, foot tapping, watching as someone sneaks in at night?  Or do you see a calendar, its days or weeks flapping.  Maybe you see time extending into an imagined future, something yet to be understood or experienced.  My story in this one is “Curious Eyes,” originally published in THE FICTION PRIMER in December 1988.

Hearken us back to April 27 this year, then to August 30 2015 and news of the Fight of the Century, “Godzilla vs. King Kong,” set to be published in DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES 103 (this hot on the heels of #102, with my poem “Plus-Size,” for which see April 25, et al.).  Now it can be said:  the issue is published!  Moreover, according to Editor David Kopaska-Merkel, subscriber copies have been sent with authors’ copies to go out next week.  And the table of contents has been announced, for which see right here:

M. Wayne Miller, Yithian Communication …………………. cover
From the Brainstem …………………………………………………… 3
Robert Frazier, Luminous Decay ……………………………………. 4
Gloundan S., Exposition ………………………………………………. 7
Mary Soon Lee, Wolf Moon …………………………………………… 8
Heart ………………………………………………………………………. 9
James S. Dorr, Godzilla vs. King Kong ……………………………… 10
Lauren McBride, Engagement: Set in Stone ………………………. 11
Justin Holliday, Midnight Sun ……………………………………….. 12
Ken Poyner, At Issue, The Miramo ………………………………….. 13
Bruce Boston, Going Green in the Mutant Rainforest …………… 15
M. B. Simon, illo for “Going Green in the Mutant
Rainforest” ……………………………………………………………….. 16
Lorraine Schein, The Field of Poppies ……………………………….. 17
C. R. Harper …………………………………………… …………………. 17
assu, Alien Lovers ………………………………………………………… 17
Romie Stott, Alien Ginsberg ……………………………………………. 18
Chris Friend, illo ………………………………………………………….. 18
Ann K. Schwader, Chauvet Redux ……………………………………… 19
assu …………………………………………………………………………… 19
F. J. Bergmann, The End …………………………………………………. 20
Denny Marshall, Presentations ………………………………………… 20
assu …………………………………………………………………………… 20

And one item for yesterday, another royalty has been tendered, this for the princely sum of 86 cents.  Ah, the writer’s life.  But lest I be spoiled, a one-time payment from another book came in too for a somewhat larger amount, even after the PayPal skim!  And as for the first, I emailed instructions that it be rolled over with others received thus far, to be sent later when more has accrued (or when the last buyer has bought a copy, which may be less distant than one might hope)

Oops.  It took a while for me to notice, but it seems there was an error in my May 11 post, “A Continuing View of World Horror Convention 2015.”  In it I stated, of the Thursday night poetry reading, that my opening was with “what I introduced as a sports poem, ‘Godzilla vs. King Kong’ (‘It came to this, finally,/ the fight of all fights/ Godzilla against the King. . .’).  And who was the winner?  Well, fortunately there’ll be a chance to find out as the poem has been accepted by British ezine GRIEVOUS ANGEL (cf. March 30 — GRIEVOUS ANGEL was also publisher, last year, of my fay2Rhysling-nominated ‘Beware of the Dog,’ see September 11 2014).”  However a check of my records reveals that it is not “Godzilla vs. King Kong” that has been accepted by GRIEVOUS ANGEL, but a related poem, “On the Other Hand,” having to do with the King’s tragic love affair with Ann Darrow (a.k.a. Fay Wray).  In fact, “Godzilla vs. King Kong” is currently being looked at by another publication, but it is not known whether or not it will be accepted and, whatever the result, it is likely to be a bit longer before the results of the fight will be known.

That is, at least by those who were not at the reading.  It is correct that “Godzilla vs. King Kong” was the poem I read.




  • My Books

    (Click on image for more information)
  • Chapbooks

  • Poetry

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,018 other followers