Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Poetry Planet - 2013 SFPA Poetry Contest

The show will go has gone up Wednesday 22 January 2013 ca. 10:00 GST! Alas, it is a botched version, having omitted the winning dwarf length poem by Lorraine Schein! The corrected version (minus all the great fiction on the StarShipSofa version) can be listened to through the SFPA site here.

Yes, I'm finally getting this edition of Poetry Planet out to the world. It's been in the works for a long time and basically on hold while I worked on several other projects. Poetry Planet No. 12 showcases the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poems in three length categories in the 2013 Poetry Contest sponsored by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. This was my donation to the prizes for the contest. You can listen here on StarShipSofa No. 321. You'll find it at about the 1:18.00 (one hour eighteen minutes). (edit: go ahead and listen to it for the fiction though!)

The poems you'll hear on the podcast are:

Dwarf length (10 lines or less):
 
3. "A Butterfly in Costa Rica", by Mary C. Rowin
2. "The Spell No One Said at Her Birth", by Jennifer Schomburg Kanke
1. "Dorothy’s Poem", by Lorraine Schein (please listen!)


The Short form poems (up to 49 lines): 
3. "Wolf’s Four Question", by Megan Arkenberg
2. "The Martian’s Wife", by Helen Patrice
1. "We Pay Our Fare in Apples Here", by Megan Arkenberg

And the Long Form poems (50 lines and above):
3. "The Dyson Tree’s Promise", by Bryant O’Hara
2. "Hungry as Living Sorrow", by Jenny Blackford
1. "The Girl Who Tipped Through Time …", by Robert Frazier

I give biographical information about each poet during the course of the podcast and also brief anecdotal background to the poems themselves. I encourage you to listen to these poems twice! The second time you can skip through every thing non-poetic!

 Some of these poets' names (at least) will be familiar to you, if you follow speculative poetry or have listened to Poetry Planet or read my blog at Amazing Stories regularly. Since I don't want to clutter the podcast with linkage, please find below recently published works by each of the poets and where you can find their websites and blogs etc. Please help support these poets and visit their sites and read more of their poetry. They work so hard!

Megan Arkenberg - Blog and Bibliography/News.
"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (fiction) appears in The Lorelei Signal, January-April 2014.
"Necromancies" (poetry) appears in the Fall 2013 issue of Goblin Fruit.

Jenny Blackford - Website  and Blog.  
Star*Line Editor's Choice: Their Quantum Toy .

Robert Frazier - ISFDB Entry. Paintings. Collection Phantom Navigation
 Star*Line Editor's Choice: Lost in Holographic Storage.


Bryant O'Hara - Soundcloud poetry. "In the Era of the Silent" in Eyedrum Periodically. 
"How to Fix the Poet" feature about Bryant.

Helen Patrice - Blog
Poetry Collection: A Woman of Mars
Diane's review of A Woman of Mars

Mary C. Rowin - Blog
"Yellow Curve" in VerseWisconsin

Lorraine Schein - Book: The Futurist's Mistress from Mayapple Press
Anthology: Alice Redux Editor Richard Peabody
"Merlin" in Strange Horizons
"Three Glass Shards" in Enchanted Conversation

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