Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Amazing Stories: Speculative Poetry Round-up 2/2014: (Mostly) British

My latest blog post on Amazing Stories came out today. Since the reviews I'm working on, especially of the anthology of British Science Fiction Poetry Where Rockets Burn Through, are taking me longer than expected, I decided to do another round-up. This has become my emergency back-up plan, but it seems that they are also quite popular, so I don't feel too badly about doing it a week earlier than planned. I've had British SF Poetry on the brain lately, and I seem to have found a lot of historical stuff, so I hope you enjoy.

Now, however, I'll have to make sure I have poetry recorded for the review planned February 26 before we leave on vacation. My son has the last 2 weeks of February off of school and we are going to Italy to visit his Nonna and Nonno. Needless to say, I'd rather not miss a scheduled post and miraculously I'm pretty well-prepared.

Anyway, here's a little snippet of today's post:

First, we have a very small ‘Zine, a Newsletter really (only one sheet of paper printed on both sides!). It’s called Handshake and it’s produced sporadically by John Francis Haines,. I found a little introduction written by Haines which states:
HANDSHAKE started in 1992 after discussions between myself and Steve Sneyd, as we felt there was a need of some kind of “British” equivalent of the USA based Science Fiction Poetry Association.
I found this intro to the pamphlet on a webpage no longer maintained by John Howard in which he collected the poetry printed on Handshake into the Handshake Anthology. There’s lots of great poetry to be read there by Steve Snyde, Giovanni Malito (and Italo-Canadian active in Ireland at the time), Douglas Forward, Andrew Darlington and others as well as the well-known US poet Bruce Boston:
Handshake Anthology
John Howard produced a short-lived WebZine called House of Moonlight, which also has some nice poetry by British poets you can still read online:
House of Moonlight
These poets seem impossible to find and further digging has uncovered...
...uncovered what, exactly? Well you'll just have to go to Amazing Stories to read the full post:

Speculative Poetry Round-up 2/2014: (Mostly) British

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