In sf/f/h poetry,homages to the work of other writers, both within and without the science fiction/fantasy/horror genres. The following poem by Bruce Boston who is the leading poet in the sf/f/h genres is a tribute to Ray Bradbury through offering an interesting perspective on Bradbury's THE ILLUSTRATED MAN. The poem appeared in his newest collection DARK MATTER (2010).
'The Scarified Man'
The scarified man
is incised and burnt
with the inscriptions
of a lifetime.
Like tattoos, these intaglios
fade and change with time
Richard Tierney is the greatest practioner of 'weird' poetry. Essentially 'weird' poetry is work set in the universe created by H.P. Lovecraft and expanded by his countless disciples. A Lovecraft story or poem usually cannot be placed within specific designations like fantasy or horror or science fiction. It sprawls across all three categories and sends tendrils into other designations.
A significant current in the creation of sf/f/h poetry is images and themes harvested from modern religious systems that strongly embrace magic (pagan,wiccan, neo-druid et al). Elizabeth Barrett is a prolific writer, a priestess in the pagan community and a member of the faculty of the Grey School of Magic. Her book COMPOSING MAGIC (2007) is an important resource for writing poems of magic, spells and incantations as well as many other topics of interest to a serious believer in the efficacy of magic.
Scott has contributed our inaugural poem:
Man moving towards self-perfection
A perfection set in laughter
The reflection of perfection
ensconced in gentle shells of steel
Life is laughter,
even metal can sing out laughter.
Robin Mayhall is a new poet of undeserved obscurity. The untitled poem which appeared in the print/web zine SCIFAIKUEST illustrates two elements in the sf poetry community. One is the widespread use of haiku and other Japanese forms among the community. The other is that the poem is a poem of science rather than a science fiction poem. A poem of science is about either a scientific phenomena and or theory or it's about the life of a scientist.
Mayhall is a full time public relations executive.
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