December 30th, 2011


Rhysling Eligible Poems Online

Visit the SFPA site to read some poems eligible for the Rhysling Award. A number of poets have collected their eligible poems into .doc or .rtf files that you can download and read. These were originally published in 2011 and are eligible for the 2012 award season. (Many other poems are eligible; these are just gathered in a convenient place.) SFPA membership includes nomination and voting rights for this award, and you also get a copy of the voting anthology which is an ideal way to find some excellent speculative poetry.

I have a total of 30 poems eligible this year; 29 fall in the short poem category and one, "The Cathedral of the Michaelangelines," falls in the long poem category. They're available by clicking on my name, or you can visit the page I posted in my own website.

Several of my favorite poets have also posted files on that page including F.J. Bergmann, Bruce Boston, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel.

If you belong to the SFPA, please consider nominating your favorite short and long poems. If you're not a member but you love speculative poetry, consider joining.


Indian Identity

Here's an article, "How do you prove you're an Indian?" that looks at the challenges of tribal identity.  This is one of the most racist things that America does, which has entrenched itself in tribals cultures.  The author raises the point that being Indian is about more than just who your ancestors were, if you're lucky enough to be able to show that.  It's about where you live, how you live, what language you speak, how much you know about your culture.

If I had my way?  I'd count language equal to genetics.  Speaking a tribal language is among the most subversive and powerful things you can do.  It influences how you think about the world.  That's why the invaders went to great lengths to kill off the native languages, and succeeded with most.

Poetry Fishbowl Perks for 2012

I've finished compiling and distributing the perks for the 2011 Poetry Fishbowl project.  There were 9 k-fans, people who spent $100 or more during the year.  Interestingly, some of them were 'superfans' who spent substantially more than that and would have qualified several times over.  There were 36 donors in all.  The k-fan collection of all the fishbowl poems published during 2011 was 333 pages long, which is a LOT to work with: a full-length book manuscript, really, hand-punched and bound in a presentation folder.  Now I'm looking ahead to 2012...

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