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April 7, 2012

I must go up to the stars again…

by limebirddennis

I must go up to the stars again, to the lonely stars in the sky,
And all I ask is a rocket ship and a bearing to steer her by.
(Apologies to John Masefield)

In my last article “Tales around the Campfire” I talked about the role of poetry in the history of storytelling; and I mentioned the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

This time I am going to focus on that subgenre of poetry, science fiction poetry. The SFPA’s founder, Suzette Haden Elgin, defined it thus; “an sf poem was one that had two parts: a science part, and a fiction — narrative — part.”

Over the past eighteen months, whenever I have taken a break from prose, I have focussed on sf poetry. For me it is a liberating thing; subjects can be as broad as one’s imagination and the format can be just as varied.

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