Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, Issue 54

Hello readers of good poetry,

I am delighted to present another excellent slate of poems to you from various regions of the country. The poetry in this issue is heavily surreal and fantastic.

It opens with a sixth-sense type of poem, “The Visionist,“ by Chloe Clark (Ames, IA). The chill she leaves is intensified in […]

A&A and the Hugos

By now you may have heard that Abyss & Apex was on the 2015 “Sad Puppies 3″ (SP3) slate of potential Hugo nominees, in the Best Semiprozine category. (ETA: And yes, we were nominated.)

I detest the term “hate speech,” as it implies a lack of freedom of speech, but there is such a thing […]

“Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, January 2015” by editor John C. Mannone

Dear Readers,

I am excited to present a mixture of poems from some highly regarded poets. Though I usually don’t present work in alphabetical order (by author), it had worked out that way for this edition. I am always careful to balance the kinds of emotion that might be evoked in a series of poems.


1Q 2015 Editorial: Where are they now?

Abyss & Apex has a deserved reputation for helping to launch writing careers. Where are some of our authors, now?

Here, in alphabetical order, are just a few of the writers that started, at least in part, with us. We knew them when.

Aliette De Bodard is the author of ON A […]

Periodic Table Of Writing Elements, Turkey City Lexicon Edition

The Periodic Table of Writing Elements (PDF)


Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, October 2014

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, October 2014

Please enjoy this ecclectic mix of poems, many of which are tangentially connected to form a loose theme. “Dust of Creation” by Heather M. Browne (CA) and “Supernova Sunday” by Ralph Monday (TN) kick off the selections with a pensive tone and beg questions of metaphysics, of […]

Introduction to Poetry in July 2014 Issue

We are proud to present six fine poets for the July 2014 issue. The opening poem, “Medusa’s Garden: A Vampire’s Lament” (Gina Marie Bernard, Wilton, MN), presents a wonderfully speculative question. Gina Marie wrote, “staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep after catching up on last season’s Becoming Human, I was contemplating the sexual prowess […]

Guest Editorial: To Russia, With Apologies

(A&A Author Jamie Mason needed a signal boost of his apology to various governments. Posting it here was the least we could do. – Ed.)

“IT’S NOT MINE!” Reflections from the cultural echo chamber

by Jamie Mason

Like all catastrophes, it began subtly – wheat flaking at drought’s onset, the Titanic […]

Name Calling

Name Calling

by Celeste Rita Baker

(The author prefers the edited version be considered for any awards or reprints; unedited version below the author bio – Ed.)

Ah wake up every morning at thirteen minutes before three. Imagine. Every foreday morning, de same thing. Heart racing, palms sweating, singing […]

Authentic Voice or Clarity? A Conversation

Wendy Speaks:

Yesterday , while we were working on editing an A&A story containing patois, there was a genre kerfuffle and Twit storm about a Strange Horizons reviewer who complained there was too much dialect in a piece by a person of color. People lambasted the review, because, Racism. In this […]