The Book of Robot

The Book of Robot

by Ken Poyner (Barking Moose Press)

This intriguing poetry collection of fifty one poems has a third of them individually published in impressive journals such as The Adirondack Review, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Gyroscope, Mobius, Pank, Rattle and […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

As usual, I am amazed at the talent, and the diversity of talent, among our poetic community. And there’s diversity in form as well, including blank verse, prose poems, a linked Haiku-like imagist poem, and a series of lunes, besides the skillfully wrought free verse poems that give more […]

Fantasia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vince Gotera is Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. Former Editor, North American Review. New Editor, Star*Line (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association). Recent work in The American Journal of […]

First Landing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Poyner

First Landing

 

We were prepared to take them To our leader. All manner of lights And sound devices were arrayed To allow us to demonstrate a mathematics We hoped we both held in common. But in the landing clearing what they first

Addressed […]

Garden Planet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but she received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has garnered her […]

Hybrid Identities

 

 

 

 

 

Tamara L. Panici

 

Hybrid Identities

Together we are smoke and steam. I am the curling wisps above, and you

the graying flood of color- less color below.

We tear holes in the atmosphere, dig our homes in the orbs of mother earth’s pupil.

We twirl together for centuries […]

Martha X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marge Simon

 

Martha X

He thinks I came in pieces, had to be assembled, like del Rey’s Helen O’Loy, a modified household robot. Lost to antiquity, he never knew that story is in my memory banks.

He forgets that I arrived whole at his door, […]

Rust

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Shirley

 

Rust

My darling was a machine gun in the army, they picked him as a cadet for his good eye and steady hand. They married him to metal, fused the breech block to his chest, soldered up the barrels of his arms, splicing extra muscle […]

Church of the Apocalypse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Mishler Fox

Church of the Apocalypse

The people speak of “before time”– before war, before anarchy, before civilization fell. Decrees for common good were the law of the land.

This “before time” also challenged them. Beggars appeared at freeway ramps, signs pleading for spare […]

After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Branning

After

The bird sits on the rainspout, plump and shining like a heart. Its eyes survey the ramble of weeds, and the empty fountain, choked with dead coins. The earth is as dry as the crow’s rasping call.

Thorns and […]