Introduction by Abyss & Apex’s New Poetry Editor: John C. Mannone







 Introduction by Abyss & Apex’s New Poetry Editor: John C. Mannone

It is a distinct privilege and honor to serve as senior poetry editor for Abyss & Apex. I will be challenged to follow in the shoes of the late Stephen M. Wilson, or his predecessor, Trent Waters, both whom I deeply respect. However, what I do bring to this table is the same vision: to publish the best speculative poetry out there that stimulates the intellect as well as the imagination, and that educates as well as entertains. Even with such a noble cause before us there is subjectivity.

What’s my editorial focus? I want poetry that transcends genre. I want poetry that is accessible. I want literary quality poetry with a speculative element, especially science fiction and fantasy, which also has literary depth (be able to answer the “so what?” question). I favor lyrical work, but conversational pieces are fine provided they too have impeccable rhythm. I am usually not impressed by cutesy or clever pieces, and very short work must be stellar to be considered, but fair a better chance if either linked or form a loosely themed constellation.

You will garner more insights about what I look for after you read an interview Jim Harrington conducted (Aug 2011) for “Six Questions For…” in my early years as the poetry editor of Silver Blade (and still am):

I look forward to your submissions.



John C. Mannone, nominated three times for the Pushcart, has work in Raven Chronicles, Pudding Magazine, Synaesthesia, 3Elements Review, The Baltimore Review, Prime Mincer, Pirene’s Fountain, The Pedestal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Publishing, Bethany House Publisher, as well as speculative venues like Rose Red Review, Star*Line, Liquid Imagination and others. He’s the 2013 Rhysling Chair, the poetry editor for Abyss & Apex and Silver Blade, an adjunct professor of physics, and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador for TN. Visit The Art of Poetry at

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