Introduction to Issue 90 from the Poetry Editor’s Desk by John C. Mannone

Introduction to Issue 90 from the Poetry Editor’s Desk

Please enjoy these endeared poets from around the world who bring you some well-done form poems (two different kinds of Pantoums and a subverted Haibun), a concrete or shape poem, as well as excellent free verse poetry.

We also congratulate our poets who were published in 2023 issues of Abyss & Apex who have been nominated for the Rhysling Poetry Awards. (Your poetry editor joins them (of course, my nominated poem was published in another venue.)

  • The Man with the Stone Flute • Joshua St. Claire • Abyss & Apex 87 (short poem category)
  • The Singing Girl • Kim Salinas Silva • Abyss & Apex 87 (short poem category)
  • The Giants of Kandahar • Anna Cates • Abyss & Apex 88 (long poem category)
  • A Mere Million Miles from Earth • John C. Mannone • Altered Reality April (long poem category)

See the complete list of “semifinalists” here: (the nominees will be culled by a panel of judges to accommodate size restrictions of the print anthology.)

F. J. Bergmann: Going Native

Madison Wisconsin

Ann K. Schwader: noctalgic

Westminster, Colorado

M.C. Childs: But this could never be like Kansas

Seattle, Washington

Randall Andrews: Red Destiny

Brooklyn, Michigan

Yuliia Vereta: Martian Museum
Katowice, Poland

Suzanne Willis: The Folklore of Glass

Melbourne, Australia

Todd Sullivan: A Cartoon Universe

Mableton, Georgia

Joshua Jones Lofflin: Swan

Frederick, Maryland 

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