At L.A.Con IV almost two weeks ago, I think it was Day Three, I dropped by a table promoting the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Nice folks. They loaded me down with lots of free buttons, journals, and chapbooks, which I stuffed into my Cthulhu book bag and promptly forgot about. Well, I finally started plowing through all my Worldcon goodies this past weekend and found that the real treats among all that stuff were the journals and chapbooks from SFPA. The richness of the poetry subculture in fandom is something that had escaped me until now. Whew. Some absolutely wonderful stuff.
Among my favorites are poems called SciFaiku, inspired by traditional Japanese haiku. Much of it follows the familiar
Here’s a SciFaiku by John Dunphy that has special meaning for me, since I visited the Nevada Test Site a few months ago:
ex-nuclear test site
a prairie dog peers from its hole
with both heads
Deborah P. Kolodji’s latest chapbook of “speculative haiku,” Red Planet Dust, brims with fantastic images. A few examples:
of the xenophobe wars
red planet dust
covers beta colony
the only green her eyes
finding grandma’s old robot
in the garage
Hmm. I’m tempted to try my hand at SciFaiku.