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23rd-Jan-2012 10:59 am
Writing - XanaDuMalion
Through sheer inertia, I'm still a member of the SFPA, which means that I get to nominate one long poem and one short poem for the Rhysling Awards. I have some ideas already, and I read most of the best spec-poetry magazines already, but it is always possible that I have missed a brilliant poem of yours. Also, there are other SFPA members who read my LJ. So....

If you published poetry in 2011, link me to it in comments! If it's not available online and you'd like me to check it out, please send it to me at shadesong AT gmail.com.

And note that nominators only get to nominate two poems, period. This is always a really difficult choice, and there are usually at least a dozen poems that I really want to nominate, so I know I'm opening myself up to more agonizing by asking for your lists! But I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.

I only had two last year; I've only just stated to come out of a long spell of not submitting anything. "The Changeling's Lament" from Stone Telling #5 and "The Library, After" from Mythic Delirium #24 are both eligible.

So! Poets! Tell me what you've been up to!
23rd-Jan-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Not sure if anything I've published in 2011 is Rhysling worthy, but my best shots are probably a short netherworld poem in Sweet:
and a long Gilgamesh poem in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly:

Alas, Bull Spec #7 is still not out, so nothing I read at Arisia is eligible for 2011.

The best things I can think of (besides your work) that I've read last year were in the same issue of Stone Telling that published your poem, so you've probably read them.

Alas, the same inertia that keeps you in SFPA has kept me from getting around to joining, so I probably won't be nominating anything this year.
23rd-Jan-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Heya! I had 4 come out last year, 3 short and 1 long -- "In Search of a North Countrie," "Pieces", and "Stairs in Her Hair" are short, and "Biting Tongues" (in The Wiscon Chronicles) is long, but the one I personally think is best and most worthy of nomination is "Pieces."
23rd-Jan-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking! Long version is here: http://rose-lemberg.livejournal.com/215095.html

Poems I am most proud of:
1. "In the Third Cycle," The queer epic poem that won the Rannu competition (long)
2. "Thirteen Principles of Faith." it's Jewish magic realism .
3. "If I had reb Yoel's violin." it is only six lines, but I love it for some reason.
4. "The tenured faculty meets to discuss the moon's campus visit," Mythic Delirium 25 (this is the only one not online, but I made it available on my website). (short).

Edited at 2012-01-23 06:51 pm (UTC)
24th-Jan-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
but I love it for some reason

because it is absurdly, impossibly, how-the-fuck-did-she-do-that-in-six-lines stunning. That's my guess anyway.
24th-Jan-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
23rd-Jan-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I only had two of any note last year, and one is a blatant rip-off.

Love and Leaves

With Apologies to Edward Gorey - The Gashleycrumb Dishes
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23rd-Jan-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking! I had a poem published in Strange Horizons in 2011: Ralph Touchett Awaits Revision.
24th-Jan-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
I only had two too: here and here!
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