Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quote of the Day

"For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen." Douglas Adams



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Speculative Art

"Not Enough Brain to Survive" sculpture by Thomas Lerooy

"A Perfect Vacuum"
Artist Jeremy Geddes
Oil on Board
2011
Emergency exit" by sculptor Chen Wenling

"Expansion" by artist and sculptor Paige Bradley

Star*Line 35.1

Check out this month's Star*Line. It has one of my favorite poems in it, "I AM."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Words of Lao Tzu (whoever/if ever he was)

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

"The truth is not always beautiful, and beautiful words not always the truth."

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality."

"Be content in what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there's nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is to say 'I don't want to.'"

"Stop thinking and end your problems."

"Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment."

"Act without expectation."

"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."

"I have three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."

"Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear."

"Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides."

Friday, January 20, 2012

Niteblade

For those of you not familiar with it, Niteblade is a wonderful horror and fantasy magazine put out by Rhonda Parrish. It comes out in PDF on a quarterly basis, but every fifth issue is also made available in print. I was lucky enough to have a poem in December 2011's print issue, and to have my name beside some of the true powerhouses in speculative poetry really is an honor.

I was so moved by the images I saw coming out of Haiti after the terrible Earthquake in 2010 that I knew I had to write a story or poem about it, and that it would undoubtedly be dark. It took a while for the seeds to germinate and bear fruit, but eventually I wrote Magnitude Seven, and with the help of editor Alexandra Seidel (a fabulous poet), shaped it into something I'm quite proud of.

I urge everyone to pick up a copy of the current issue, whether print or PDF, and help keep this fine magazine alive. For only $2.99 it's a great deal!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Poem Up

My poem "Soaked Through" is up at Eye to the Telescope, the SFPA's online journal of speculative poetry. Check out issue #3. It's all about the persona poem. As guest editor Jeannine Hall Gailey puts it, "The definition of persona poetry is poetry that is told from the first-person perspective of a character who explicitly is not the poet." It's funny, quite a few of the poems I've written could be considered persona poems, yet it wasn't until Jeannine's call that I first learned the term. You just never know how much you don't know, do you?