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Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 2018 by Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association
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Mary Soon Lee
This anthology contains the 150 poems nominated for the 2018 Rhysling Award for the best speculative poetry. As per usual, it provides a good insight into the great variety of SF/F/H poetry being published. And there is indeed a great deal of variety, in length, style, topic, tone. This year's anthology reminded me that I rarely (but not never) like horror, and indeed I found reading some of the horror poems quite unpleasant. This is not necessarily a defect in the poems, since I think several w ...more
Timons Esaias
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one of those cases where the star rating doesn't reflect either the importance or the utility of the work being rated. I will be advising my students (should they be inclined to SF Poetry) to buy it and read it, cover to cover. It is a healthy sampling of the varieties of poetry that flourish under that umbrella, and a good register of what to aim for, if you choose to write it. It is also the voting anthology for a prize I'm proud to have once come in third place for.

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Beth Cato
Not a review. Includes two of my nominated poems.
Richard Magahiz
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who appreciate daring pieces of language
I think it is a pretty good representation of the state of poetry in the speculative realm these days. It felt a little to me like there were more strictly fantasy poems in the anthology ten years ago but I don't have any actual numbers to back that notion up. As always, my preference is clearly tilted toward the "short" entrants (50 lines or fewer, along with a few prose poems), although the very very short end of the spectrum has its own annual collection put out by the SFPA called Dwarf Stars ...more
Richard Leis
A few of these poems are five-star speculative poems, but several did not appeal to me, especially those with lots of adjectives, mythology, and/or werewolves (I still do not get speculative poets' apparent obsession with werewolves, a creature I did not have any strong feelings against until I started reading speculative poetry.)

Neil Gaiman's "The Mushroom Hunters" was my personal favorite in the collection, along with Mary Soon Lee's "Advice to a Six-Year-Old" and all her other poems, Linda D.
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Linda D. Addison was born in Philadelphia in 1952. She is the oldest of nine children and received a bachelor of science in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is the author of three collections: “Being Full of Light, Insubstantial”, “Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes” and “Animated Objects” (Space & Time Books). Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, includi ...more

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