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HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V

(HWA Poetry Showcase #5)

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The fifth volume of HWA's acclaimed annual poetry anthology features dark verse by Donna Lynch, R. J. Joseph, Sara Tantlinger, and many more.
Kindle Edition, 98 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Horror Writers Association
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I was on the jury for the selections that made it into this book, and I can tell you: there is a wide and diverse selection of poems by established poets, fiction writers sharing their verse, and newcomers alike -- all tackling a wide spread of topics and tropes relevant to dark dreams and the horror genre. My favorite pieces are those we selected as "featured" poems, all by writers who tackle some deep and powerful topics that are especially pertinent to women's issues. I particularly was fond ...more
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, poetry
Each year the Horror Writers Association opens a call for submissions to the members of the HWA for the annual poetry showcase.

Selections for the showcase are chosen by a jury, and this year's showcase was judged by Mercedes M. Yardley and Michael A. Arzen. Stephanie M. Wytovich was editor.

I really enjoyed this anthology of poems.

The HWA Poetry Showcase is the perfect way to discover new poets who write dark poetry. I immediately ordered a collection from Cynthia Pelayo after reading her poem, a
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The cemetery season is always open." -Simone Volponi

I really enjoyed read the new HWA Poetry Showcase. If you're looking for somewhere to start with horror poetry, this anthology is an amazing introduction to a lot of writers. I had only read a few of these poets before (RJ Joseph, Sara Tantlinger, Annie Neugebauer, etc.), and I appreciate the opportunity to find new people to read (Cynthia Pelayo, Susan Snyder, Marge Simon, etc.). It's a fun set of horror poems.

I didn't love all of the poems
Wyrd Witch
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, horror
Unlike mainstream literary venues, where you hear constant news stories of the rise of poetry thanks to new venues, mediums, and influences, speculative fiction treats poetry like a neglected stepchild forced to clean up the ashes. I find this incredibly sad because poetry is amazing. It’s a form that takes advantage of language and its effects to create a mesmerizing experience for its readers. It can illustrate anything from a story to a mood, a memory from your life or the vignette of another ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The HWA Poetry Showcase is something to look forward to every year! It arrives like an otherwordly horror obscuring the horizon and promising doom for the hearts of readers. I'm thankful that my poem "Still Life" was chosen to be a part of this grim collection. I carried this book around for many months, rereading and thinking, and my favorite poems of this collection are "Amalgamation" by Sara Tantlinger, "It's Coming" by Rob E. Boley, "Sins of the Father" by David E. Cowen, "If I Only..." by L ...more
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Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous venues such as Weird Tales, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State Uni

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