April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we’re taking the opportunity to showcase poetry written by notable names in the science fiction and fantasy fields.
When thinking of the mediums that deliver SFF, one invariably visualizes descriptive prose, be it in doorstopper hardcover or dog-eared paperback form, but poetry is well-entrenched within the SFF genres and often pops up with surprising regularity.
We first began featuring SFF poetry during April of last year, reprinting some favorites, dusting off hidden gems, and even commissioning some new work. (Which even got nominated for a World Fantasy Award!) You can see the line-up and read the poems in our Poetry Month index.
There’s a rich well of material to draw from and we’ll be posting poems every Sunday in April. (And perhaps more often than that.) Including works by:
- Catherynne M. Valente
- Jane Yolen
- Roz Kaveney
- Jo Walton
We hope you enjoy the series! Our first poem is “Mouse Koan” by Catherynne M. Valente.