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And frankly, based on my own longtime experience and frustrations, I don't see anything to argue with here.

I said more or less the same thing a while ago in a poem that appeared in Space and Time, Summer/Fall 2008. I give you:



The Problem with Science Fiction Poetry



Science fiction poetry sings castrati songs,
whines wistfully for stars and princesses fair
but cowers from stalking unexplored plateaus,
tearing alien throats and eating unknown flesh,
losing its chance to fuck like mad and leave
crying children in the nooks of every timeline.
It shrinks from breaking open young worlds
and reading the molten innards; cringes
from forcing you inside the museum case,
crammed hard against the dying and exotic;
choosing instead to find ever cuter ways
to rewrap your worn-out childhood toys.





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On July 1st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC), samhenderson commented:
Now you're gone and done it.
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On July 1st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC), samhenderson commented:
Now you've gone and done it.
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On July 1st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC), samhenderson replied:
Sheesh, how it that happen?
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On July 1st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Twice the power!
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On July 1st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
choosing instead to find ever cuter ways
to rewrap your worn-out childhood toys.



You knew ahead of time about the Wonder Woman re-do?
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On July 1st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
A little lasso told me...
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On July 1st, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC), shadesong commented:
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On July 1st, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC), samhenderson replied:
And that's what I'm talking about when I talk about good SF poetry, which I wasn't. but if I was, I would be.

So there.
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On July 3rd, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC), shadesong replied:
*beam*

Yours rocks, too - (Thanks for putting the whole thing up, Mike!)
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On July 2nd, 2010 02:06 am (UTC), lenora_rose replied:
Loverly.
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On July 3rd, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC), shadesong replied:
Thank you! :)
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On July 2nd, 2010 11:56 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
*catches* ;-D
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On July 3rd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC), shadesong replied:
I am, by the by, terribly excited to see you and the rest of the poetry mob next weekend. :)
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On July 2nd, 2010 01:33 am (UTC), nesmith commented:
If I were more paranoid I'd think this was a poke at me for pulling out some of my old Trek novels and watching the original series again.
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On July 2nd, 2010 02:07 am (UTC), lenora_rose commented:
here from Yuki_onna (Shock). Yes, this is definitely a worthwhile read.
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On July 2nd, 2010 04:21 am (UTC), ysabetwordsmith commented:
0_o
I think we've been reading rather different science fiction poems. And writing: I've ticked off at least five of the "cowers from" items, some repeatedly.
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On July 2nd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC), dkolodji commented:
Are you reading your slush pile again?
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On July 2nd, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
Actually....
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