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Poems selected for the final print issue of MYTHIC DELIRIUM

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From the moment I knew that the print edition of Mythic Delirium was going to end, it was a challenge to figure out what should go in the final issue, No. 30. A retrospective made sense, but how to come up with one? After all, we’ve showcased 524 poems through 29 issues over 15 years, with verse from bestselling authors and newcomers whose first published pieces appeared in our pages — how do you boil that down to make a concise single issue?
The answer hit me just a couple weeks ago, and since then this last celebration has come together with lightning speed. I asked Anita to take the lead in editing this final issue. I knew she wouldn’t concern herself with how well-known any particular author was or how many awards or reprints a particular poem might have accumulated — for her the top priority would just be what works well together. And just as I knew she would, she’s assembled a lineup that serves wonderfully as a summation of what we’ve been all about.
This issue will not only complete the remaining subscriber obligations for the print version of the zine — its release will also serve as the final reward offered through the Clockwork Phoenix 4 Kickstarter, for those who pledged at the levels that included a two-year Mythic Delirium subscription. I asked Anita to make her picks from the first 25 issues, so that recent subscribers and Kickstarter backers wouldn’t end up getting some of the same poems twice. All the permissions are in, and I’m delighted to be able to share what she came up with, starting with the very first poem in our very first issue, and concluding with the last poem in our 24th issue, which also happened to be the fifth poem from our pages to win a Rhysling Award. (Note: the order below isn’t the order they’ll appear in Mythic Delirium 30, but it is the order in which they were published.)

Mythic Delirium continues of course, in the all-new digital version. Weird to think that by the time this last print issue comes out, we’ll already have released four issues in electronic format.

Originally published at Mythic Delirium Books. You can comment here or there.

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On November 25th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC), sovay commented:
This looks pretty awesome. Also, I remember reading almost all of those poems in their original context. I'm having some serious double vision here.
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On November 25th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
I bet you are!
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On November 25th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
It's been an interesting voyage of rediscovery for me. And it's curious what I remember vividly and what I don't. Like, the individual issues from the DNA era each spark memories when it comes to how they came together, while many (though not all) of the post-DNA issues are kind of a blur, I think because by then Anita and I had assembling an issue down to a pretty efficient routine.
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