Friday, March 31, 2017

Poetry Pubs So Far in 2017 (and One in 2016)


Friends, it's the eve of National Poetry Month, and tomorrow I'll begin writing a poem a day throughout the month of April. My poet buddy Thomas Alan Holmes will be joining me here in the blog with his poem-a-day productions as well.

In the meantime, here are my poetry publications so far this year, besides the ones I've announced in the last few days. (Plus one from last year, shown below, at the end of this post.)

"Head to the Sky" and photograph "Silvertone Silhouette"
Published in The Ekphrastic Review (see image at right)

"Space Opera" in The 2017 Rhysling Anthology
Nominated for a Rhysling Award (short form — fewer than 50 lines)
from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
Originally published in Altered Reality Magazine

"Elegy for Iain Banks" in The 2016 Rhysling Anthology
Nominated for a Rhysling Award (long form — 50 lines or more)
from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
Originally published in Star*Line 39.3
Reprinted in Altered Reality Magazine

"Doggie Diner, Geary and Arguello, 1969"
in the ME, AT 17 series
Published in Silver Birch Press

And finally, from 2016, "Clerihews for a Literary Sailor"
Published in the Parody Poetry Journal

Here is that last one, for your enjoyment, since it's not currently available anywhere online.  

Clerihews for a Famous Literary Sailor


Herman Melville
Was into whale kill,
So he wrote the famous Moby-Dick
Although harpooning was not his schtick.

Herman Melville
Couldn’t spell well.
The real guy’s name was Israel,
But Herman misspelled it as Ishmael.

Herman Melville
Didn't sell well.
Thousands of Moby-Dick copies left over,
In his attic, his basement, and his mom’s, moreover.

Herman Melville
Fished for bluegill.
He said it was almost as fun as whale,
If you don’t consider matters of scale.

Herman Melville
Visited Nashville.
Where Moby-Dick didn’t get him too far
’Cause he couldn't sing or play guitar.

Herman Melville
Scared a Paris demoiselle.
She said, “Mon cheri, with you it’s wrong.
Your Moby-Dick is just too long.”

—Vince Gotera, Parody Poetry Journal (Volume 5, Issue 2, 2016).


Thanks to all the editors who published these poems: Kelly Christiansen (Altered Reality Magazine); Lorette C. Luzajic (The Ekphrastic Review); Brian Garrison (Parody Poetry Journal); Melanie Villines (Silver Birch Press); and F. J. Bergman (Star*Line).

Friends, see you back here tomorrow for the beginning of NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day? Until then . . .


Won’t you comment, please? I'd love to hear what you’re thinking. To comment, look for a red line below that starts Posted by, then click once on the word comments in that line. If you don’t find the word “comments” in that line, then look for a blue link below that says Post a comment and click it once. Thanks!

Ingat, everyone.   



P.S. I was wrong above. Turns out Parody Poetry Journal blogged my Melville clerihews on 30 January! See that pub here. Thanks again, Brian! (Added 3 April 2017)


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