February 16th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Under the Desert Sun

I’m currently on a four day visit to Arizona, so even though I brought my laptop and I’m going to write something about poetry each night, I will not be posting my live journal entries until I return. So, by the time you read this, it will be some time next week.

time delay --
a visit to what mattered
then

I did manage to squeak in my Rhysling nomination by the deadline. However, even though I read some nice long poetry, I ultimately couldn’t single out one that moved me enough to nominate it for the long poem category. So, once more, I ended up making only a short poem nomination this year.

Maybe it’s wrong, but if a long poem doesn’t make my top 10-15 poems of 2005 list, it seems like it would, to borrow the phrase, “dilute the award” if I nominated it. I suspect this is what long poem fans feel about short-short poetry. My personal favorite 10-15 poems of 2005 all happened to fall in the 3-40 line range.

I’ve decided, though, for 2006 that I am going to make a concentrated effort to READ MORE long sf poetry. I have a very, very bad habit of not reading the end of poems that don’t move me enough in the first 15-20 lines to continue. Perhaps this is causing me to miss the boat...