August 31st, 2006

Egrets Reading

Hooray for Contributor's Copies!

A fun thing about contributor's copies is that they often arrive when you are least expecting them! Earlier this week while I was busy asking time_shark even more questions on the phone about SFPA Presidential responsibilities in case I should, in fact, suddenly find myself elected at the end of the week, I looked in my mailbox and found this beautiful 20th Anniversary "Monsters Issue" of Tales of the Unanticipated.

This is the first time I've been published in TOTU this century. My last poem there was "Zhang Heng's Seismograph" in issue #21 published in 2000 (which, despite popular belief otherwise, was technically still the 20th Century). That was the same issue that had time_shark's poem "Ectoppliances". My other appearances in TOTU were in #14, #17, and #18.

The current TOTU 20th Anniversary issue has poems by Laurel Winter, durenda, Brian Thao Worra, John Calvin Rezmerski, Cornelius A. Fortune, Ann K. Schwader, Bruce Boston, and yours truly. My poem, "Angerboda's Child" is about Jormandgund, the world-serpent of Norse mythology. This is fairly ironic since I could have sworn I just told tithenai and mer_moon, the editors of Goblin Fruit that almost all my genre poetry is science fiction, if not straight science poetry.

Today, I was startled to receive a contributor's copy of Hummingbird, which is a miniature journal of short poetry measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, saddle stapled. I had actually forgotten I had a poem coming up in it! This issue of Hummingbird is a tribute issue for John Tagliabue who recently passed away. It includes some of his poems and some tribute poems written by others. The issue is a mixture of haiku, tanka, cinquains, and other very short poems.

Bottom line - I have some nice reading material on hand for the upcoming three day weekend with these contributor copies plus the books, chapbooks and zines I brought home from WorldCon.