Friday, March 23, 2012

Book review: Rapid Eye Movement, by J.E. Stanley

Rapid Eye Movement is a chapbook of speculative poems by J.E. Stanley, who has also written other books as well as co-authored a book of cinquains with Joshua Gage.  The book is 20 pages long with 17 poems, and it's well worth the price.

The book includes short poems, including a couple of speculative haiku and a cinquain, as well as longer works. There's even a ghazal (which if you've never heard of it before is a pretty cool form).  The poems are all high-caliber, and many of them have appeared in magazines like Asimov's, ChiZine, Scifaikuest, and Star*Line.  Three of the poems were nominated for Rhysling Awards.

The book leads off with "City of Bridges," a very cool poem with great imagery.  It's one you could read over and over again.  "Pattern Recoginition" is also nicely written, with a good ending.  "Urban Surrender" is one of my favorite poems of the book, one that really draws you into the poem.  "Diner at the End of the World" is a great way to finish off the book, and the poem itself has a strong ending.

Many of the poems in this book have a darkly speculative tinge to them.  There's some science fiction and some horror, and much that can't be classified.  The chapbook itself is very nicely produced, with a heavy cover and thick paper, and plenty of white space throughout.

Rapid Eye Movement is available online from Crisis Chronicles for $5 plus $1 for shipping.  If you're a fan of Stanley's other work (either his previous books or individual poems that you've read in magazines) or if you just like good, dark speculative poetry, this book is for you.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Haiku app, a comic

The Haiku Foundation has developed a haiku app for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.  This app came out last year (I'm behind the times) but a new version will be released this year, including one of my haiku (and a boatload of other ones that will all be better).  You can download the haiku app for free from the App Store.

In magazine news, new issues of both Shamrock and Apex are available online, so whether you prefer haiku or horror you can read your fill.  Shamrock is free, while Apex costs $2.99, but you can also find some free content on the Apex website.

Finally, fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series will enjoy this comic.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Space and Time open for poetry submissions

Space and Time Magazine is currently reading poetry submissions, so if you have any poems that you've been waiting to send in to them, now's the time.  Submit by email only.  Payment for accepted poems is $5 on publication.

For your reading pleasure, the March issue of The Heron's Nest is now live, and the new issue of Niteblade should be up soon, if it isn't already.