The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien contributed two poems to a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, back when he was an Oxford don. One is an early version of a poem that later appeared in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (pictured above), while the other is a Christmas poem, set in a landscape not unlike Middle…
This poem about science fiction is a brilliant look at genres, and what it’s like to imagine how the world could be different. And several phrases from Anne Boyer’s “Science Fiction” will be stuck in my head for ages. It’s short—go read it!
Left brain, right brain, BS! Today we are uniting the arts and the sciences, which means that we want your best science-based poetry. Haiku, sonnet, free verse—even the lowly limerick. All are welcome.
There are so many ways to celebrate the grandeur of the King of Monsters. But author Jo Walton may have just found the best possible way.
Do you read speculative poetry? Wait, before you answer that, let me ask: do you read poetry? April is National Poetry Month, after all. And if you're not a regular poem reader you'll probably read at least one sometime this month.
Here's your new Beowulf: Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons) has been cast as the Medieval hero, who fights a monster during the Dark Ages. He'll star in ITV's TV series based on the classic epic poem.
When people list the most important fantasy characters of all time, they often leave out a few classics that just happen to be off the beaten track. Like Asterix. But also, Archy and Mehitabel, the cockroach and alley cat who captured the imaginations of a whole generation.
They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem "Eureka" in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single "primordial particle" that exploded outwards in "one instantaneous flash." But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something.
The team over Comics Alliance dug through old copies of Starlog Magazine recently (as you do) and came across the best piece of Batman poetry since... well, ever. The Dark Knight has inspired many creatives over the years, but perhaps never so strangely brilliant as this.
The poem "Sci-Fi Violence" by Josh Bell (No Planets Strike) manages to tell a complete story of alien attacks and the trauma suffered by a survivor, with just a few well-chosen images here and there. It's totally intense, and it's well worth the five or six minutes it'll take to read.
This week's Sunday Puzzle looks like a mathematical equation. Well, it is a mathematical equation. But hidden in that equation is a poem. Can you recite it back to us?
On January 15, the Vancouver Poetry House Society held its annual Nerd Poetry Slam. Matt Loeb's came in fifth, but I really feel like "Sci Lingo We Ride" deserves a ton of accolades. The references fly thick and fast in this poem.
In her slam poem Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them, Brenna Twohy quickly gets to the heart of why so many people love their erotica attached to familiar fictional characters while powerfully critiquing certain types of mainstream pornography.
Any student of Latin lyric poetry will tell you that Catullus' poems get pretty raunchy, obsessed with genitalia, semen, and sex in general. But one of his poems is so vulgar that an uncensored modern English translation wasn't published until the 20th century.
The rhyming animated short Wayne the Stegosaurus feels like a children's book come to life. This pea-brained dinosaur may be stupid, but he also leads an incredibly charming life.
This short video shows us three different American Sign Language poems - two of which are less than a minute long. They give us an idea of poetry that is entirely out of most mainstream experience, and surprisingly understandable.
When he wasn't writing science fiction, writer Isaac Asimov was composing his Lecherous Limericks, dirty little ditties he wrote for his own amusement. So what does Asimov's bawdy poetry sound like?
One of the major influences on The Hobbit was the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, which was the subject of many of J.R.R. Tolkien's lectures. Now, 90 years after Tolkien translated the poem, his version of Beowulf is finally coming to print.