OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY POETS; RAY BRADBURY READS HIS POEM “IF ONLY WE HAD TALLER BEEN”

“Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”  Philip K. Dick 



“Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.” The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Assciation

EnLIGHTEN is a print magazine of speculative poetry, illustrations, articles and reviews that is published twice-a-year. Submission guidelines are HERE.

MITHILA REVIEW, an international journal of science fiction and fantasy, publishes speculative fiction and poetry. Guidelines HERE.

MYTHIC DELIRIUM BOOKS is a small independent press that publishes speculative poetry and fiction journal and books. Details HERE.

 STRANGE HORIZONS is a weekly magazine that publishes speculative fiction poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, and art.  Details HERE.


Robert A. Heinlein’s Rules of Writing

When fellow writers, or fans, wrote Heinlein asking for writing advice, he famously gave out his own list of rules for becoming a successful writer:

  1. You must write.
  2. Finish what you start.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
  4. You must put your story on the market.
  5. You must keep it on the market until it has sold.

Ray Bradbury reading his poem If Only We Had Taller Been

If you are viewing this post from an email subscription,you’ll likely have to link to the site to view.  Charming. Well worth your time.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

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5 Comments on “OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY POETS; RAY BRADBURY READS HIS POEM “IF ONLY WE HAD TALLER BEEN”

  1. The Bradbury link worked perfectly, and yes! “Well worth the time.” Thank you once again Jamie,Jen “Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind” – Summer of 42  

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