edited by Liz Bennefeld
On Your Street
The Ghoul at the Door
“The Flip-Book Sonata”
by David Kopaska-Merkel
This poem was begun with free association in 2010. The result seemed like it might mean something, so I tinkered with it a while. The final poem was published in my collection of poetry Luminous Worlds (Dark Regions Press, 2013). dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com
“All Souls’ Day”
Shannon Connor Winward is an American author of literary and speculative fiction and poetry. “All Souls' Day” appeared in Jack-O’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy (Raven Electrick Ink, 2011), Spec-tacular: Fantasy Favorites by Raven Electrick Ink (2012) and the 2012 Rhysling Anthology, and was read by the author on Write Around Here, the podcast of the Written Remains Writers Guild (recording and effects by Justynn Tyme). New fiction by Shannon Connor Winward is forthcoming in Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology by Smart Rhino Publications. shannonconnorwinward.com
“Three Haiku for Halloween”
The haiku “Autumn rain quenches” and “Tentacles arise” were first published in Halloween Haiku, edited by Lester Smith (Popcorn Press,2011). The haiku “astronomers seek” was first published in the May 2013 issue of scifaikuest. David Lee Summers is a writer and astronomer who has been known to scare himself with dark visions while working alone on remote mountaintops. You can learn more about his novels, short stories and poems at davidleesummers.wordpress.com
“Homecoming” first appeared in the MindFlights Halloween issue, October 30, 2010, under the poet's previous byline, Lyn C. A. Gardner. The poem was nominated in the long category and reprinted in The 2011 Rhysling Anthology. Under her previous byline, Adele's poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, is available from Sam's Dot Publishing. Visit Adele at gardnercastle.com
This poem was written specifically to celebrate Halloween here on the SFPA site. This year Dennis has been concentrating on his novels; but his most recent collection, The Poring Dark, (which contains 24 science fiction poems, 12 short stories, and 24 flash fictions), can still be found in e-book and paperback formats at The Terran Dream Archive.
“You Are My Sunshine”
“You Are My Sunshine” first appeared in Phantom Kangaroo. Music by Fred W. Bergmann. More information at fibitz.com
“Cold Life” will appear in my upcoming collaboration with Marge Simon, Such Sweet Poison. I enjoy wandering historic Lake View Cemetery, where occasionally I catch a fleeting glimpse of someone not of this world. My webpage: maryturzillo.com
“Tritena: All Hallows Eve”
A tritena is like a quarter-scale version of a sestina. The poem, not previously published, was written at the Ohio Poetry Day celebration in October of 2012. Geoffrey A. Landis is known for his award-winning science fiction, but also writes poetry, which has won the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars awards. He had a PhD. in physics, and works at NASA Glenn Research Center. More information can be found on his web page: geoffreylandis.com/poetry.html
“Remembering Halloween,” which makes its first appearance here, was written in 2013. I almost titled it “Selective Memory,” but that's too close to my mother’s most recent book, Selective Memories. Childhood was an odd conglomeration of disparate experiences that didn't really fit into a framework. I've recently retired from freelance writing and editing, and the household is still struggling with the lack of externally imposed structure. You can find out more about me and my ongoing work at about.me/quietspaces
Previous Halloween Readings
Thanks to the SFPA members who have contributed their poetry and art to this page. All recordings and images are copyrighted by their respective authors and used by permission.
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