October 24th, 2008

breaking bad

Genre poetry

fjm has a post with an interesting request

(Can people provide) recommendations of poetry in crime, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror... either by someone famous so (my student) can find it anywhere, or come with nice clicky on-line links.

My recommendations in dark fantasy/horror were City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson and Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning. Other good recommendations in the thread were Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.

SF recommendations include ozarque's poems - some online here for instance. There's also A Martian sends a postcard home by Craig Raine and The First Men on Mercury by Edwin Morgan.

The best crime poems are probably by Browning, for instance The Laboratory and My Last Duchess. Browning also wrote a complete crime novel in poetry called The Ring and the Book, which is well worth a read.
breaking bad

The City Wakes

I've been really tired and listless all week. I was worried that it might be anaemia coming back - it's horrible. But today my chest hurts and I've got a cough, so that provides an alternative explanation which I don't really mind too much. If it doesn't go soon I'll get some antibiotics.

I have made more typos on my blog today (I think I've caught them all now) than usual, and I'm feeling really sleepy. Still, it's the weekend so who cares.

My daughter asked me to take her to The City Wakes tribute to Syd Barrett in Cambridge, but I don't think I'll be up to the drive. It's on for a couple of weeks so we might go next weekend.

I'm re-reading the Dead Zone by Stephen King at the moment, because it reminds me of what is happening right now in the USA. Here is an interview with Stephen King where he says the present day reminds him of his own story too.

"The Dead Zone" is a political novel. There's that scene in "The Dead Zone" where Johnny Smith sees Greg Stillson in the future starting a nuclear war. Around my house we kinda laugh when Sarah Palin comes on TV, and we say, "That's Greg Stillson as a woman."