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11:40 am - 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.

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From:cdybedahl
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
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One of Nobel Prize-winner Harry Martinsson's most famous works is a long Science Fiction poem called Aniara, first published in 1956. It's written in Swedish but must've been translated at some point.
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
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Oh, thank you for the recommendation, I have never heard of it. I've just googled, and yes it is available in translation. This review is very positive.

Henry Martinson accomplished what many would think impossible--a literate yet accessible epic science fiction poem that warrants close attention by those interested in either the outer reaches of SF writing or the inner reaches of poetry. What makes Aniara astounding is that the visionary aspects are fully formed in both camps... this is without a doubt a poem with a capital P, not a short story with line breaks. The cadences (rendered in a very able translation from the Swedish by Klass and Sjoberg) in themselves are intriguing.
sounds like a great find.

Edited at 2008-10-24 10:49 am (UTC)
From:cdybedahl
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
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At least in Swedish it's really good and well worth reading.

It's also an annoying thing for those studying the history of SF in Sweden academically, since it's an early example of SF in the country, undeniably SF (with spaceships, FTL communication and stuff), as well as heavy-duty Literature™ (like, Nobel Prize winner, and Martinsson himself was always very proud of it and considered it one of his best works). It stands out like a lighthouse, so you can't ignore it, and it doesn't fit into the "normal" development of SF at all. Very annoying :-)
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From:azdak
Date:October 24th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
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Romance????? Isn't your inbox going to be flooded with examples?
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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Good point - though could there be a distinction between love as a subject and romance as a genre? If so, I'm afraid I can't define that genre.
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From:azdak
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)

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For crime, suggest Macavity: The Mystery Cat
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From:sjkasabi
Date:October 24th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
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The Doctor Who story The Horror of Fang Rock was based on - and the Doctor quotes - the Ballard of Flannan Isle.

The poem is on the web here:

http://www.potw.org/archive/potw230.html

and is sadly lacking in Rutans. Though I'm impressed that the webpage cites the DW ep in the notes.
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a good rec, thanks. My verdict is that the men were turned into massive cormorants.
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From:matildabj
Date:October 25th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
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Oh my goodness, that's just dredged up a long-forgotten memory of reading and writing about that poem in primary school!
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:October 24th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for, but Hawkwind's famous live album Space Ritual includes several performed poems: "Black Corridor" and "Sonic Attack" by Michael Moorcock, and "The Awakening", "Ten Seconds of Forever" and "Welcome to the Future" by Robert Calvert.
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that rings a bell. I think SF writers may be more likely to write some poetry than mainstream authors.
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From:hafren
Date:October 24th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
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There are loads more space/SF-based ones by Edwin Morgan, including a whole bunch called collectively Star Gate: science fiction poems and published in 1979. I think "A Home in Space" should be online here together with info about his SF poems in general - click on A Home in Space in the list.

Crime - Simon Armitage, Hitcher. Scar-y....

Edited at 2008-10-24 04:53 pm (UTC)
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From:lexica510
Date:October 24th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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There are many links to poems and other writing by John M. Ford in this eulogy thread on Making Light.

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