Category Archives: Scifaiku

Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop

Please join me as I begin my journey as a Literary Cleveland instructor. I will be teaching my “Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop” via Zoom.

Scifaiku is science fiction themed haiku, but it follows slightly different rules than its parent form. I will touch on these rules, the history of the form, and my own methods of brainstorming and creating this style of poetry. This is similar to the scifaiku workshops that I teach at the major science fiction conventions around the United States.

Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, August 16th at 4pm PDT
register: https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/scifaiku-a-speculative-poetry-workshop

SCIFAIKU: Falling In Thin Air

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

falling in thin air
breathless anticipation
regolith awaits

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

SCIFAIKU: Take The Close Approach

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

dodge radiation
humans reach for god of war
take the close approach

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

SCIFAIKU: Journey Through Darkness

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

journey through darkness
we are joined with industry
legacy is saved

It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.

SCIFAIKU: Point at Pleiades

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

sailors point at Pleiades
for disc under hazy moon
ET please go home

I was invited to create a series of scifaiku poems about UFOs by the editor of “The Flying Saucer Poetry Review”. It is a topic I’m not familiar with except as part of pop culture. In my research, I discovered flying saucers are in the news and the US Navy concede the objects are real. They call the sightings “signs of novel technology” and that is where I took the title and theme of this series.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Signs of Novel Techonology” that appeared in “The Flying Saucer Poetry Review” in the Fall of 2021.