Category Archives: Scifaiku

Scifaiku: Oblivion

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

preventing past dance
no meeting of grandparents
everyone goes poof

Time travel has always been a favorite science fiction concept for me. I am drawn to the paradox of such stories. I ended up writing a series of scifaiku on the top, drawing from this well known trope.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series about time travel which appeared in the August Issue of “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.

Scifaiku: Butterfly Effect

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

stalking a t-rex
hunter steps on butterfly
past shifts future forever

Time travel has always been a favorite science fiction concept for me. I am drawn to the paradox of such stories. I ended up writing a series of scifaiku on the top, drawing from this well known trope.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series about time travel which appeared in the August 2015 issue of “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.

SCIFAIKU: Stalled

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

historical moment
past. present. future. merge.
time machine stalled

Time travel has always been a favorite science fiction concept for me. I am drawn to the paradox of such stories. I ended up writing a series of scifaiku on the top, drawing from this well known trope.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series about time travel which appeared in the August Issue of “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.

SCIFAIKU: Mars Is Now My Home

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

rainbow galaxies
compete with the stars above me
Mars is now my home

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: 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