[bluer and brighter] a scifaiku poem by Wendy Van Camp
bluer and brighter at fraction the speed of light we sail toward the warmth
The poem was first published in the Spring 2023 issue of The Starlight Scifaiku Review by Starship Sloane Publishing.
The inspiration for this astropoetry/scifaiku poem is taken from an article about a group of scientists that are studying how fast the Earth is falling through the universe. Yes, someone is actually researching this!
Anaheim Poetry Review is the debut of an annual poetry anthology for the city of Anaheim, CA. As poet laureate, I was happy to edit this volume and organize our book launch. Anaheim Poetry Review is not for sale. You will not find it on any regular book retailer.
As editor, I wanted to make sure that all the poets who contributed were compensated with a fun party and with exposure for their work. The review will be available to read for free on the anthology’s website http://anaheimpoetry.com as a flipbook, I am developing an ebook version to go into the digital library system, and each branch of the Anaheim Library system will have a single physical copy for their shelves. This archives the book for the future and it allows the poets to go to the library, point out the book to their friends and family to be able to say “My poetry is in this book.” For a debut poet, this is a heady thing indeed.
Our launch party was April 11th at the Anaheim Central Library. The poets of the anthology were invited to read their work, not only for the sizable audience that came out for the event, but also for the cameras. The recorded reading is slated to be on Anaheim TV as part of their community lineup of programming and should eventually be available on YouTube via their channel.
List of Participating Poets:
Acoustic Librarian Alia Alaweneh Sherri L Benoun Bobbo Byrnes Laura Cadieu Melissa Adylia Calasanz Anilu Gabriel Michelle Gonzalez Aimee Inglis Brian Harman Camille Hernandez LeAnne Hunt Betty Hwang Sarah Jedlicka Carol Latham Jessica Macias Jane Muschenetz Leslie Ortega Mike Robbie Catherine Spear Aruni Wijesinghe Sanjay Yadav
Thank You to the volunteer crew who recorded the reading:
Don Hillard, Jr. Laixi Gu
It has been a pleasure coordinating this project as the Anaheim Poet Laureate. I am not sure if there will be another issue next year. Laureates generally only are around for two to three years in their term, but overall this was a fun project for me to develop and I’m glad to see it through to the end.
As Editor, I am pleased to announce that ECCENTRIC ORBITS 4 has officially launched! This anthology of science fiction poetry features poets from all over the globe and represents many cultures by diverse wordsmiths, but all in the genre of science fiction.
Allen Ashley, Faruk Buzhala, Dale Champlin, Linda M. Crate, Binod Dawadi, Melissa Ridley Elmes, Gary Every, Mark A. Fisher, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Lee Garrett, John Grey, Bradley Earle Hoge, Erin Jamieson, Alshaad Kara, Deborah L. Kelly, Gerri Leen, Goran Lowie, Richard Magahiz, Jack Massa, Mike McCormick, Gerald D. Nordley, Ramona Ridgewell, Roxana Negut, RK Rugg, Joshua St. Claire, F Stephan, J. J. Steinfeld, Lisa Timpf, Liz Tuckwell, DJ Tyrer, Wendy Van Camp, Jeff Young
Ark slingshot to Mars a hollow asteroid ark immigration begins
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 topic, drawing from this well known trope.
This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series about time travel which appeared in “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.