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Copyright © 1997 by Carolyn Clink
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When I was first asked to consider co-editing a volume of
the Tesseracts series, I made it clear that I wanted to include
lots of poetry. And we have. Still, when
Rob and I were shuffling
the pieces that make up this book into their final order, we
debated about the placement of the poems. Some seemed to
complement stories perfectly like Peter Bloch-Hansen's
"Binary Love," which follows James Alan Gardner's story
But isn't it just as fair to say that it's the story that
complements the poem? A poem, after all, is the compression of
several tons of coal into to a handful of pure diamonds (okay
perhaps I'm biased in this matter). And, indeed, the poets are by
far the best-paid contributors to this book (well, on a per-word
basis, anyway . . .).
There haven't been a lot of places publishing Canadian
speculative poetry. And with so many wonderful poets out there,
competition is pretty fierce. So, let me tell you a secret. We
must create our own markets. I'm in Northern Frights because when
Don Hutchison was looking for stories, I sent him a poem. I
didn't ask him first, because it would have been too easy for him
to say no. He called me up and said he hadn't even thought about
including poetry. Mine was the first but now his anthology
series is a market for your poetry too.
When Dale Sproule and Sally McBride began their SF&F
magazine TransVersions, they realized how important poems were
right off, and acquired none other than Phyllis Gotlieb as
their poetry editor. Just having her name on the masthead has
doubtless increased the caliber of submissions: I know I wouldn't
want Phyllis to read less than my best.
In addition to such markets as Tesseracts, On Spec,
TransVersions, and Northern Frights, you'll often find that
Canadian speculative-fiction writers sneak poetry into their
novels just look at books by Heather Spears or Charles de Lint,
Of course, we'd still write our poems even if there was
nowhere to publish them.
But it is nice to share.
More Good Reading
Table of Contents to Tesseracts 6
Introduction to Tesseracts 6
About the Contributors to Tesseracts 6
Cover Art for Tesseracts 6
Encyclopedia Galactica entry on Canadian SF
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