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May. 26th, 2014

Too many place to post

I'm afraid that this journal is just one too many. I have a personal blog that I prefer to maintain over this one. I wish I knew how to make that one post automatically here. You can read that one here:

http://divadianes.blogspot.com/

I also review and round up genre poetry and interview genre poets on Amazing Stories Magazine:

http://amazingstoriesmag.com/author/dianeseversonmori/

You can follow me on Twitter: @divadiane

Or befriend me on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Divadiane1

I have a website where you can access all of the above, plus audio of my music, narrations and podcasts:

http://divadiane.eu

Take care!
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Oct. 23rd, 2013

Remiss - Poetry Planet x3, Amazing Stories x4, Cthulhu Kickstarter

Yes, again, I've been remiss. I should figure out how my posts from my regular blog can automatically repost here. Because I keep forgetting this one exists...

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I've been a busy bee since returning from a summer long sojourn in the States this summer. I've written blog posts at Amazing Stories all about the recent awards in Science Fiction Poetry, a round-up of recent poetry found on the web and a review of Jeannine Hall Gailey's Unexplained Fevers. You can see the list of my articles on my author page at Amazing Stories. Mostly, I review poetry collections. I've done one extensive interview with Bruce Boston and am preparing to do another with tithenai .

Poetry Planet

I've produced 2 1/2 Poetry Planets found on StarShipSofa.com



AND I've teamed up with Lester Smith of Popcorn Press to award backers of his Kickstarter Cthulhu Haiku II and More Mythos Madness an audio book version of the anthology. But only if the campaign gets 100 or more backers. You can get the ebook version for the ridiculously low pledge of $2! All pledge levels get the audio book, if the quota is reached. For every 50 backers beyond 100 I will produce a previous anthology as audio book and that will be added onto the reward at all levels. I reviewed last year's annual Halloween anthology that Lester does Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness and recorded about 10 minutes of poetry as well, found at the end of the review. Go have a listen and then go and back the Kickstarter. It'll be fun, I guarantee it!

Sep. 17th, 2013

Remiss

Yes, again, I've been remiss. I should figure out how my posts from my regular blog can automatically repost here. Because I keep forgetting this one exists...

I've been a busy bee since returning from a summer long sojourn in the States this summer. I've written two blog posts at Amazing Stories all about the recent awards in Science Fiction Poetry. You can see the list of my articles on my author page at Amazing Stories. Mostly, I review poetry collections. I've done one extensive interview with Bruce Boston and am preparing to do another with tithenai .

I also finally produced another Poetry Planet podcast. It went live early September and includes one poem from each of the 6 Elgin Award winning and placing collections and chapbooks. Here is the archive page for Poetry Planet.

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Feb. 16th, 2013

Amazing Stories Magazine

I have too many oars in the water. Too many blogs and too many varied things that I do. I love it, it's what keeps me interested, but it means I sometimes lose track. I'm perpetually distracted. I just realized that I neglected to post here on LiveJournal that I've begun blogging over at Amazing Stories. My focus is on Science Fiction Poetry. The magazine launched mid-January andmy first 2 articles have been published already. The first is an introduction to my column and what I plan to do. Find it here. The second is a review of Samantha Henderson's poetry collection, The House of Forever found here.

I had originally intended on doing an interview with Bruce Boston for the 3rd, but that will have to wait 2 weeks. This coming Friday, I will most likely write on a variety of things: In answer to an article on AS by Paul Cook "Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad", and a few brief reviews of a couple of collections/anthologies.

Hope to see you over there.

Sep. 12th, 2012

Poetry Planet No. 7 - 2012 Rhysling Award Showcase

After much delay, the next installment of Poetry Planet has hit the ether (now on StarShipSofa No. 256)! The annual Rhysling Award Showcase features the poetry of the award winners in both the Long and the short categories plus the 2nd and 3rd placing poems as well. I must apologize profusely at this stage because the 2nd place long poem failed to make it into the final audio file and by the time I noticed it was too late to fix it. Sorry! But as a bonus, you get it here (see below)


You'll hear:

  • 3rd Place Long: Mary A. Turzillo, "The Legend of the Emperor's new Spacesuit (a Tale of Concensus Reality)" 

maryturzillo, Mary A. Turzillo's, novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl and Nebula Award- winning novelette "Mars Is no Place for Children" are recommended reading on the International Space Station. She has been nominated for the Rhysling, the British Science Fiction Association Award ("Eat or Be Eaten, a Love Story"), and the Pushcart (Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, vanZeno). Her latest book is Lovers & Killers, Dark Regions 2012.

Lyn C. A. Gardner grew up beside Keuka Lake in upstate New York, but her family has since gathered in coastal Virginia. With master's degrees in English literature and library science, she’s been the editor for a private maritime museum and currently serves as catalog librarian for a public library. She also loved her work as projectionist for AMC Theatres. In addition to writing, art, and photography, She enjoys fencing, swimming in lakes, biking around the neighborhood, skating (ice & sidewalk skates). She loves owls, cats, trees, snow, the stars, the color blue, and playing folk guitar and harpsichord. Most of all, She loves spending time with her family. Her first book, a poetry collection called Dreaming of Days in Astophel, is available from Sam's Dot Publishing.

  • 2nd Place Long: G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans, “The 25-Cent Rocket: One-Quarter of the Way to the Stars” This poem failed to make it onto the final audio file. My apologies to Gary and Kendall! I've posted it to my MySpace space for now, until the next Poetry Planet runs. To listen go here.

Kendall Evans is the author of more than 250 poems and about 50 short stories published in various sf, fantasy and horror publications. He recently completed a book length sf dramatic poem, a ring cycle in four parts, The Rings of Ganymede.

G.O Clark’s poetry has appeared on Poetry Planet previously. G. O. Clark's writing has been published in Asimov's Science Fiction, StrangeHorizons, A Sea Of Alone: Poems For Alfred Hitchcock, Tales Of The Talisman, among others. He's the author of nine poetry collections, most recent, "White Shift" in 2012, and a fiction collection, "The Saucer Under My Bed and Other Stories", 2011. He’s retired and lives in Davis, CA.

Erik Amundsen,

cucumberseed, was removed from display, as he was considered zoologically improbable and/or terrifying to small children. He has been sighted in Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Not One of Us and Jabberwocky but his natural habitat is central Connecticut. Taken broadly, Erik Amundsen has had an interesting life; he's been a baker, an itinerant schoolteacher, worked for two governments and gotten in bar fights overseas. He now lives at the foot of a cemetery in central Connecticut where he writes nasty little stories and poems that shuffle around in the night when he's not looking. Or at least he hopes it's them; something's got to be making those noises and it's not the furnace. He maintains a blog on LiveJournal under the code-name cucumberseed.

  • 1st Place Long: Megan Arkenberg, "The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages" 

Megan Arkenberg is a student in Wisconsin. This was her first Rhysling nomination and her first award for speculative poetry. In addition to poetry, she writes short fiction; her work has recently appeared in Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed. She procrastinates by editing the online magazines Mirror Dance, which focuses on the fantasy genre and Lacuna, for historical fiction.

Shira Lipkin,

shadesong, is a writer, activist, mother, and nexus. She has managed to convince Interfictions 2, Stone Telling, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Steam-Powered, Mythic Delirium, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish her short fiction and poetry, and she has just won the 2012 Rhysling Award for short poem. She lives in Boston with her family and the requisite cats, fights crime with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, does six impossible things before breakfast, and would like a nap now. You can track her movements at shiralipkin.com and shadesong.livejournal.com. Please do. She likes the company.


Please click on the links to the poets' websites, blogs and the like. They appreciate the support. 

Aug. 23rd, 2012

Poetry Reviews

Based on shadesong 's encouragement, I've decided to start reviewing the poetry collections I've read in a more official manner (meaning not only on GoodRead's!). You can read them over at my official blog: divadianes.blogspot.com

On the Brink of Never, compiled by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

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A Woman of Mars, by Helen Patrice

Aug. 1st, 2012

Latest Narration up at StarShipSofa

At long last, I have another narration up on StarShipSofa No. 249 - The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic - 1942. It is a very moving story by the imminent Science Fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. This isn't actually a Science Fiction story - at least not as far as I can tell. I'm not actually sure why Tony wanted this story for StarShipSofa, except that any story by KS Robinson would be a good draw for the podcast and I think that is the idea for this month of August with 2 new podcasts he's plugging. 

Anyway back to the story. It is ostensibly about the political climate in Berlin in 1942 and what happened to and in the Berlin Philharmonic at the time. The Timpanist's very personal story is intertwined with descriptions of  his relationship to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The Symphony is a character in this story and all the "action" takes place during the course of the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of it on Hitler's birthday in 1942. There are some chilling moments as well as some very emotional moments. It is a rare story which gives a positive light to some "ordinary" and extraordinary people who did their best in a bleak time in which there seemed no hope. I almost wish it were in German so that all my German friends could listen to it. Germans as a people still struggle with how to come to terms with the events of WWII and they come down very hard on themselves as a general rule. For the most part this is the correct attitude, but there's always a flip side and this is one of them. It's powerful stuff. 

Go listen to it: The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic - 1942, by Kim Stanley Robinson Tony's intro and the segment about the cover art for the month of August isn't long, but if you'd rather skip straight to the story it begins at the 5'15" minute mark. It's about 45 minutes long. 

I'd love to hear what you think about the story and/or my narration. You can comment here or at StarShipSofa's Forum Episode Feedback page or FaceBook page.

In other news, I'm still working on The Rhysling Award Showcase edition of Poetry Planet. It'll probably come out in 2 weeks time because Tony appears to be on vacation. Either that or he's sleeping at the desk. :-)

Jul. 18th, 2012

Poetry Review

I was encouraged yesterday (by Shira Lipkin shadesong- this year's Rhysling Award Winner in the Short Form) to review more about the poetry I read. I don't consider myself much of an expert on poetry or even particularly knowledgeable. That might change as I find myself spending more time with it and trying to learn.


I recently finished the collection of related poetry, "A Woman of Mars", by Helen Patrice and this one is easy to review, so here goes. Most of this I also posted on my GoodReads collection.

I won this slim volume in a little contest the author held on her Author Page at FaceBook - so I feel a certain duty to review it properly.

It's a gorgeous, slim hard cover. Brick red, fitting to the setting with wonderful artwork (pencil drawings) by Bob Eggleston. It's a limited, signed (by both author and artist) edition - mine is number 225/300, so there aren't many left!

It's highly readable. Non of the poems are epic in length and so it's possible to read them several times in one sitting, without getting overwhelmed. The poems tell a story and the over-arching narrative is quite compelling. In the space of just a few poems you come to care about this woman and really want to know what happens to her.  That said, despite the woman's love for Mars, there is an underlying sadness or melancholy, perhaps stemming from the hardship of leaving home and the hardship of being the first colonists on Mars, which permeates the volume. Not uplifting, but moving. 

You can find the collection at PSPublishing.

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Jul. 4th, 2012

Poetry Planet No. 6 Moon Imaginings LIVE!!!

The next installment of Poetry Planet on StarShipSofa No. 245 will hit the ether today. This one is all about the Moon. These are the show notes. 

You'll hear poetry by:


  • Geoffrey A. Landis - Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist with the NASA John Glenn Research Center and a Hugo and Nebula Award winning science-fiction writer. His most recent publication is in Buzzkill - an anthology of apocalyptic poetry. His poetry is collected in Iron Angels.
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner - With master's degrees in English literature and library science, she's been the editor for a private maritime museum and currently serves as catalog librarian for a public library. In addition to writing, art, and photography, she enjoys fencing, swimming in lakes, biking around the neighborhood, skating (ice & sidewalk skates). Shes love owls, cats, trees, snow, the stars, the color blue, and playing folk guitar and harpsichord. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family. Her recently published poetry collection is Dreaming of Days in Astrophel
  • Sandra Lindow - Writer/Editor/Teacher. Regional Vice President for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She has published five books of poetry most recently Touched by the Gods.
  • Nathan Boole - StarShipSofa listener and aspiring writer. Find his short story Black Bradley and the Mercenary Captain on Amazon.com
  • David Kopaska-Merkel - David Kopaska-Merkel raises giraffopards for the Venusian Defense Force, and publishes Dreams & Nightmares magazine, now in its 26th
    year. He won the Rhysling award for best long poem (2006) for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. Their latest collaboration, The Tin Men, was published by Sam's Dot in 2011.
  • David Lunde - David Lunde is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in many journals. His work has been included in 40 anthologies, and he is the author of 11 books of poems and translations, the most recent being: Breaking the Willow (2008), and 300 Tang Poems (2011), translations of classical Chinese poetry. His collection Blues for Port City contains the Rhysling Award winning poem Pilot, Pilot.
  • Mari Ness - More of Mari Ness' poetry can be found at Goblin Fruit, Ideomancer, Stone Telling and Bull Spec. She blogs, sometimes but not usually about poetry at mariness.livejournal.com and for Tor.com, or you can follow her on Twitter @mari_ness. She lives in central Florida.
  • Gerald Warfield - Gerald Warfield’s short story, “The Poly Islands,” won second prize in the first quarter of the 2011 Writers of the Future contest.  The same year, his humorous story “The Origin of Third Person in Paleolithic Epic Poetry” took first place in the nationally syndicated Grammar Girl short story contest.  His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines including New Myths, edited by Scott Barnes.   Gerald published music textbooks and how-to books in investing before turning to fiction.  He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop (2010).  He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Please follow the links to the poets' websites and publications. Support you favorite one!

Links to the other items mentioned on this show:

 

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You can find a list and links to all of my voice work on StarShipSofa and elsewhere here.

Apr. 1st, 2012

Poetry Planet Poll

I've been feeling a little lonely on my poetry planet and was wondering if you might be willing to take a brief survey (6 questions) for me? It’s only meant to give me feed-back about listeners, what you think about the show and what you’d kind of content you'd like to hear on it.

Even if you don’t listen to Poetry Planet (even if you never have), would you mind taking the survey (only 2 questions in your case!)? Pretty Please? Thank you!

Poetry Planet Survey

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