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This week is Spec Fic blogging week, organised by the Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand.   Here then, is a science fiction poem I wrote:

lovesnog in blue

I love the cool smoothness
of your tentacles
your triple eyes of Terran blue

let me fondle your mandibles
palpate your maxillae
under the idling moons

through the singing times
through the trembling times
through the wildwinterstorm times

I will love you with
my strobilating polyps
my many radulae of Terran blue

Janis Freegard

A full moon

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The Voyagers science fiction poetry anthology is being launched around New Zealand this month. A list of dates and readers (shamelessly copied from Tim Jones’ blog) follows. I will be reading a poem from the book at the Wellington Central Library on Monday 19 October 2009 and at Paraparaumu Library on Tuesday 20 October. The book’s received a great review in the latest Listener (10-16 October) – good to see it’s making a splash, as editors Mark Pirie and Tim Jones had quite a journey getting it published.

There are all sorts of notable Kiwi poets in the book – Fleur Adcock, Kevin Ireland, Fiona Kidman, Alistair Campbell, Meg Campbell, Alistair Paterson, David Eggleton – I could go on. Have a browse in your local bookshop, go to a reading, write some yourself!

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Voyagers Tour Events: Venues and Readers

Dunedin Public Library, 14 Oct, 5:30 pm
. Join Sue Wootton, James Dignan, Tim Jones, David Karena-Holmes and IP Director Dr David Reiter to kick off the national tour of Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand.

Dunedin, Circadian Rhythm Café, 15 Oct, 7 pm. Our event here will feature Sue Wootton, Jenny Powell, James Dignan, David Eggleton, David Karena-Holmes, Tim Jones and David Reiter.

Christchurch, Madras Café, 16 Oct, 5 pm
, with Owen Marshall, James Norcliffe, David Gregory, Tim Jones and David Reiter

Wellington Central Library, 19 Oct, 5:30 pm
, with Janis
Freegard, Robin Fry, Helen Rickerby (tbc), Jack Perkins, Rachel McAlpine, Michael O’Leary, Marilyn Duckworth, Tim Jones, Mark Pirie and David Reiter

Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu Library, 20 Oct, 5:30 pm for 6 pm
,
featuring Puri Alvarez, Nic Hill, Helen Rickerby, Michael O’Leary, Janis Freegard and David Reiter

Hamilton, TBC, 21 Oct

Auckland Central Library, 22 Oct, 5.30pm,
, with Raewyn Alexander, Jacqueline Ottaway, Iain Sharp, Michael Morrissey, Anna Rugis, Alastair Paterson, Iain Britton, Thomas Mitchell, Janet Charman and David Reiter

Devonport, 24 Oct, 6:30 pm, Depot Arts Space, with Iain Britton, Alistair Paterson, Andrew Fagan, Janet Charman, Anna Rugis, Thomas
Mitchell and David Reiter.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/__data/assets/audio_item/0011/1970633/art-20090607-1445-Chapter_and_Verse_Voyagers,_sci-fi_poetry-m048.asx
Mark Pirie & Tim Jones talk to Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ about Voyagers, the new NZ science fiction poetry collection.

I may be biased – having a poem in the collection myself – but I’m finding it a great assortment of established and new poets with a wide range of poetic styles and interpretation of what science fiction poetry actually is.

‘Voyagers’ is coming your way soon. It’s a science fiction poetry anthology edited by Mark Pirie and Tim Jones and I’m very happy to have a poem in it. You can read more about it on Tim’s blog here:

http://timjonesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/voyagers-new-zealand-science-fiction.html

Should be available in New Zealand on 1 June.

There is a mini-site at: http://ipoz.biz/Titles/Voy.htm and an orders page at: http://ipoz.biz/Store/orders.htm

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