About a year ago, I challenged myself to read poetry of the SF variety. Not being a poetry fan, I didn’t know where to begin, and everything I found to help was either for young students and basic or esoteric and jargon filled material for poetry lovers. So I wrote my own guide. The result can now be read at Electric Velocipede.
If you are anything at all like me, you and poetry have passed like ships in the night: Lights on, blaring your horns, and doing your able best to avoid one another. Sure, you read some poetry during your school years, but much of it was either really, really old or so new it just didn’t make any sense (I’m looking at you, e. e. cummings) to your still forming brain. Maybe you remember a few terms such as meter and rhyme, perhaps even what an iamb is, or how syllables affect our understanding of poetry—but that’s about it….
I too, was one of those people.
So I set myself a task. I went out, learned what I could about poetry, experienced some of what is being written today in SF poetry, and compiled for myself a sort of guide to appreciating verse. My hope is that my guide will help you find beauty and entertainment in the reading of SF poetry through some practical tips, a better understanding of analysis, and some exposure to some poems in the SF genre.