Eye to the Telescope is looking for submissions for the January 2014 issue. Juxtaposition, in literature, is when one positions two concepts, descriptions or images next to each other to form a contrast and connection between them. However, as Robert Speiss argues when discussing haiku, “Juxtaposition of entities … cannot be simply the throwing together of just anything; the poet must have the intuition that certain things, albeit of "opposite" characteristics, nonetheless have a resonance with each other that will evoke a revelation when they are juxtaposed.” Guest-edited by Joshua Gage.
- For this issue of Eye to the Telescope, poets are asked to write poems that hinge upon or emphasize juxtaposition in some way. This can be done through traditional forms which encourage juxtaposition (haiku, senryu, ghazal, sonnet, etc.) or post-modern forms (consider Arthur Sze’s Archipelago or Sherwin Bitsui’s Shapeshift), as well as through other arrangements of the poet’s own invention. Poems that are rich in imagery and metaphor are strongly encouraged.
- Please send submissions to pottygok[AT]yahoo[DOT]com with the subject line “ETTT sub:” followed by the poet’s name.
- Please submit 1–5 poems in English translation (in body of email or attached as .rtf).
- In the cover letter, please indicate how you feel juxtaposition is working in your piece.
Include a short bio.
- Deadline: December 15, 2013.
Payment and rights
- Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
- Payment can be made to either the translator or the poet or split between the translator and the poet, as agreed upon in each individual case.
- The Science Fiction Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
- Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original translations of poems) or reprint electronic rights are being sought.
Who can submit?
Anyone writing speculative poetry.
What is Speculative Poetry?
Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.
A good starting point is “About Science Fiction Poetry” by Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Despite its title, this article is applicable all forms of speculative poetry.
Tim Jones, editor of Issue 2, had a go at defining science fiction poetry on his blog, in two parts (These blog posts date from 2009, and the Voyagers anthology has since been published. These posts do refer specifically to science fiction poetry, rather than the broader field of speculative poetry.):
What Is the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA)?
As the SFPA says on its website at sfpoetry.com, “The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry. What is sf poetry? You know what they say about definitions—everybody has one. To be sure, it is poetry (we'll leave that definition to you), but it's poetry with some element of speculation—usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Some folks include surrealism, some straight science.”
See the SFPA site for lots more information—and please consider joining.