Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Night Ship to Never
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans

"A must read for any lover of fantasy, science fiction or poetry."

A word from Richard H. Fay:

While mainstream poetry may explore the world around us, speculative poetry explores the farthest reaches of human imagination, and beyond. With roots sunk deep in the mythic and folkloric ballads of yore, and branches stretching high into the endless skies of fantasy and science-fiction, speculative poetry possesses a rich heritage and an exciting future. I truly believe that this particular poetic form is entering a golden age, due in no small part to the contributions made to the genre by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans.

Many talented poets currently practice the craft of speculative verse composition. Kopaska-Merkel and Evans number among the most accomplished of that unique breed of modern bard. Both have had a plethora of poems published in various science fiction, fantasy, and horror venues. Both are award-winning poets; one of their previous collaborative efforts, "The Tin Men", received the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2006 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem. Both use verse to ask the eternal speculative question: what if? Whether it be mythology mixed with a dash of paleontology and a heaping spoonful of the bizarre, or astronomy drenched in a hearty helping of planetary personification, their poems satisfy a craving for the fantastic. Their works transport us to a strangely different but faintly familiar universe, a reality consisting of wild worlds and fractured futures. A diverse array of perspectives introduce us to odd characters, weird robots, and wondrous creatures.

So read on, my fellow speculative poetry aficionados. Get carried far, far away by the works within. Discover distant space and time. Let your imaginations soar!

Beautifully illustrated by Richard Svensson.

Available from Diminuendo Press, an imprint of Cyberwizard Productions.

Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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