MAY 2018 SCIFAIKUEST
Greetings Dear Readers!
I hope that you are in the midst of wonderful weather, and that you have some time to spend with us here at Scifaikuest .
In this online edition you will find many outstanding poems that you are sure to enjoy!
Our wonderful door art is The High Lake , by Marge Simon.
Our PRINT cover is Attack from the Space Fabric Rip , by Denny Marshall, and in that issue you will also find FOUR black and white illustrations: New Colony , by John Reinhart, “The Skull Monster” , by one of our youngest contributors, Jack Foo, The PUSH Button , by Denny Marshall and Bubble-helmed graph , by Robert E Porter.
Also in the PRINT issue, we have two instructive articles, Becoming an American Sijo Poet , by Nissa Annakindt, and Can Do Ku, by Robert E Porter.
Our Featured Poet this time, is Gordon Brown, and you won’t want to miss his hauntingly evocative–yet amazingly succinct–poetry. Gordon is a first-time contributor (welcome, Gordon!), and new to writing poetry as well, which tells you how taken I was with his poems, to have immediately Featured his work. You can find out more about this novice poet, in the FEATURED POET INTERVIEW in our PRINT version.
If you don’t have a subscription to our PRINT edition, they are available at: http://store.albanlake.com/
And, if you would like to join the select group of contributors by submitting your poetry, artwork or article, you can find our guidelines at: http://albanlake.com/guidelines-scifaikuest/
A huge Scifaikuest welcome to our newest contributors: Will H. Blackwell, Jr. and Todd Trulock!
And now, grab up your Reading Glasses and get ready, as we go along on another Scifaikuest!
in the Martian sky
late summer cold
the gardeners of Mars
have gone to seed
opens her eyes
neural software activating
of UFO wreckage
New Mexico roadside
hitchhiker sticking out
a little green thumb
mouth closed, nostrils plugged
transmigration of his soul
aborted for once
—nirvana by Benjamin Whitney Norris
“perfect ten” babe
—discount, by Benjamin Whitney Norris
strip club restroom
a large-mouth alien
blow-dries my hands
John J. Dunphy
suckling on deaths eager teat
space motion sickness
the skies were light blue
till the sun was blotted out
the day they arrived
space condos clutter
sorted by income bracket
the poor dream of sun
alien charm —
his first gift to me
was a tracking collar
Julie Bloss Kelsey
Luna Bar, 5:00 O’clock
7, 8, 9, 10, 13, helmets stacked outside decompression room
on the way back
trees are closer
stems of thickened blood
piercings through a shredded coat
hardened pale as straw
crucified upon a stake
birds do not attend this wake
~ Scarecrow’s History, by WH Blackwell
two puncture wounds
to the chest
her soul slides out
the great unknown
Julie Bloss Kelsey
moon, Earth’s anchor
a drag on her rotation
slowing the ferocious flight
and lengthening her days
resisting, she is pulled
along the barren seabed of space
~ Shelly Bryant
The fires were all burnt out, the heavy clouds of ash were all fallen to earth. A wan sun shone in a milky sky, covered by a veil of fine smoke, yet now strong enough to bring light to the long-darkened land. Among the cold cinders, breaking an uniform gray landscape, a single spot of green gleamed.
under a pallid sky,
through gray ash on scorched soil,
two seed leaves appear
— Banks Miller
MY FAVORITE POEM by editor, t. santitoro
of UFO wreckage
Perfectly concise. Nice ah-ha moment. Well done!
Will H. Blackwell, Jr. is an emeritus
professor (Botany), Miami University (Ohio), presently adjunct
professor (Biological Sciences) at The University of Alabama where he
continues research on microscopic, parasitic, water-borne fungi.
Julie Bloss Kelsey enjoys writing short-form poetry, especially scifaiku. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, a dog, and three fish. Julie is fond of the Oxford comma.
William Landis: a public school teacher and weekend warrior from the increasingly radical state of North Carolina. Seriously though, for years our Southern neighbor South Carolina was known as the backwards state. Suddenly we are the laughing stock of our nation.
Banks Miller has been writing poetry from an early age, but only began submitting it for publication in 2008. Banks graduated from Texas A&M University with a Biology degree in 2011 and now works in the air pollution/emissions testing field. He has had poetry published in Star*Line, Inkscrawl, The Fifth Di…, Illumen, and Sorcerous Signals as well as Scifaikuest.
Benjamin Whitney Norris
Todd Trulock is a Writer and Professor