Scifaikuest Feb 2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our ROCKING DOOR ART is Full Face Golden, by Marcia A. Borell.

In our PRINT issue, we have a NEW POETIC FORM, The Lune, and you can read about it in an article by the very awesome and intelligent David Kopaska-Merkel.

Also in the PRINT edition, the article, Fleeting Moments in Technology (The Natural Evolution from Haiku to Scifaiku) by Jean-Paul L. Garnier, a wisdom packed essay on creating scifaiku. If you’ve ever wondered what scifaiku are all about, you won’t want to miss this article.

We also have three black and white illustrations, one of them a haiga: Rockin’ Robot! by Denise Noe, Enter by Marie McCloskey, and the Haiga: moonscapes undulate by John Reinhart.

Our Featured Poet is author and poet Roxanne Barbour, and for the first time, our Featured Poet spot contains a story of joined scifaiku-like poems called “kaiku”!

If you don’t have a subscription to our PRINT edition, they are available at:

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:

A BIG SCIFAIKUEST WELCOME to our newest contributors, Angelo B. Ancheta and Dylan Mabe!

arguing couple
this side of the porthole
I can’t hear you



not just for deep space travel
rush hour evader

Robert Shmigelsky

robot companion
does everything he is told
metal chains on metal wrists

Dylan Mabe

basketball phenom
totally unstoppable
left, right and middle-handed

Guy Belleranti

young Dawgs™
can digest anything
steel teeth

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

starlight . . .
deep space reaches
our fossil beds

Tom Sacramona

burnup reentry
yellow streak across the sky
mankind’s falling star

Jean-Paul L. Garnier

freezer bags bulging
with big eyes and green skin
they came in peace

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

the rutting quop
12 splayed hoofs planted
brays to spring does

Ed Higgins

Titan landing
that large rock ahead
violently shifts

Christina Sng

time loop
I keep running
out of words

Angelo B. Ancheta


broken promises
dried blood under fingernails
this oath-breaker’s way

ayaz daryl nielsen

sleep disturbed
crawlings over flesh

Spiders! by Willis Couvillier


of all the sculptures
award for the most life like
went to Medusa

William Landis

robot citizens
hate small sticker on forehead
oil change reminder

Denny E. Marshall


space station chapel
seated alone
a crew member holds
in the palm of his hand
soil from Earth

John J. Dunphy

at the end of my
“Welcome to Earth” speech
the aliens gestured
with a middle finger –
hoping that’s not what it means

Lauren McBride

robot factory
one by one my co-workers
replaced by automation
no one to talk to
at the water cooler

Lauren McBride


Categorically Speaking

just love to
label everything
we may find, when we reach new worlds,
the creatures there feel
no need to
be named

Lisa Timpf


Untitled one breath

branching family tree – symbiotic forest

Robert Shmigelsky

MY FAVORITE POEM by t. santitoro, editor
not just for deep space travel
rush hour evader

Robert Shmigelsky

Nice! Brief! Made me smile. 🙂 Thanks, Robert, well done!


Angelo B. Ancheta works with computer codes for a living, and writes short poems including haiku to keep safe his humanity.

Marcia A. Borell is a dreamer that likes to give her dreams tangible form. She has never met an art form she didn’t like. She has created cartoons, cover and interior illustrations for mystery, sci-fi, children’s, horror and fantasy magazines. She loves to work in clay, fibers, ink, paint, and pencil. Marcia has spent her life perusing garage sales and thrift stores for odd bits and pieces that are repurposed to create unusual art. Many of these creations are used in her photography to take that piece of art to a different level.

Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is co-owner of Space Cowboy Books, a used science fiction bookstore and independent publisher. Recently he earned a certificate in creative writing from Wesleyan University.

Ed Higgins: My haiku & scfaiku have been published in various online and print journals, including Scifaikuest. My wife and I live on a small organic farm in Oregon where we raise a menagerie of animals including a whippet, a manx barn cat (who doesn’t care for the whippet), a pair of Bourbon Red turkeys (King Strut and Nefra-Turkey), an alpaca named Machu-Picchu, and various other critters.

William Landis is an 8 foot tall 350 pound male. Every month he personally pays the gas bill to keep the heat on in hell. He burned Joan of Arcadia at the stake using the same Bic lighter he used at the Salem witch trials. He single-handedly built the Pyramids using a shovel. He proofread the constitution for Thomas Jefferson, and thought it was his best work of satire. Considers his greatest achievement to be being published in Scifaikuest.

Tom Sacramona (b. 1992) is a poet living in Plainville, Massachusetts. With experiences in teaching and editing, he continues to live and work in the Greater Boston area. Sacramona is a member of the Boston Haiku Society and the Haiku Society of America. The Blackstone River Valley of Massachusetts is his natural habitat.

Christina Sng has a poetry collection, Astropoetry, which you really should read. Get a copy at

Lisa Timpf is a retired HR and communications professional who lives in Simcoe, Ontario. When not at her laptop, Lisa enjoys organic gardening, bicycling, bird-watching, and tossing the Frisbee for her tireless Border Collie, Emma.