Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2009 - Poetry - 244 pages
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Prose writers have had it their own way for too long. At last, here is an anthology of poetry from New Zealand that captures the essence of science fiction: aliens, space travel, time travel, the end of the world - as well - as concepts you may not previously have thought of as science fiction. Fasten your seatbelts as editors Mark Pirie and Jim Jones present some of New Zealand's best poets - past and present - shining the flashlight of science fiction on our universe, and relishing the strange images that result. Bristling with insight, sections like Back to the Future, Apocalypse Now, Altered States, ET, When Worlds Collide and The Final Frontier will have you speculating right along with the poets.
 

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Contents

The Siege of Dunedin
33
Satellites
40
Four Poems From the Strontium Age
46
Still Centre
52
Instructions About Global Warming ALTERED STATES
62
Signs of Activity
105
In Truth or Consequences
112
Are the Andromedans Like Us
118
Crab Nebula
133
Liftoff 141 Michael OLeary Hey man Wow Jimi Hendrix
143
from Star Waka
149
Departing Takaparawha
155
Letter to an Astronomer
161
the verdigris critic
167
Your Being 172 Gary Forrester The Thirst That Can Never Be Slaked
173
Lament of the imperfect copy of Ensign Harry
180

The Purple fantastic feels like elastic spangled
124

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About the author (2009)

Mark Pirie is a Wellington, New Zealand writer, editor, publisher and critic. From 1995-2005 he initiated, co-edited and produced the literary magazine JAAM (Just Another Art Movement). His works include 21 books of poems, a book of song lyrics, and a book of short fiction. In 1998 he edited The NeXt Wave anthology of New Zealand Generation X' writing. He currently edits the HeadworX New Poetry Series and the poetry journal broadsheet, and co-organizes the Winter Readings series of events in Wellington. A verse novel, Tom, will be published by Poets Group, Christchurch in 2009.

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