Two panels that I attended were poetry workshops.
- The Poet as Activist: On Seeing and Saving the Natural World
- Speculative Poetry Workshop
An early panel , the first was somewhat unfocused. However the presenters did note that while most literary poetry journals pay in copies, most SF magazines actually pay for poetry. They gave the attendees the names of market lists. Part of the problem was the focus on “the natural world”. One participant asked about how to use poetry to reach mental patients and students in high school. I immediately thought of Kalamu’s story circles. The other note that I made in my little yellow tablet was the definition of “lune” poetry - a haiku styled poem with the 5-3-5 syllable count.
The Speculative Poetry workshop was interesting even though I got there a little late. (It was murder trying to get from one wing of the convention center to another.) I got there in time to be handed three words from three different canisters with the instruction to write a speculative poem using those 3 words. I felt very happy with myself when I finished early, despite writing 3 drafts. Someone in the front row was more productive. She wrote 3 effective poems using her 3 words using her experience on a recent tour of San Antonio.
My three words were misty, interstellar medium, regent. Go ahead. Try to write your own.
She fingers the reins:
the misty sibilant sound of free hydrogen
the keening cry of captive carbon
She is the queen of a new Egypt,
golden regent of this medium--
conducting a new symphony of interstellar music.