Introduction to Issue 21 Poetry
by John C. Mannone
I get excited in presenting a slate of poets to you every issue, which I try to make better (if that’s possible). I also like to try new things. In this issue, the celebrated poets, Geoffrey A. Landis and Mary A. Turzillo, husband and wife, are our Featured Poets. I think you will find it interesting, humorous, and enlightening to see how two speculative poets and writers develop their craft, under the same roof. Enjoy the interview and a sampling of their poetic styles with “Curiosity” and “Night at the Manatee Motel” by Geoffrey, and “Blue Tulips” and “Whales Discover Fireworks” by Mary.
Marge Simon treats us to a creative poem, “Catana,” which segues nicely into a love poem by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Steven Gordon translates this passionate poem from Spanish to English. (This is another new feature I hope to see more of in future issues—poems-in-translation.) “Attic Dust” by Sandi Leibowitz is emotionally charged is an experimental poem (with respect to structure). John Grey’s “The Last Ride” brings a bit of fantasy to the table, but it is much more than that.
Thank you for reading and listening to these poems (most of them have an audio file for your extended enjoyment.)
John C. Mannone
Issue 21 Poetry
Interview with Featured Poets Geoffrey A. Landis and Mary A Turzillo by John C. Mannone
Curiosity by Geoffrey A. Landis
Night at the Matinee Motel by Geoffrey A. Landis
Blue Tulips by Mary A. Turzillo
Whales Discover Fireworks by Mary A. Turzillo
Catana by Marge Simon
Cuando entre la Sombra Oscura (When the Dark Shadow Falls) by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, translated by Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD
Attic Dust by Sandi Leibowitz
The Last Ride by John Grey