by Suzette Haden Elgin
Mike Allen & Bud Webster, Editors
|"Suzette Haden Elgin combines linguistic expertise with a poet's sensibility to give us this inspiring and amusing guide to poetics, with special attention to the rewards that science fiction and fantasy provide, and the restrictions they demand. Anyone who aspires to writing fantastic poetry should read this handbook carefully."|
|Brims with acute, provocative, and helpful information, set forth in a self-effacing prose with a witty poetry all its own. I especially like her 'Fifteen Ways to Presuppose Your Gnome,' a devilishly clever guide to subverting the reader's disbelief in unlikely phenomena, and also her practical advice about marketing and promotion. Indeed, for these well-considered tips alone, I would say that Elgin's Handbook belongs in the library of every working writer, poet or not."|
SFPA's first official book, The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook,was published March 1, 2005, by Sam's Dot Publishing.
Written by Suzette Haden Elgin, who founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association in 1978, the book breaks down the language of poetry into its component parts and explains how to make a poem work from the inside out. It also moves beyond craft to talk about selling to poetry markets and, even more interestingly, career promotion techniques, such as how to arrange and run workshops and panels.
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Suzette Haden Elgin invites your questions, comments, and suggestions. Please visit her SF Poetry Handbook page, where you will find an excerpt and links to discussion questions and FAQs. A link for contacting the author can be found at the bottom of her SFWA Welcome page.
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