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Mythic Delirium

an international anthology of prose and verse

edited by Mike and Anita Allen

 

Cover art by Galen Dara

Cover art by Galen Dara

“Rich word choices and settings that blend speculative concepts with quotidian reality highlight this stellar anthology of prose and poetry from well-known editor Mike Allen (Clockwork Phoenix) and his wife and copublisher, Anita Allen … This anthology is a winner from cover to cover.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

This new anthology from the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix series assembles beautiful poetry and strange prose from the first year of the digital journal Mythic Delirium.

Funded by Kickstarter, this international gathering of writers spans cultures and blurs genres, showcasing work that, in the words of co-editor Mike Allen, “makes our notoriously offbeat Clockwork Phoenix seem like a product of the straight and narrow.”

With contributions from Marie Brennan, Ken Liu, Alexandra Seidel, Karthika Naïr, Sonya Taaffe, C.S.E. Cooney, S. Brackett Robertson, Amal El-Mohtar, Virginia M. Mohlere, Georgina Bruce, Patty Templeton, David Sklar, Liz Bourke, Jennifer Crow, Brittany Warman, Yoon Ha Lee, Brigitte N. McCray, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Kenneth Schneyer, Robert Davies, Lisa M. Bradley, Sandi Leibowitz, J.C. Runolfson, Christina Sng, Beth Cato, Rhonda Parrish, Cedar Sanderson, Yukimi Ogawa, Mari Ness, Lynette Mejía and Jane Yolen. Cover art by Hugo Award winner Galen Dara.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Myths and Delusions: An Introduction by Mike Allen
  • This Talk of Poems by Amal El-Mohtar
  • The Wives of Paris by Marie Brennan
  • Cuneiform Toast by Sonya Taaffe
  • Hexagon by Alexandra Seidel
  • Unmasking by Sandi Leibowitz
  • Ahalya: Deliverance by Karthika Naïr
  • Katabasis by Liz Bourke
  • The Art of Flying by Georgina Bruce
  • Dreams of Bone by Christina Sng
  • India Pale Angel by Robert Davies
  • a recipe by Lynette Mejía
  • Anna They Have Killed by Jennifer Crow
  • The Two Annies of Windale Road by Patty Templeton
  • Zora Neale Hurston Meets Felicia Felix-Mentor on the Road by J.C. Runolfson
  • Princess: A Life by Jane Yolen
  • Present by Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • Old Bone by Sandi Leibowitz
  • Backbone of the Home by Lisa M. Bradley
  • Flap by David Sklar
  • Rhythm of Hoof and Cry by S. Brackett Robertson
  • The Silver Comb by Mari Ness
  • Milkweed by Cedar Sanderson
  • Never Told by Jane Yolen
  • Foxfeast by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Seeds by Beth Cato
  • Seedpaper by Rhonda Parrish
  • The Onion Prince by David Sklar
  • The Girl Who Learned to Live with Bees in Her Hair by Brigitte N. McCray
  • The Giant’s Tree by Yukimi Ogawa
  • Two Ways of Lifting by Virginia M. Mohlere
  • Levels of Observation by Kenneth Schneyer
  • Cat’s Canticle by David Sklar
  • Nisei by Beth Cato
  • Echoes in the Dark by Ken Liu
  • Voyage to a Distant Star by C.S.E. Cooney
  • WereMoonMother by Brittany Warman

 

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Hungry Constellations

Poetry by Mike Allen

Introduction by Amal El-Mohtar

poems selected by dominik parisien

 

Cover by Paula Arwen Owen

Cover by Paula Arwen Owen

“The poems in Mike Allen’s latest book, Hungry Constellations, make a rowdy, red-tinged tapestry, representing twenty years of work from one of the major creative forces in this genre. These poems are physical, expansive, and revolutionary. They are grand and dystopic. They seethe with the conflict of opposites. Allen likes the destructive side of creation as much as the emergent side. He likes dying gods, because they need to be revived or transformed. He writes about stars and legends and human beings contending with the monster-filled and glorious cosmos. He does it all with a relentless, energetic style, full of thought and invention.”
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The mutants of Wonderland threaten to smash through the looking glass as the river of Time overflows its banks. The King of Cats and the Queen of Wolves dance a duet across eons, alternately foes and lovers. Monstrous constellations come to life in the sky, hungry for people-filled worlds.

Hungry Constellations, the newest poetry collection from Nebula Award finalist and three-time Rhysling Award winner Mike Allen, surveys two decades of mind-bending verse. Editor Dominik Parisien starts with poems drawn from Allen’s previous book-length collections, Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (2006) and The Journey to Kailash (2008), then concludes the triptych with a selection of new and previously uncollected pieces, which author, poet and editor Amal El-Mohtar calls Allen’s most ambitious work to date in her introduction. Cover artist Paula Arwen Friedlander (arwendesigns.net) adroitly illustrates the collection’s Rhysling Award-nominated title poem.

Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Hungry Constellations is Allen’s first poetry collection available in digital format.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction by Amal El-Mohtar

    Selections from Strange Wisdoms of the Dead

  • The Strip Search
  • The Strange Wisdom of the Dead
  • finale
  • Death of the Father
  • The Terrible Beauty of a Severed Neck
  • Jars
  • that strange man with the green petunias
  • Space War
  • Mother
  • Bizarremost Bazaar
  • The Psychic Above Burritoville
  • The Eyewish Station
  • The Night Watchman Dreams His Rounds at the REM Sleep Factory
  • The Dream Eaters
  • Phase Shift
  • Godspore
  • Defacing the Moon
  • Aranea (with Sonya Taaffe)
  • desolvation
  • Momentum
  • Pulse
  • Eating the Time Shark
  • Selections from The Journey to Kailash

  • Tithonus on the Shore of Ocean
  • Retracing the Moon
  • The Asteroid Painter
  • Sackful of Satellites
  • Charon Finds a Woman on the Gridshore
  • The Journey to Kailash
  • Midnight Rendezvous, Boston
  • Midnight Rendezvous, Eden
  • Sisyphus Walks
  • lis pendens
  • Petals
  • The Captive Pleads with the Memory Carver
  • Strange Cargo
  • Bacchanal
  • The Thirteenth Hell
  • Disturbing Muses
  • O’Keeffe’s Bones
  • Tanguy’s Pebble
  • Picasso’s Rapture
  • New and Uncollected Poems

  • La Donna del Lago
  • Carrington’s Ferry
  • Machine Guns Loaded with Pomegranate Seeds
  • Ascending
  • Sisyphus Crawls
  • The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves (with Sonya Taaffe and Nicole Kornher-Stace)
  • The Parcae
  • To Sail the Leaden Sky
  • The Problem with Science Fiction Poetry
  • Kandinsky’s Galaxy
  • Deluge
  • TimeFlood (with Ian Watson)
  • Seed the Earth, Burn the Sky
  • Surviving Wonderland
  • The Duelists
  • The Vigil
  • The Black Watch
  • Unland, Unlife (with Anita Allen)
  • Reynard the Revenant
  • skíouroi moirōn
  • Hungry Constellations
  • The Monster in the Margins: An Afterword

 

 
 
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