We've been getting some awesome poems for our upcoming anthology which will feature poems in response to/inspired by the horror genre. BUT WE WANT MORE!
What is it we're exactly looking for? Check out this fun little poem by Ron Koertge about the Abominable Snowman to get an idea.
The Abominable Snowman
Up here on the forehead of the world, it’s always
cold. On the other hand, there’s very little crime.
My wife and I live in a cave way above the snow
line. It’s a simple life with no distractions to
speak of. There’s lots of foraging. Otherwise
we practice nonchalance. For fun, we leave
footprints and sometimes intriguing scat
a cameraman has to take a close-up of.
There’s always a cameraman, part of a team:
one in a Nessie baseball hat and this time
ardent Nora who wants to be the first woman
to photograph us. She thinks the men have
gone about it all wrong and her notes, pinned
to a glacier, are charming: Help me believe !
And I have fire. Really. In her journal, which I
pilfer while they sleep or hike, Nora’s worried
about her hair. She’s planned an assignation
with a man she met on the plane. Well, well.
Someone handsomer than I, no doubt. Still,
I like her, so I grunt into a tape recorder
before I leave and urinate in a hat, not the one
she planned to wear for her rendezvous in Bhutan,
(from Fever, Red Hen Press 2006)
Your poem doesn't have to be a persona poem per se, just take someone or something from the horror genre and put a new spin on it. Think out side the box...or coffin...
Send your poems to: editor@moontidepress as a word doc by midnight July 1st!