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[Canadian Flag]Carolyn Joan Clink was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, but she actually lived in Ralston. For seven years she lived in West Hartford, Connecticut, then settled with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

Carolyn is an accomplished poet who now lives just west of Toronto with her husband, science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. They met October 17, 1975, in their high-school science-fiction club, NASFA (of which Rob was cofounder), and were married on December 22, 1984, in a small ceremony at Carolyn's parents' house. Carolyn is the oldest of five children; her brother David Livingstone Clink is also a widely published poet.Read more

Poetry Update #21

I did make it into the Dwarf Stars anthology of "The Best Very Short Speculative Poems Published in 2013" with my poem from the previous post:

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[untitled tanka]

the winged serpent draco
slithers around polaris
circling --
a constellation
of leftover stars

[published in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2013]
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This tanka also made it into the Rhysling Anthology!

Unfortunate news for me. I did not make the long list for my submission to the CBC Canada Writes poetry contest. It's too bad. I thought they were fine poems. Although, I guess I shouldn't have expected to make the long list on my first try.

My poetry workshop, The Algonquin Square Table, starts up next month. Time to put my nose to the poetic grindstone.

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It's 2014 already!

Aurora- and Rhysling-Award Eligible Poem 2014
Poem Published in 2013

I have only one poem eligible to be nominated for the 2013 Aurora Awards and the 2013 Rhysling Award -- and it's a Tanka. More suitable for Dwarf Stars. :) There are more worthy poems out there...

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[untitled Tanka]

the winged serpent draco
slithers around polaris
circling --
a constellation
of leftover stars

[published in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2013]
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On April 21, I entered the CBC Canada Writes contest for poetry. This is the first time I've entered because they want one poem, or a group of poems, between 400 and 600 total words. And I don't write long poems. Managed to write 6 poems on the same topic -- so they form a group! :)

Also learned how to delete my name from Word properties. Especially since it would have been my husband's name. ;)

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Poems Eligible for the Aurora Award and the Rhysling Award for 2013

I have four poems eligible for the 2013 Aurora Awards and the 2013 Rhysling Awards: Zombie Poet, Zombie Descartes Writes a Personal Ad, and two untitled tanka.

All Poems Published in 2012

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Zombie Poet

After a cornered dog chewed off
his grasping fingers, the zombie poet
had to use voice-recognition software.

While the computer never correctly guessed
what he was trying to say, the words
it did come up with sold to The New Yorker and Poetry.

Critics hailed him as the voice of his degeneration.
But some argued his poetry wasn't original
because he was eating the brains of other poets.

As his fame grew, he started receiving emails with photos
of naked zombie women attached.
Necrophilia lead to an addiction to deviant brains.

One night, after a reanimated reading
from his long-awaited collection, Poems with no Brains,
the zombie poet fell apart from excess decay.

Many young zombie poets tried to capture his audience.
But their poems were too cerebral, their rhymes too loose,
and their shambling rhythm wasn't the same.

[published in Tesseracts 16, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2012]
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Zombie Descartes Writes a Personal Ad

Long-retired philosopher zombie seeks
experiential female zombie
to share unconscious moments.

Likes: the pineal gland, animal spirits,
brains, and the theater.
Dislikes: bats, koans, and Chinese rooms.

Let us shamble through the streets in search of brains.
Let us lie by the fire — but not too closely.
Let us stare into each other's vacant eyes.

Contact me if you have the qualia needed
to reduce our dualism
to moanism.

[published in Tesseracts 16, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2012]
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[untitled Tanka #1]

Gaudi can't sculpt
imaginary angels
for the church.
He uses real bones
hangs them in the air.

[published in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2012]
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[untitled Tanka #2]

Look at that sunset,
that's physics for you —
light bending our minds.
Why have gravity
in a world ruled by god?

[published in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Fall/Winter 2012]
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For Your Consideration

Zombie Bees of Winnipeg

In slanted sunlight's glow,
some stumble into signs
and bounce off with a zing,
exhausted from zagging
down the one-way streets
of downtown Winnipeg.

They shamble, stiff-winged
this Labour Day,
these zombie bees —
a hunched and mumbling swarm
of black encircled eyes
and jaundiced stripes
without the brains to know
they should be dead.

[published on the Chiaroscuro/ChiZine.com 47, 2011]

This poem was inspired by attending the Aurora Awards presentation at the Worldcon in Winnipeg in 1994. The Awards were given outdoors in a park near the convention centre. It was a beautiful Labour Day weekend and there were many zombie bees.

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Aurora Award Eligible Poems

I have two poems eligible to be nominated for the 2012 Aurora Awards. They were published in 2011:


Zombie Bees of Winnipeg

In slanted sunlight's glow,
some stumble into signs
and bounce off with a zing,
exhausted from zagging
down the one-way streets
of downtown Winnipeg.

They shamble, stiff-winged
this Labour Day,
these zombie bees --
a hunched and mumbling swarm
of black encircled eyes
and jaundiced stripes
without the brains to know
they should be dead.

[published Chiaroscuro/ChiZine.com 47, June 2011]


10 things to know about staplers

1) The Greeks invented the stapler.
2) Buzz Aldrin took a stapler to the moon.
3) Staplers can refuse to staple for religious reasons.
4) Staplers regret nothing.
5) When a stapler jams, someone will die.
6) Staplers are government spies.
7) Staplers eat one sock a month.
8) Surgical staplers are alcoholics.
9) Staplers dream of electric staplers.
10) Staplers know all your secrets.

[published Star*Line, Jan/Mar 2011 issue]


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Poetry Update #20

First the big news :) I won the Aurora Award for my poem "The ABCs of the End of the World" from A Verdant Green. I was surprised and honoured. Surprised because the competition was stiff: Sandra Kasturi, Helen Marshall, Colleen Anderson, and Robert J. Sawyer. And honoured because this is the first time an Aurora Award category for poem/song has been presented. W00t!

Next big news: I've been invited to The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts as one of three featured poets. The other two poets are David Kopaska-Merkel and Bryan Dietrich. Can you say Orlando in March 2012!

Catch-up news:
I did go to the Simon Fraser University's Book Publishing Summer Immersion Workshop in 2010. It was exhausting! But I learned a lot.

I had posted in #19 about a new "Best of" anthology being started here in Canada for speculative fiction and poetry called Imaginarium. My friends Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas are editing it for Tightrope Books. They were delayed a year, so the first one will be for poems and stories first published in 2011. So I've just submitted "10 things to know about staplers" from Star*Line and "The Zombie Bees of Winnipeg" from ChiZine.com.

I've been to three of the five Algonquin meetings this fall term. Our turnout has been light this year.

I had a great time at a bunch of SF conventions this year. Special mention to SFContario, our new Toronto convention (where I won my Aurora). Great Con!!

I also had a great time at DragonCon in Atlanta. Saw William Shatner's presentation from 2nd row centre!! But best presentation goes to Martin Landau who spoke eloquently on his life as an actor and the theory of acting, etc. Wow! Also special kudos to Ernest Borgnine, who's in his 90s and still remembers everything. His event was standing room only.

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My Favourite of my SF/F poems from 2010

I thought I would post here my favourite of my poems published in 2010.

This was in a poetry anthology called A Verdant Green edited by my brother, David Livingstone Clink, and published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (George A. Vanderburgh, publisher).

[This anthology is referred to as Global Warnings in my previous posts.]


The ABCs of the End of the World

The Amazon burns.

Arid pollution floats
like an algae bloom
over asthmatic bumblebees —

a buzzing biomass
of clear-cut carbon
footprints

in a chaotic desert dance
of dehydration and energy-efficient
extinction. Famine floats

through flooded farms
searching for fuel-cell
resistance fighters

gone the way of greenhouse glaciers
in a hybrid car.

Hydrocarbon hurricanes
impact ice shelves, icebergs,

curling ice, and icecapades
in a final-jeopardy-worthy,
karmic, light-leakage landslide,

curdling the Milky Way
in a Magellanic Cloud of nuclear winter.

In the acidic ocean, a six-legged
octopus and a polar bear with gills
quibble over reduced rain forests,

reused rubbers, and recycled cyclones,
while solar-powered Tsunamis unleash
a torrent of ultraviolet species.

If only wind energy
came from outgassing,

or wave power from the pissing
away of finite resources on wars.

Instead, an extra-yellow river
backs up and civilization ends.Read more

Poetry Update #19

Poetry Update #19

Quick update this time.

First big news, I've applied to the Simon Fraser University's Book Publishing Summer Immersion Workshop. It's a very highly regarded program -- very intense. It goes from 9am to 6pm or 9pm for two weeks. And, if I survive, I leave thinking like a publisher. :)

I missed the launch of Global Warnings because we went to Los Angeles to see the filming of Rob's episode of FlashForward at ABC/Disney Studio. Had a great time in LA! But did miss a great launch!

Gusts rejected the one Tanka I submitted. It sucked, so no hard feelings. ;)

Ice Floe, poetry of the far north, also rejected me. Bitter? ;)

The issue of Space and Time that printed my poem "Quantum Passion" arrived. Turns out I'm in the same issue with friends Josepha Sherman and Darrell Schweitzer.

There's a new "Best of" anthology being started here in Canada for speculative fiction and poetry. My friends Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas are editing it for Tightrope Books. The first one will be for poems and stories first published in 2010. So I've already submitted "Quantum Passion." I'll submit my upcoming poem from Star*Line, too, as soon as it's printed.

The Alquies had their last meeting of the university year -- which I missed. Sigh.

Did two hours on Haiku for Anime North, Canada's largest Anime convention. One hour was just writing, the second hour was using refrigerator magnets. I plugged SciFaiku. This was my first time at this convention. 17,000 fifteen-year-olds. Yikes! Got a good enough turn out, about 10 people for each hour.

I think that's me up-to-the-minute. Thanks!Read more

Poetry Update #18

Spent today at a poetry workshop run by ChiZine poetry editor Sandra Kasturi and my brother David Clink the poetrymachine.com webmaster. It was a great workshop, well run, good location, etc. We did 14 different poetry exercises. I ended up with about 22 1/2 first draft poems.

Also, the Global Warnings anthology I'm in (new title: A Verdant Green: A Poetry Anthology to Celebrate the Lives of Anna and William McCoy) is launching on March 4th. I'm in with some great Canadian poets: bill bissett, Allan Briesmaster, Jenna Butler, George Elliott Clarke, Karen Connelly, Barry Dempster, Maureen Scott Harris, Stephen Humphrey, Sandra Kasturi, Carolyn Malyon, Allan Glenn Rose, and Raymond Souster. David Clink is the editor.

I had a poem accepted by Star*Line last month -- to appear later in the year.

I have to submit 3 tanka to Gusts for their February 15 deadline. Oh, and in December, I submitted to Ice Floe, poetry of the far north. Have not heard back.

I keep missing meetings of my poetry workshop: the Algonquin Square Table. But should make it tomorrow. Polish up one of these exercise poems from today and take it in. :)Read more

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