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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY POETRY:
MISCELLANEOUS CONTEMPORARY POETS
by
JONATHAN VOS POST

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11.0 MISCELLANEOUS CONTEMPORARY POETS

There are 80 references to be examined more thoroughly from Contemporary Poets, ed. Rosalie Murphy, Preface by C. Day Lewis, London: St.James Press, New York: St.Martin's Press, 1970, 1243 pages. Those in BOLD deserve special attention. These include: David Antin, b.1932 MARGARET ELEANOR ATWOOD, b.1939 Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907-xxx, UK Garvin Marcus August Bantock, b.1939, UK, strongly interested in Einstein and Astronomy George Barker, b.1913, UK Gaston Bart-Williams, b.1938, Sierra Leone, BBC serial: Science and Modern Africa Taner Baybars, b.1936, Cyprus/UK, "scientific mysticism" Samuel Beckett, 1906-xxx, Ireland Henry Eric Beissel, b.1929, Canada, "...computers, hydrogen bombs and technocracy -- these are phases of dehumanization" Charles G. Bell, b.1916, author "The Mechanistic Replacement of Purpose in Biology", Philosophy of Science, Jan.1948 Marvin Hartley Bell, b.1937, Jane Yolen (in postcard to me postmarked 3 Oct 93) recommended his "Dead Man poems" Paul Blackburn, b.1926, themes include "technology" Robert Bly, b.1926, as fantasy poet Alan Norman Bold, b.1943, Scotland, "if there are other poets who concentrate on politics and science, then I have affinities with them.... I am mainly concerned in my poems to explore the insights made available through scientific research and political change..." Richard Brautigan, 1935-xxx, [added him to Fantasy author list already] CECIL GORDON CHALLIS, b.1932, New Zealand, "I have been strongly influenced by ... Ray Bradbury. The scientific flavour is also marked and shows up in concepts from physics, social psychology, and the theory of learning ... B.F.Skinner..." Leonard Cohen, b.1934, Canada, also novelist songwriter with mythological/modern bent Alexander Comfort, b.1920, UK, scientist/doctor/editor/poet/translator ROBERT CONQUEST, b.1917, UK, 3 books of verse including Between Mars and Venus, NY: St.Martin, 1962, and appeared in [LIST THIS IN BODY OF ARTICLE!}: A Book of Science Verse, London: Macmillan, 1961 Ralph Nixon Currey, b.1907, South Africa/UK, This Other Planet, London: Routlege & Kegan Paul, 1945, is war poems with very high tech/SF feel Ronald Albin Dahl, b.1938 DEB KUMAR DAS, b.1935, India, experimented (Seattle) with "new forms of training semi-literates in higher mathematics." Says: "Space exploration and technological images/themes appear frequently in my poetry, because of my search for modern metaphors..." Donald Alfred Davie, b.1922, UK, critical book: The Language of Literature and the Language of Science, London: Sheed & Ward, 1963 Babette Deutch, b.1895, "To the Moon, 1969" James Dickey, b.1923, some high-tech/aeronautical poems Diane di Prima, b.1934, novel title: The Calculus of Variation Rosemary Dobson, b.1920, Australia, rewrites ancient myths Bob Dylan, b.1941, definitely in the surreal/fantasy/SF world Abbie Huston Evans, 1881-xxx,"most recent work reflects increasingly contemporary discoveries in Natural Science" Mary Fabilli, b.1914, "In this world of mass culture, neutron bombs, statistics, computers, space-rockets, jammed freeways ... it is important that the cracked and dissenting voice of the individual be heard..." JOHN FAIRFAX, b.1930, UK, in Holding Your Eight Hands, "Two main themes (at present): one is the Space Odyssey..."; edited Frontier of Going: An Anthology of Space Poetry, Panther, 1969 Peter Finch, b.1947, Wales, worked with computers, Pieces of the Universe Robert Sutherland Garioch, b.1909, Edinburgh Scotland, "the man of his time brooding on science and suffering..." Allen Ginsberg, b.1926, we've talked and corresponded repeatedly about science & poetry (as well as about the T'ang poet Su Tung-Po), at several lengthy meetings in Amherst, Massachusetts (we discussed Artificial Intelligence, he said "How can you put the mind in a box when there is no mind?"); on the Jersey Shore (which I wrote up in Sound Options), New York City (the biggest anti-war demonstration outside the United Nations), in Brooklyn (with David Amraam), on the Lower East Side, and briefly (discussing this reference) at the 1994 A.B.A. in Los Angeles. He offered once to bring me to the Naropa Institute to study poetry with himself and William Burroughs: I arrogantly refused, demanding that I be allowed to teach the relationship between poetry and science... PHYLLIS FAY GOTLIEB (nŽe Bloom), b.1926, married to Calvin Gotlieb (Director of the Institute of Computer Science, U.Toronto), SFWA member ROBERT RANKE GRAVES, 1895-xxx, UK, major modern myth man Donald Hall, b.1928, "school of fantasy, or neo-surrealism ... Wright, Bly, Merwin, Kinnell..." Michael Hamburger, b.1924, UK, Gwendoline Nessie Harwood, b.1920, Australia, poem sequence about the fictional scientist Professor Eisenbart Anselm Hollo, b.1934, Finland, studied chemistry and physics, grandfather was organic chemist Graham Goulder Hough, b.1908, UK, Legends and pastorals, London: Duckworth, 1961; edited & published criticisms on Faerie Queen, Orlando Furioso, Coleridge David Ignatow, b.1929, "...scientific developments, the works of mythologies..." X.J. Kennedy, b.1929, formerly very active in the science fiction fan community; outstanding ballad "The Man in the Man-made Moon" in Nude Descending a Staircase, Doubleday, 1961, Lamont Award of the Academy of American Poets; most of his books of childrens' verse have a considerable science fiction element, including: Drat These Brats!, Macmillan, 1993; The Beasts of Bethlehem, Macmillan, 1992; Talking Like the Rain, Little Brown, 1992; The Kite that Braved Old Orchard Beach, Macmillan, 1991; Ghastlies, Goops and Pincushions, Macmillan, 1989; The Forgetful Wishing Well, Atheneum, 1985; Knock at a Star, Little Brown 1982; Did Adam Name the Vinegarroon?, David R. Godine, 1982; The Phantom Ice Cream Man, Atheneum, 1975; One Winter Night in August, Atheneum, 1975. James Kirkup, b.1923, UK, "... science and space exploration, UFO's, legend..." Christopher Lee, b.1913, UK, "... mathematics and ideas derived from the sciences" Edward Lucie-Smith, b.1933, Jamaica/UK, edited Holding Your Eight Hands: A Book of Science Fiction Verse, New York: Doubleday, 1969, London: Rapp and Whiting, 1970 Norman MacCaig, b.1910, Scotland, a major poet about whose naturalist & scientific images I have been writing a detailed essay Hugh MacDiarmid, 1892-xxxx, Scotland, "...very long discursive poems embracing scientific and political subject matter, and a world-wide concern with linguistics..." (Jean) Jay MacPherson, b.1931, Canada, textbooks on myth and fairytales Eli (Elias Wolf) Mandel, b.1922, Canada, "interested in mythopoeic theories of Northrop Frye... Blake..." Kenneth Alan McRobbie, b.1929, Canada, Jupiter-C: Poems for the Missile Age, Toronto: Contact Press, 1958 Marianne Moore, 1887-xxx, biomedical, nauralism, quite in my science poems ms. EDWIN (GEORGE) MORGAN, b. 1920, Scotland, "...I am drawn to ... a highly imaginative poetry exploring time and space as in science-fiction...", a major translation of Beowulf, translated Mayakovsky into Scots (my wife and I met him, courtesy of space activist & Science Fiction author/editor/poet Duncan Lunan, when the two of them came by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh) (Frederick) Ogden Nash, 1902-xxxx, mentioned in Fantasy section Barrie Phillip (bpNichol) Nichol, b.1944, Canada, SF/pop culture references Kenneth Patchen, 1911-xxxx, prophetic/mythic/Blakean/Whitmanesque/visionary John Perreault, b.1937, "...linguistics, technology..." Lenri (Leopold) Peters, b.1932, Gambia, uses experience as surgeon Marge Piercy, born when?, SF novels, sent me 19-page bibliography John Sleigh Pudney, b.1909, UK, nonfiction books on aviation and aeronautics Kathleen (Jessie) Raine, b.1908, UK, trained botanist & geologist, M.A. in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, "biological studies... poetry is the language of imagination..." James Crerar Reaney, b.1926, Canada, studied with Northrop Frye, "... mythopoeic themes ... Reaney as editor has sometimes taken up characteristic positions critical of science..." Roland Edward Robinson, b.1912, Australia, a transcriber of Aboriginal myths James Schevill, b.1920, "...a scientist like Fabre..." Mehdi Ali Seljouk, b.1935, Pakastan, renaissance man, Biblical/Quran/Hindu/Greek myths Gopal Sharman, b.1935, India, "literature, mathematics, cosmology, and music .... The Western view of time, space and phenomena which comes closest to the view which informs my work is the Steady State concept of Professor Fred Hoyle..." Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 1897-xxxx, UK (Baronet), Donne & Gargantua Stuart Slater, b.1934, New Zealand, psychology researcher, "...living and mechanical processes, whether of engines, lichens, amoeba, or humans..." Stevie (Florence Maragaret) Smith, 1902-xxxx, UK, "Her bent is toward fantasy and fable ... couched in a sort of SF allegory..." GEORGE STARBUCK, b.1931, educated at CALTECH, U.Chicago, Harvard, Cambridge, "experiments on language... Important experience? Majoring in mathematics as CalTech..." Douglas Alexander Stewart, b.1913, Australia, "...the scientist is the modern equivalent of the explorer who, in his quest for truth and enlargement of the human mind, is the colleague, not the enemy, of the artist..." Colin Thomas Elliot Style, b.1937, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), "I aim at absorbing the vocabulary and subjects of technology and medicine and making them viable poetry, making worthwhile assessments for the manipulations of these engines ... atomic language, rockets..." Norman Clare Talbot, b.1936, UK, "there will also be a group of science-fiction poems... I'm aiming for a firmer control of pace and narrative in a large science-fiction poem (for the moment called McMurdo)..." Nathaniel Tarn, b.1928, UK, professional anthropologist D(onald M(ichael) THOMAS, b.1935, UK, "I often use science-fictional themes, as myths, regarding SF as the powerful mythology of our time. Our 'present moment' is a broad spectrum, taking in the potentialities of the future..." [see p.80] Hone Tuwhare, born when?, New Zealand, the first Maori to achieve recognition as a poet in English ... combine elements of traditional Maori verse, a-bomb book No Ordinary Sun, Auckland NZ: Blackwood & Janet Paul, 1964 was the most-read book of New Zealand poetry in the 1960s Robert Vas Dias, 1931, born in London but American, edited Inside Outer Space Peter Robert Edwin Viereck, b.1916, novel Who Killed the Universe? Derek Alton Walcott, b.1930, St.Lucia, Nobel Prize, Ulysses in the Caribbean Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, b.1939, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), M.A. & Ph.D. (Commonwealth Scholar) in Astronomy at Trinity College, Cambridge, studied with (and co-worker with) Professor Fred Hoyle, considers himself primarily an astronomer and mathematician. Poems, Colombo, privately printed, 1958; nonfiction Interstellar Grains, London: Chapman & Hall, 1967. Co-originator of Directed Panspermia theory of interstellar orgins of terrestrial life *** end Misc. Contemporary Poets section ***

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