In my never ending search for paying poetry markets, I came across one yesterday new to me called Scifaikuest, an e-zine dedicated to short form Japanese poetry but with a sci-fi or horror twist (http://samsdotpublishing.com/scifaikuest/cover.htm). It only pays a dollar or two per poem, but the rate per word is actually at the professional level. The magazine publishes the following forms:
- Haiku but with a sci-fi or horror theme, also called "scifaiku"
- Senryu: "a haiku-like poem of a humorous or satirical nature dealing with human matters," which again, for this market, must have a sci-fi or horror theme
- Tanka: like a haiku, but with a fourth and fifth line each 7 syllables in length (5-7-5-5-7-7)
I composed five new poems with Scifaikuest in mind:
Hydrocarbon snow: a scifaiku about Saturn's moon Titan.
A Living Protein: my first ever tanka, its subject is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease).
Pointing and Laughing: my first ever senryu, it speaks to the irony that people sometimes laugh when they are feeling insecure or frightened.
Particle or Wave: a re-working of my free-form poem, Photon, into the haiku form. I think I may like it better as haiku.
Coagulation: A 3-word, 5-7-5 scifaiku that describes the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. As a lover of minimalist poetry, I am particularly proud of this one. I started by writing down all of the 5 and 7 syllable words I could think of. After a while, I started to see a pattern in the words, and a poem emerged.