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Paul March-Russell

Science-Fiction Poetry Anthology Reviewed

Science-fiction (sf) poetry has had an inglorious past. With the exception of Edwin Morgan, to whom this present collection is dedicated, few mainstream poets have attempted the genre. At the same time, poems rarely appeared in sf magazines until Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds which, as part of its avant-garde affiliations, featured the sf experiments of poets such as George MacBeth, Peter Redgrove and D.M. Thomas. The latter, especially in ‘The Head Rape’ (1968), found a narrative style and content that complemented the fiction although, in retrospect, the poems strain for hallucinogenic effects. 

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Date: 17 May 2015

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