Writing Tip: Speculative Poetry

Photo 12It is easy to write poetry about our emotions, struggles and the challenges of everyday life. For some, poems about nature are a delight to write. Then there are other poets who find people in their midst, a muse for their writing. Reality and the things before our eyes can be easy to compose into poetry. But what about the outrageous fantasies in our heads? The thoughts we sometimes get while staring at the stars wondering what lies beyond. Or the comfort we feel relating to every character in a crazy world like Wonderland. For some, it might be finding ease in dark, macabre places where things go bump in the night. Don’t be afraid to write about the odd and mysterious – that place where fantasy, myth, science, and fiction meld.

If you haven’t yet read such pieces of art, take a look at this article revealing 10 Great Science Fiction poems:

http://io9.com/5796769/crabmonsters-and-sentient-darkness-ten-great-scifi-poems

CS Lewis.jpgWith the influx of science fiction and fantasy in today’s movies, television shows and young adult novels, poetry in this genre should be popular today, yet it is somehow still lost in the shadows. One could follow in the footsteps of author Seth Grahame-Smith, who blended history with the macabre in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Science Fiction and dystopia meet in Rick Yancey’s The Fifth Wave trilogy. A war torn world living in fear of evolving technology is portrayed in “Second Variety,” a short story written by Philip K. Dick. All it takes is a unique idea and a fearless imagination to write a great speculative poem.

Here are a few famous writers who have dabbled in speculative poetry:

After reading a few of these magnificent poems, do you feel up to the challenge? One can take events of the past and rewrite them into an alternate future. Pick a star in the sky, and create an entire environment and species we have never read about before. There are many deep caverns, vast jungles and parts of the ocean we have yet to explore. Take advantage of such places to come up with new myths and mysteries in a poem. Let your imagination soar, and perhaps we can make speculative poetry as popular as all the other sources of art the majority have grown to appreciate.


Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.

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  1. I like speculation poetry. It’s a chance to let the minds imagination be as creative ad it wants to be free versive On May 25, 2016 3:01 PM, “Creative Talents Unleashed” wrote:

    > TheRaven6825 posted: “It is easy to write poetry about our emotions, > struggles and the challenges of everyday life. For some, poems about nature > are a delight to write. Then there are other poets who find people in their > midst, a muse for their writing. Reality and the things ” >

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