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May 16 2011

Do you like to write poems inspired by Buffy? If so, then this call for submissions for 'Buffy Verse' may just interest you.

This sounds wonderful! I already have some made!

Anyone know anything about this guy?
I think this is a great idea, but I'm dubious about the fact that she's sending out a call for submissions before the book has even been approved by a publisher.
There once was a hero named Buffy
Whose Watcher was terribly stuffy
In montage that time
Though her moves were sublime
He still seemed unreasonably huffy.


Well, it rhymes anyway ;).
I wrote these a while ago as a writing forfeit... but what the hell ;P

The joy of The Hellmouth in May?
Screwing The Slayer in a big way.
It’s tried a vamp horde,
Acathla and sword,
But Damn Buffy keeps saving the day.

******

The people of Sunnydale were blind,
They turned everything into a crime.
Missing kids and fangs,
They all blamed the gangs,
And the Mayor just crowed every time.

******

How did the Scoobs miss the invasion?
Guns and cammo for every occasion,
Huge complex and men, 
Mad science, "Yes, Ma'am!",
Hiding that took scary persuasion.

******

Post apocalypse party and vids,
Was the preference of all his kids.
Horror or action?
Their squabbling factions...
Giles sighed, craving to close both lids.

******

Rupert woke up one day not a man.
A garbling klutz spewing flem, he ran.
Embracing the thrill
Of horns, crush, and kill,
Joyous, he chased down the harridan.
It seems that "this guy", Skytteflickan88, is in fact a woman named Erin Lyndal Martin. (#justsayin)

Her bio on this page of something called Night Train Magazine states, "Erin Lyndal Martin received her MFA in Poetry at the University of Alabama. Her work has recently appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Denver Quarterly, and Hotel Amerika."

Naming no names and pointing no fingers, but as I recall somebody in here (okay, it was catherine ; >) wrote some utterly wonderful Whedon'verse with some specifically Buffy'verse po'try.

We've talked about Whedon'verse poetry a few times - these are the discussions that I know of:

"Scenes From Next Week's Buffy The Vampire Slayer" - a poem
William Shakespeare's Serenity
Whedonverse Sonnets--a fan project. (catherine's poetry)

(... and I wrote this li'l poem about the addition of Maurissa to the Whedon writing team at the time of the Tancharoen/Whedon wedding announcement)

I think I may have something at least passable kicking around somewhere and I'll look, but nothing as perfectly effulgent as Saje's and BreathesStory's above, and catherine's beautiful stuff. I started a Buffy sonnet based on her end speech in "Checkpoint" but got no further than:

There will be no review, nor hoops nor jumps.
No questions, no -- nor any coils that vex.
I shall not sit to quizzes set to fail.
Let none gainsay, nor interrupt my speech.
Let all keep peace, for I will have my say.


'Cause po'try is wicked hard.


ETF: a thingy

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2011-05-16 18:09 ]
Quotergal! Quit procrastinating! Finish the damn sonnet! ;)

Well, I will come back and look at this later when my eyelids are less droopy but I have 26 submissions all ready, yay me!
Aha, just dug up the three "Joyce" sonnets I wrote after posting the first set, before burning out and changing my mind about the whole 100 sonnets thing!

Joyce, on denial

Denial can be useful; there are days
when all the truth is more than you can take
and so you learn to close your eyes, to make
excuses, rationales; this slight malaise
is something you get used to, you repeat
that all is well like you can make it so--
my marriage not a failure, there is no
blood on her clothes. This is not self-deceit,
it is survival. But there's always proof
of awful facts, demanding to be seen:
My daughters are not safe, nor what they seem;
I'm lonely; I have cancer. There's my truth.
Since I'm all out of Sweet Denial these days
I take from Bitter Truth his mixed bouquets.


Joyce, on acceptance

Not only horror, but relief as well
to know at last, and put away the fears
and varied speculations; shifting gears
to cope with the new facts and to dispel
my willful blindness. Yes, of course I knew
that there was someone else before he made
his overlong confession; And I played
the normal mom to normal girls, no clue
could shake me from my longing not to know.
I've put all that behind me now, embraced
the truths I hid from all those years and faced
all of the facts that used to scare me so.
To this alone, I still turn my blind eye:
that I might live to see my daughter die.


Joyce, "Band Candy"

What a relief it was to go astray -
that sliding back with every bite, and there
my old self waiting, effortless, aware,
as all the years between us fell away.
My marriage crumbling, my troubled child,
financial cares and solitary nights -
these are not mine and never were, my sights
set on this night alone, and going wild.
Like waking from a nightmare in a sweat
and shaking off the shadows, I became
for one more night, the girl I was, inflamed
with careless passions, free of all regret.
But if you asked me now, would I return,
I'd say even my hardships are hard-earned.
I've been waiting for your book to come out, catherine.

C'mon. It's not like you've been busy. :)
To me, the songs, like the Megan Gogerty ones, are funnier and better to get the rhythm.

patxshand said:
I think this is a great idea, but I'm dubious about the fact that she's sending out a call for submissions before the book has even been approved by a publisher.


You're probably right that it won't get a printed release without apublisher before, but Slayage had started to collect Buffy essays before the Buffy book of filosophy.
catherine, your Joyce-sonnets are so cherce - thanks for posting them.

*mutters* I will finish the Checkpoint sonnet, I will finish the Checkpoint sonnet, I will finish the Checkpoint sonnet.
Hey, that's cheating, you can't just say the same thing three times and claim it rhymes ! Or can you ? Hmmm... *hatches cunning plan to write LOTS of poetry*.

(and agreed, you should finish yours QG, crackin' start. And also agreed about everyone else's, good stuff. Enjoyed catherine's even more once I shook some morning off my brain - I was like "That's not much like Joyce, I can totally understand it for one thing" then I thought of the other, more Buffy germane Joyce and things made a lot more sense. A.M. really isn't my bag, i'm definitely more pro meridian)
Saje, it's rude to cut a person off.

Please continue, in your time, QuoterGal.
catherine, I've had your "fan-sonneteer" page bookmarked forever, just checked to see if it's still up. I wouldn't want to lose those, they are really excellent.
Well, i probably won't submit my lyric "BLinded By the Ashes" because I have a self-copyright on it which I've included in eveyr on-line psoting and every copy mailed or emailed to Aly or Amber. Plius the lyrics are universalized; I still have fantasies of Martina or Carrie or Reba recording it.

Trouble with all my stuff; the Buffyverse connections aren't obvious from the words (or, except for "Tara Maclay Watches CSI: Cold Case, a sukoshioto) the titles.) "I INstead Of You" is Willow's grief on the flight to England but never mentions her or Tara by name, likewise "What I Want From YOu" could be any spirit talking to her lover from beyond the grave. "Dark WInged Virtue" could be from any guy to a woman who brought him into a world he couldn't've imagined before but loves, since I don't use the names Spike or Drusilla. Likewise "The Bleeding Hearts" doesn't mention Harmony so it could be from any mother mourning a daughter who's become a vampire.
^^

Maybe we're allowed to write a line or twom explaining the poem? Would make it easier.
^^

Maybe we're allowed to write a line or twom explaining the poem? Would make it easier.
Well, i probably won't submit my lyric "BLinded By the Ashes" because I have a self-copyright on it which I've included in eveyr on-line psoting and every copy mailed or emailed to Aly or Amber.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise you'd maintain copyright on anything submitted, you just give permission for them to reproduce it ("All rights reserved..." as you used to have to declare but strictly don't anymore). Just as we all maintain copyright on our posts here (by default).
Just as we all maintain copyright on our posts here

Oh, thank goodness. :)
I know right ? Imagine if someone else had to take the blame. Doubt I could carry that much bad karma ;).

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