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The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year's featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association. The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year's featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.


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The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year's featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association. The Horror Writers Associations presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year's featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.

34 review for HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume VII

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    The introduction by Stephanie Wytovich concludes, "I hope poetry will continue to keep you going, to keep you fighting and loving, because we need you and we need each other." And this resonates with me because there was a time when poetry and I were strangers. I was intimidated by poetry. Some of what I had read, previously, felt inaccessible and difficult for me to understand. It made me feel stupid, quite honestly. Or that the author was keeping their readers in the dark on purpose, which felt The introduction by Stephanie Wytovich concludes, "I hope poetry will continue to keep you going, to keep you fighting and loving, because we need you and we need each other." And this resonates with me because there was a time when poetry and I were strangers. I was intimidated by poetry. Some of what I had read, previously, felt inaccessible and difficult for me to understand. It made me feel stupid, quite honestly. Or that the author was keeping their readers in the dark on purpose, which felt uncomfortable. Flash forward to the last few years and I have found horror poetry! Now I can read poems and feel like I'm part of the conversation. This is my love language. There's a note from the judges written by Gwendolyn Kiste and she explains how poetry started with Poe. I can't believe I never considered that I actually walked on my first bridge into poetry with Edgar Allan Poe! How did I ever lose my way after that? But now for this collection: I'll highlight some of my favorites, the ones that grabbed ahold of something inside of me and twisted: ARE MONSTERS BORN THIS WAY by Jessica Stevens- something I think all women could relate to BLOOD, BRAIN by Donna Lynch- "So many years before infection/ When we still recognized ourselves MONSTERS BLEED by Naching T. Kassa- I loved the rhythm for this one; like a drumbeat SHADES OF DOMESTICITY by Sumiko Saulson- Like a flash fiction story! SHATTER by K. P. Kulski- "Oh to hell with mirrors" I loved this! CURTAINS by Michael Arnzen- This was so creepy! I loved it. I wanted an illustration HAUNTED by Christina Sng- Also creepy. Perfect to go with the previous poem in the collection, actually THE MIDNIGHT GAME by Cynthia Pelayo- Oooooh! This was dark! I loved this WALKING SAM by Owl Goingback- this one hurts; painful. Memorable. CROSSROADS CONJURE by Kerri-Leigh Grady- also painful. Also memorable. Unsettling MOTHER YOLK by Sarah Read- so visual! RED, RED, RED by Annie Neugebauer- "Remember?" WE LIVE THROUGH THIS by Lisa Morton- I had these visuals of man marching on fighting battles and marching, fighting, losing, wining, marching... LULLABY FOR IMMINENTLY MURDERED CHILDREN by Mercedes Yardley- I mean, I love everything Mercedes write. No exception. This was wonderful RETOURNE by Lee Merry- such a vivid opening line "What should I wear to the hanging" THROAT STARS by Sara Tantlinger- Sara never disappoints. Such beautiful word choices, I honestly don't know how she does it 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 for Goodreads.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace Reynolds

    I really enjoyed this and have found myself going back to read selected poems a couple of times now! The curated pieces weave together a perfectly horrific collection of poetry. I feel that each poem compliments the next and I really appreciate that in this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Rabig

    Perfect Such a great collection- I'll definitely pick up the other volumes! (and anything with Tantlinger's poems is an auto-buy for me) Perfect Such a great collection- I'll definitely pick up the other volumes! (and anything with Tantlinger's poems is an auto-buy for me)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brianne Campbell

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Stevens

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roni Stinger

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aspen Reid

  9. 4 out of 5

    G.O. Clark

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  11. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Read

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerri-leigh

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara Tantlinger

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann Schwader

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shubhangi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lina Palmlöf

  18. 5 out of 5

    Henry Macaulay Ntow-Adjekum

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hilani

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryann

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anku Rawat

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Haas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Voodooenglishman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maggy San

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes Yardley

  26. 5 out of 5

    MoonSugar

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Morris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Read

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suz Jay

  31. 5 out of 5

    Allie Marini

  32. 5 out of 5

    john r jones

  33. 4 out of 5

    Chris Benston

  34. 5 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

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