David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

Science Fiction Poetry & a Poem Sequel

Greetings Earthlings,

I've been writing a bunch of "sci-fi" poems as of late (though I guess I've been taking my chances with these since around 2012). The rekindling of my interest in sci-fi has taken a number of forms including what I read lately, allowing prog rock to consume me, my tattoos, and my chasing the interstellar wow of poems like Sarah Lindsay's Valhalla Burn Unit on the Moon Callisto.

Derek Lewis's adaptation of Michael Whelan's Descent, featured on Ray Bradury's The Martian Chronicles (Bantam Spectra) and now, my right arm.

Derek Lewis's adaptation of Michael Whelan's Descent, featured on Ray Bradury's The Martian Chronicles (Bantam Spectra) and now, my right arm.

Last week, I was happy to see my poem "But What Did Their Skin Look Like?" posted to the Dusie Blog, which is curated by the hardest working man in poetry, Rob Mclennan. This is the first new poem I've written since my collection Everyone is CO2 was released last year, and 'Skin' sort of riffs off another poem I wrote ages ago for Paul Vermeersch's They Will Take My Island poetry project (now at 34 poems based on the Arshille Gorky painting of the same name).

They Will Take My Island by Arshille Gorky, to break up the text and keep this blog entry flowing...

They Will Take My Island by Arshille Gorky, to break up the text and keep this blog entry flowing...

Check out "Part 1" They Will Take My Island and "Part 2 "But What Did Their Skin Look Like?" and let me know what you think. Maybe a trilogy is in order? Or beyond...

And if you happen to have landed here because you Googled "sci-fi poetry," please let me know if you have any favourites that I should be reading.

Bon Voyage,

db