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Mythic Delirium #20

Mythic Delirium #20Mythic Delirium # 20
Edited by Mike Allen
Reviewed by Deborah J. Brannon

Although the tenth anniversary edition is the first Mythic Delirium volume I’ve ever read, I’ve long been aware of the publication by reputation: many poems have appeared in Mythic Delirium (or related titles edited also by Mike Allen) that have later been nominated for the SFWA’s Rhysling Awards or been honored in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (2007), such as “The Descent of the Corn-Queen of the Midwest” by Catherynne M. Valente, “Songs for an Ancient City” by Amal El-Mohtar, and “To the River” by Jessica Paige Wick. One poem even recently won a Rhysling: “Eating Light” by F.J. Bergmann in 2008 (short poem category). (By clicking on those links, you can hear the poems read, often by the poet. Amal El-Mohtar’s poetry is an especially sensuous delight when read by herself.)

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