The post below was written by Rob Sturma and shared with his permission. Spread the word. Let’s make this anthology happen!
I’d like to lead off this note with a poem by my dear friend Eric Morago:
Thor Loses His Hammer
He staggers into my home tear-drunk,
gold locks reeking of booze and puke,
snot dangling from his perfect nose.
I ask, What happened?
It’s gone, he says. I can’t find it.
He sits, sinks into the cushions,
cries more than any god should.
Loki? I suggest, quick to help.
First place I tried—beat him to a pulp
then ransacked the underworld
Hela told me to check with the frost giants.
No luck there, either.
As he speaks, his voice shakes
with so much loss I ache for him—
helplessly, like having to see a child
break, bawling over a popped balloon.
I brew us coffee.
He takes his mug in his large god hands,
thanks me and asks what he should do.
Can’t the dwarves just make another?
He says I don’t understand.
Tells me it was a gift from Odin—
the only hard proof of his father’s love.
But I do—years before my father left,
he gave me a watch I’d never wear,
but made promise to always keep.
Now it rests in a sleek black box,
tucked away in my bedside drawer.
Often I forget it is there, except
on nights I can’t sleep, when I’ll hear
its faint ticking, and think to take it
from its grave, to feel the weight
of my father’s heart in my palm.
I want to tell Thor I understand,
but he has passed out on my couch,
curled into a muscular ball, snoring—
and I wonder,
if Thor cannot find his hammer,
how long before we all feel his loss,
how long before we miss the thunder
from our skies.
So this is then a call to arms. If this were a movie trailer, it might “From the guy who brought you Aim For The Head comes something really…super.” Or maybe not. At any rate, I’m accepting submissions for a poetry anthology about heroes. Superheroes, specifically. I’m also willing to look at fiction, but it would have to be flash fiction or micro-fiction or whatever the kids are calling the short short stories these days.
I’m doing this the same way I did Aim, in that I’m independently soliciting the poems, and will do a first round of selections to assemble a manuscript that I will then shop to a publisher.
How and Where to Submit:
- The email address to send your submissions: email@example.com
- The subject line should read Superhero Anthology – [your name].
- You can either paste your submissions into the body of the email, or attach them as a .doc or.docx file.
- The deadline will be June 30th at midnight. Feel free to share or reblog this with anyone who you feel may be interested. I want this to celebrate superheroes in the same way we did for zombie culture.
If you have any questions, feel free to inbox me or zap me a note to the gmail address.
Thanks in advance for your poems!