Monday, October 22, 2018

Book Review | HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich

The HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V is an anthology of dark poetry edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich.

The fifth volume of HWA's acclaimed annual poetry anthology features dark verse by Donna Lynch, R. J. Joseph, Sara Tantlinger, and many more.

Each year the Horror Writers Association opens a call for submissions to the members of the HWA for the annual poetry showcase.

Selections for the showcase are chosen by a jury, and this year's showcase was judged by Mercedes M. Yardley and Michael A. Arzen. Stephanie M. Wytovich was editor.

I really enjoyed this anthology of poems.

The HWA Poetry Showcase is the perfect way to discover new poets who write dark poetry. I immediately ordered a collection from Cynthia Pelayo after reading her poem, and several other poets were added to my wishlist.

Some of my favorite poems in the showcase were:

I Am by Cynthia Pelayo
It's Coming by Rob E. Boley
He Said by Kerri-Leigh Grady
Libri Haruspicy by Amanda Hard
Thirst by Annie Neugebauer
The Witch Hunt by Jacopo della Quercia
The Joy of Sewing by Christina Sng

If you are looking for a great anthology of poetry and a way to discover some current dark poets, I recommend checking out Volume V of the HWA Poetry Showcase.



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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I’m impressed with people who like poetry. I can’t wrap my head around poems so I admire people who can.

    1. Thanks, Jenny. I can't always wrap my head around them, but I sure love the ones that I can.

  2. I never thought to look into dark poetry. Thanks for putting this on my radar.


    1. You're welcome. I've been really enjoying exploring dark poetry this year.

  3. I can't say I've read a lot of poetry, but I'm happy to know there is a sub genre of horror poetry, so cool!

    1. I agree. I love so much that there is dark poetry.

  4. Thank you so much for the mention! This was a great anthology and I'm extremely proud to be a part of it. :)


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