Bram Stoker Award nominee 2003.
A poetry collection.
Pitchblend by Bruce Boston collects thirty-two new and previously published poems. Selected and with an Introduction by Michael Arnzen. Illustrated by Marge Simon.
Poems included are "Flesh Bone Blood," "The Lesions of Genetic Sin," "Like an Addict Glowing," "Alien Quarry," "Pavane for a Cyber-Princess," "The Canticles of Rage," "In Far Pale Clarity," "Ghost Blood," "The Prince Comes in Velvet," "She Was There for Him the Last Time," and twenty-two other poems.
"...Pitchblende is radioactive. It's a mineralized form of uranium oxide-black and hard and dangerous. It looks something like crystallized coal cracked right out of the gates of hell; it's darker than tar and stronger than time and its lethal nature is sneaky and invisible and inescapable once you've touched it. Killer rock.
A fitting metaphor for the rock solid poetry of Bruce Boston. It's scary, powerful stuff. And it's got a half-life that will outlive you. This poetry stands the test of time..."
–From the introduction by Michael Arnzen
Bruce Boston (born 1943) is an American speculative fiction writer and poet who was born in Chicago and grew up in Southern California.
Bruce Boston has won the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry a record seven times: for Best Long Poem in 1989 and 1999, and for Best Short Poem in 1985, 1988, 1994, 1996, and 2001, and the Asimov's Readers' Award for poetry a record six times: 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2008. He has also received a Pushcart Prize for fiction, 1976, the Bram Stoker Award for his poetry collections Pitchblende, 2003, Shades Fantastic, 2006, and The Nightmare Collection, 2008, and the first Grandmaster Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, 1999. His collaborative poem with ... (more)