Journey into the Extraordinary World of Speculative Poetry

What an interesting genre

Devette Lindsay
4 min readApr 28, 2023
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Happy National Poetry Month

As this month of celebrating poetry comes to a close, I want to share a great find with you. I recently enjoyed reading “Black From The Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing”. Sprinkled between the unsettling short stories about malfunctioning humans and treacherous technology, are a few interesting pieces of speculative poetry. I was surprised to learn that this is an actual genre complete with practitioners, hard-core fans, a professional organization, and its own prestigious honor, known as the Rhysling Award.

What is Speculative Poetry?

Most forms of poetry, such as a sonnet or haiku, are defined by their structural design. Speculative poetry is defined by its theme. Themes include the fantastical, the mythological, the futuristic, the weird, and the horrific. Whether a poetic work is composed in free verse or iambic pentameter, if it explores the unknown, the poem qualifies as speculative poetry.

It’s not easy to pin down who really coined the term “speculative poetry” but it is often used interchangeably with “science fiction poetry”. The chilling poem “The Raven “ by Edgar Allan Poe (1945) is considered by some to be…



Devette Lindsay

I'm a book reviewer and aspiring author dedicated to building a community by sharing my love for books and offering tips for new writers and creatives.