This Health Scare Article from TIME Is Full of Unfortunate Haikus

When a reader sends a particularly poetic message to the Jezebel inbox, some of the writers will notice the message's linguistic symmetry and gleefully announce, "Haiku!" Truthfully, most of these messages aren't perfect haikus (or "hokkus" for all those Ezra Pound fascists lurking in the comments), but they are very… » 2/23/14 6:01pm 2/23/14 6:01pm

The final Iain Banks book will be published next February

Sadly, it's not a novel — but it's still pretty exciting to have one last glimpse inside the mind of the legendary author. A collection of Banks' poetry, co-written by The Night Sessions author Ken MacLeod and edited by MacLeod, will be published on Feb. 16, 2015, which would have been Banks' 61st birthday. » 2/18/14 12:40pm 2/18/14 12:40pm

Texts from William Blake is our new favorite thing

William Blake was regarded as insane by his contemporaries, due in no small part to the same "cryptic flights of poetic fire" and "marvellous, ineffable pictures" that would later see him labeled a genius. But brilliant though he was*, it's hard to read "Texts from William Blake" and not sympathize with those… » 10/23/13 1:20pm 10/23/13 1:20pm

10 Ways John Milton's Paradise Lost Is Like a Bad Comic Book

Yes, it's a great achievement of English literature. Yes, it's a deep work of spiritual belief and should be given due consideration. And yet, for some reason, Paradise Lost stumbles over the same things that bad comic books do. We're going to look at ten mistakes that serial-fiction writers make — even the famous… » 1/18/13 10:54am 1/18/13 10:54am

Did John Milton invent science fiction?

He's Khan Noonien Singh's favorite poet — but is Milton also the creator of science fiction? Milton met Gallileo, and worked lots of sciencey details into his work, and Paradise Lost hints at life on other planets. There's also Milton's "obsession with secret, all-powerful technologies." Check out Slate for all the… » 12/24/12 1:42pm 12/24/12 1:42pm

A humble, odd little movie that might make you happy for no reason

Filmmaker Florina Titz wrote to io9 to tell us about her strange new short film, Kurupuru, which she described enticingly as being about "glitches, systems, maps, unicorns and brothels." Here's the official synopsis: » 12/19/12 8:03pm 12/19/12 8:03pm

Also, I have never seen a movie based on a poem. Here is the poem that filmmaker Florina Titz…