They're Making A Beowulf TV Show, Naked Angelina Jolie Not Included

Here's your new Beowulf: Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons) has been cast as the Medieval hero, who fights a monster during the Dark Ages. He'll star in ITV's TV series based on the classic epic poem. » 3/12/15 10:48am 3/12/15 10:48am

Archy And Mehitabel Deserve To Be Listed Among Fantasy's Best Characters

When people list the most important fantasy characters of all time, they often leave out a few classics that just happen to be off the beaten track. Like Asterix. But also, Archy and Mehitabel, the cockroach and alley cat who captured the imaginations of a whole generation. » 2/02/15 11:20am 2/02/15 11:20am

How Did Edgar Allan Poe Manage To Describe The Big Bang In 1848?

They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem "Eureka" in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single "primordial particle" that exploded outwards in "one instantaneous flash." But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something. » 1/28/15 7:00pm 1/28/15 7:00pm

This Ode To Batman From A Starlog Contest Winner Is Poetic Genius

The team over Comics Alliance dug through old copies of Starlog Magazine recently (as you do) and came across the best piece of Batman poetry since... well, ever. The Dark Knight has inspired many creatives over the years, but perhaps never so strangely brilliant as this. » 1/15/15 4:34pm 1/15/15 4:34pm

Today's Greatest Science Fiction Short Story Is A Poem

The poem "Sci-Fi Violence" by Josh Bell (No Planets Strike) manages to tell a complete story of alien attacks and the trauma suffered by a survivor, with just a few well-chosen images here and there. It's totally intense, and it's well worth the five or six minutes it'll take to read. » 1/06/15 6:30pm 1/06/15 6:30pm

This Math Equation Is Also A Limerick

This week's Sunday Puzzle looks like a mathematical equation. Well, it is a mathematical equation. But hidden in that equation is a poem. Can you recite it back to us? » 12/28/14 1:45pm 12/28/14 1:45pm

How Many Scifi References Can You Catch At The Nerd Poetry Slam?

On January 15, the Vancouver Poetry House Society held its annual Nerd Poetry Slam. Matt Loeb's came in fifth, but I really feel like "Sci Lingo We Ride" deserves a ton of accolades. The references fly thick and fast in this poem. » 11/26/14 11:15pm 11/26/14 11:15pm

If You Don't Understand Why People Love Erotic Fanfic, Watch This Now

In her slam poem Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them, Brenna Twohy quickly gets to the heart of why so many people love their erotica attached to familiar fictional characters while powerfully critiquing certain types of mainstream pornography. » 8/20/14 7:40pm 8/20/14 7:40pm

A Latin Poem So Filthy, It Wasn't Translated Until The 20th Century

Any student of Latin lyric poetry will tell you that Catullus' poems get pretty raunchy, obsessed with genitalia, semen, and sex in general. But one of his poems is so vulgar that an uncensored modern English translation wasn't published until the 20th century. » 6/11/14 3:40pm 6/11/14 3:40pm

We Can't Stop Grinning At This Animation About A Delusional Stegosaurus

The rhyming animated short Wayne the Stegosaurus feels like a children's book come to life. This pea-brained dinosaur may be stupid, but he also leads an incredibly charming life. » 5/29/14 3:40pm 5/29/14 3:40pm

Check Out These Fantastic Examples of Sign Language Poetry

This short video shows us three different American Sign Language poems - two of which are less than a minute long. They give us an idea of poetry that is entirely out of most mainstream experience, and surprisingly understandable. » 5/19/14 2:20pm 5/19/14 2:20pm

Read The Dirty And Scientific Limericks That Isaac Asimov Wrote

When he wasn't writing science fiction, writer Isaac Asimov was composing his Lecherous Limericks, dirty little ditties he wrote for his own amusement. So what does Asimov's bawdy poetry sound like? » 4/29/14 10:40am 4/29/14 10:40am

Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon?

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet? » 4/14/14 10:27am 4/14/14 10:27am

JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf is finally going to be published

One of the major influences on The Hobbit was the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, which was the subject of many of J.R.R. Tolkien's lectures. Now, 90 years after Tolkien translated the poem, his version of Beowulf is finally coming to print. » 3/19/14 1:20pm 3/19/14 1:20pm

Can you tell the difference between poetry written by a human and poetry generated by a computer? Bot or Not is a Turing test for poetry; take the quiz to see if you can guess the provenance of each poem. It turns out that some of those bots aren't half-bad poets. » 3/03/14 3:20pm 3/03/14 3:20pm

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