In James Robert Rudolph’s There Is No Malibu Cred in Santa Fe:
- How does the concluding stanza explain “Malibu Cred,” in the title?
- In what way is “stars” an ironic metaphor?
- Might readers in other places or times need a footnote to epxlain the cultural significance of Malibu and the location of Santa Fe?
- What tone distinguishes the poem in the genre of lyrical nature poetry? What is the moral of the poem?
In James Rumpel’s A Quest for Heaven:
- Why is “heaven” located where it is? What seems to be its function?
- The manager at the “complaint” desk creates a new reality for Tormot, one that fulfills his every wish. Does the “many worlds” theory in quantum physics and cosmology do something similar?
- What happens to the “old” reality, where Tormot’s wife and daughter both perish? Does Tormot die in that reality, too, when he is transported to the alternate reality of wish-fulfillment??
In Michael Wooff’s A Dizain for Palissy:
- What is a dizain? Who is Palissy?
- Are “bumps” more likely to “smooth” or decorate “anfractuosities”?
In Oonah V. Joslin’s Apollo 13, the poem admits that well-wishing cannot do what science and skill must do. And yet how might the wish justify the Apollo mission itself?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?