Since it’s Cake & Hyperbull Poetry Lunchbreak, I’m doing a lite version of the usual post. To see my book mail, visit yesterday’s post here. For the rest, here’s all the lit news I’ve heard in the last week, plus anything that comes up during the show. You can visit my co-hostess Amy Zoellers at her Etsy shop here:

Today’s poetry challenge was to write a canzonet with the phrase “my beret is full of questions.” Here’s mine so you can read along if you like:

TEARS WONDERFUL—a haiku canzonet

My beret is full
of questions, falling like curls
like tears, wonderful
falling, silver pearls.
Give heart strings a pull—
risky tenderness.
Me, vulnerable—
no love? Life is valueless.

To be a human
born under duress
is to be a broken plan
falling short of “best.”
Unlawful, flaw-full—
to spite it all, I fall short.
Shattered, beautiful
all flesh and bloodsport.

A canzonet uses a ABABACAC DEDEAFAF rhyme scheme. You can read more about this poetry form at


This evening I’ll be joining fellow Giving the Devil His Due authors Jason Sanford and Rebecca Brewer for READ FOR PIXELS 2021: The Devil at Home – Writing about Domestic Violence in Speculative Fiction, a discussion of domestic violence in spec fiction and how we can approach these issues appropriately in our work. This goes live here at 8:30 pm EST/7:30 CST.

Win a booth for SPECFAIRe coming up on October 8! More details at

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at

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