I've been writing poetry about Captain Picard since I was about 8 years old (no, you may not read it). Now I'm a grown-ass poet, and I still want to write poetry about Captain Picard. It turns out that a fair number of us poets do. So I'm doing what any sane person who reaches this conclusion would do - I'm going to put together a collection of what is sure to be the most amazing poetry in the Alpha Quadrant, a collection of poetry about Captain Picard, the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and their crew.
My goal is to get this fine collection of literature out by June 16, 2011, aka Captain Picard Day.
"Margaret, how may I contribute to this amazing collection?!" you are surely screaming at your computer right now. Well, let me tell you in my best Majel Barrett voice.
I will actually be editing this - I'm not taking everything that is sent my way. If you want your poetry to be considered for Make It So, please email me up to 10 poems in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file by, March 31st, 2011. Send them to makeitsomag (at) gmail.com.
Now, for other things you're probably wondering about. Defying logic, Make It So will be a print collection, hand-made by yours truly. There might be an online version. It's a one-shot. Don't expect this awesomeness on a yearly basis. Also, it's Next Generation only. I don't want TOS, I don't want DS9 (though that's a thought for the future. Mental note.), I don't want Voyager (though if you sent me an amazing poem about the doctor I'd weep silently as I wrote your rejection), and I'll probably get Klingon on your ass if you send me poetry about Enterprise. It doesn't have to be set in the Star Trek world - it can mention Star Trek, use Star Trek as a metaphor, describe your dream in which Patrick Stewart featured (well, up to a point. ahem.), etc. No porn, please (unless it's really hilarious, but then I'll probably reject it anyway - but it will be a good laugh!).
UPDATE 2/4/2011 - I understand that not everyone who has written a poem inspired by ST: TNG is going to necessarily write directly about Captain Picard, Worf, or Lt. Barclay (please someone send me a poem about Barclay). If your poem does not mention Star Trek in a direct way, please include a brief note about how you came to the poem through ST: TNG. I will probably have every accepted poet write a small bit about their poem/geekitude for the final publication.
Make it funny, make it serious, make me really really wish that we lived in the same city and could dish about our old fanfic together (shut up - you know you wrote some awesome fanfic in the 5th grade), but above all, make it high freaking quality poetry about Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Bonus points for Klingon epic poetry with original text and translation.