I'm trying to put together a list of epic poems written in the last 10 - 20 years or so. Just 'cuz I figured it might be neat to have a list. Also, since entering this market, I've realized that there are a lot more of these than anyone would have guessed!
An epic poem is a poem which tells a story, with a beginning, middle, and end. One recent epic poem was referred to as a "novel in verse". A lot of poems I've found are kind of on the line --- they employ a fairly personal perspective so it reads like the sort of personal, feeling-and-description-driven poetry which is most common. But if it's a narrative, or if it has characters, it's probably epic.
OK, here's the list I have so far (in the order that they come to my mind). Definitely want to showcase as many KDP books on here as possible, but if you know some non-KDP epic poems (which isn't likely --- these things don't really get professionally published, being as there's no market for them), then make a post.
The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo: One of the best around. It's the Canterbury Tales transplanted into modern-day Los Angeles.
The Killer & She by Jim Bronyaur: This was a KDP book that the author must have taken down. It was really interesting --- a horror short story told in fairly sing-songy, Dr. Seuss-ish verse.
The Canterlope Tales: Casimir of the Sword and Silver by Katherine MacRae: This is a verse tale about a stable boy becoming a knight. It's really lovely, all the more so when you realize that the author was extremely young (I think it was 14?) at the time she wrote it.
Chandos Ring: Death Star Earth and Chandos Ring Book Two: I Hear Strange Cries at Jupiter by Mark Chandos: I've only read Death Star Earth, but Strange Cries at Jupiter is looks to be pretty similar. These are poems of the type I mentioned above which are lyrical moment-to-moment, though technically epic because they're telling a story. These also represent one of the most ambitious pieces of work out there, and are very unique linguistically.
Raven Cliffs by Lee Crase: I haven't read this yet, but the author's posted some work on these forums and it looks good.
The Space Admiral's Tale and The Smuggler's Tale by Nathan Kross: These are mine, and they're part of a sci-fi adaptation of The Canterbury Tales I'm working on.
Paradise Re-Envisioned: A Journey through the Bible with our Spiritual Ancestors by Michael Roden: A lyrical, non-rhyming but poetic account of the spiritual action in the Bible. It starts by describing the Garden of Eden and moves through the rest of the book. It adopts a fairly personal, feeling-based perspective, so it might be on the border of epic vs. not, but that's OK.
It just occurred to me that one of the only 'markets' for epic poems nowadays is in children's literature. Most children's books are long poems that tell a story, albeit really simply ones.
Does anyone know of any more? Remember, keep it to the last 20 years. Everyone loves Paradise Lost, but we can't exactly say hello to John Milton.
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