Brian Buckley

I haven't posted anything here in a long time, and to be honest, I don't expect to update any more in the future. I do, however, still read the comments I get. To all my readers: thank you so much!If you want to see what I'm up to these days, check out my writing blog. Also, if you get a chance, take a look at Alyssa R George's Elfwood page. She has also moved on to other things, but she's still got some very good stuff there.

A Magic Show

This is the longest poem I've ever written, but I think it's one of my better ones. See what you think.


Mirion is a made-up name; it has no significance besides sounding good to my ears. Hey, this is fantasy, right? Anyway, I'd say this poem leaves quite a bit open to interpretation on the reader's part. What do you think about it?

The Open Gate

'The Open Gate' is the longest short story I've ever written. I wrote it as an entry in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest ( I don't really think it'll win, but hey, you never know, right? Anyway, although it's quite long, I consider this the best piece of prose I have ever written.


About time I did another fantasy poem, eh? The title comes from the word 'synoptic,' which means (among other things) 'presenting a general and combined view of the parts of a whole.' As always, comments are welcome.

Three Questions

This is a sonnet, the first one I've tried that's come out any good. I'm still not completely pleased with it. The rhyme scheme is ABBAABBACDECDE, which is a little jarring for the reader, but it was fun to try something different for a change.


Hm... the word 'ridiculosity' might apply here. Well, if it were an actual word, anyway.


One of my earlier attempts at a free-form poem. Sort of a new thing for me.

Descending Vectors

A science fiction sonnet. Making new genres is fun, isn't it?

Field Guide to Fantasy Creatures

Arranged in alphabetical order. Richard Svensson, who is an amazing artist, has begun illustrating this piece. His take on my dwarf is awesome, as is the rest of his gallery.

The Fading Autumn

I tried something a little different on the rhyme scheme for this poem - comments on it are welcome. As for the actual content, I think this is one of my better poems to date.

The Bard to His Love, at Length

Well, they can't all be Beren and Luthien.


This is just what the title suggests, a poem about the legendary island of Atlantis. I think it's pretty deep. (Get it? Deep? Atlantis? Ha! Yeah, so anyway...)

In Memory of Light

Well, I'd have to say this is a relatively unexplored genre... science fiction poetry. Strange, yes, but I think it turned out all right.


Like an epic poem, only much shorter... and less epic. Although I found the mechanics of this one disappointing (rhyme, rhythm, word order, etc.) I think it has a good storyline and message.

The Summit of Asuroth

This is the second-longest short story I've ever written (heh). I tried to do it in more of an epic style, kind of like Beowulf, but I'm not sure how well I succeeded. I think it has some good descriptions in it, though.


As far as I know, this story is the first of its kind on Elfwood.

Ballad of the Sleeping Wyvern

Well, this is Wyvern's Library, so it's about time I wrote a wyvern poem, eh? This is a different meter than I normally use, so see what you think.

Castle of Black

A short little poem about a very old subject.

Earth Speaks to the Void

If our planet could hold a conversation with the empty universe around it, what would the two entities say to each other? Only in the realm of fantasy can a question like this be answered...

The Gift

I haven't written a story in a little while (I've been concentrating on poems more) so I thought I'd do one and see how it turns out. This one is kind of long, so read at your own peril.


Hero is a poem that I wrote several years ago. It's my second-longest poem (A Magic Show is my longest). The rhyming on this one isn't perfect, but I like how the plot turned out for the most part.

The Sun Shall Rise Again

I think this poem has a little more 'meaning' behind it than my others. Emphasis on 'little,' though...

Old Merlin

Richard Svensson has done an incredible illustration of this poem, which you can find here.

My Lady

I hadn't written anything for Elfwood in a while, so I decided it was about time I got back in gear. I think this poem turned out fairly well. It's a story about a woman who is more than she seems. (Updated to fix a typo...)


Pronounced 'oss-TROM-in-ok,' in case you were wondering. Y'know, considering I could have named this thing anything I wanted, you'd think I would have picked something a little easier to rhyme...


I wrote this one a while back, but I still like it pretty well. It's science fiction and it's a little 'out there.'


A fairly short poem I did as part of a writing/art project with a friend of mine. I basically wrote it all in under an hour during yearbook class at school and did a little touching up later, so if it seems a bit rough around the edges, that's why.

The Duke's Game

I'm very curious to see what people will think of this story.

Journey's End

I wrote this in high school one day during my sophomore year. As I recall, I started it in my first class of the day and finished it in my last, then made a few revisions much later. I still think it's mediocre compared to some of my other poems, but someone might take a liking to it.

Problem Solved

I came up with the idea for this story one afternoon and sat down to write it all in one session. Short and ridiculous.

The Glass Rock

The Glass Rock is a very silly story, and there is no 'meaning' behind it. You need a little humor every now and then.

The Rock and the Tree

Another fantasy poem. Actually, I kind of like this one...


I don't think this is one of my better poems, but someone might like it. Decide for yourself.

The Boy

This is the very first poem I ever put any real effort into. I wrote it years ago, way back in middle school, so the quality of writing is kind of poor compared to my later stuff, but it's still rather interesting.

The Silent Dark

The Silent Dark is a poem I wrote not too long ago. Comments on it have ranged from 'eh' to 'This is the best thing you've ever written,' so see what you think.


I know, I know, I need to update more. I'm not going to say much about this one because I want people to draw their own conclusions about it, and what it means.

Night of Music

No denying it, this story is a strange one. Like most everything I put on my page, I'm curious to see what kind of reactions it will produce.

Rebirth From Ashes

There's something a little unusual about this poem. Take a look at the first letter of every line...

The Worst Story Ever

The story below is the worst story ever. You have been warned.

The Flames of Dawn

Another one of my older poems, but I still like it pretty well. It has a very different rhyme scheme from any of my other poems.