Stephan Martiniere who, as you recall, did the moody, evocative cover for The Dragons of Babel, is quite deservedly up for a Best Artist Hugo this year. As are Bob Eggleton, John Harris, John Picacio, and my favorite cartoonist in the known universe, Phil Foglio.
You can see a representative sampling of all the artists' work here.
And as always . . .
. . . the poem du jour chugs along with most recently -- brace yourself! -- Alexander Pope.