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This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "Our Special Place" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Just so you know, "Pull on the Smallest of Holds" has been sponsored and will get posted after supper here.

"Vanilla Is a Spice" has been reserved, to be sponsored and posted some time next week.

I have finished at least one poem for every prompter.  I am trying to wrap up the last few extras, so that I can stop writing tonight and leave tomorrow for the folks who want to browse all the thumbnails before deciding what to sponsor.

Must ... Write ... Faster!
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 See the end in "Part 3" as Haruko finishes his memorial sculpture.  Given T-America's much greater interest in miniatures such as toy soldiers, I suspect this sort of memento is more popular there.
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Draggon_flye. It also fills the "Love Without Limits" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem is actually quite positive in tone and actions, but it contains things that not everyone enjoys reading. Highlight for the details, some of which are spoilers. Liborio and Olympia are supervillain mobsters in what amounts to a polyamorous relationship with their boss. The two of them are kinky and he is not, and everyone is okay with all of that. Liborio and Olympia also use power exchange and pain -- in this case, spanking -- to achieve other things besides sexual gratification, including access to pent-up emotions and behavior modification. This poem explores the subjective sensations and emotions of using high-impact activities for personal enrichment, and being in a very deep trusting relationship. That makes it NSFW in most contexts, even though this is actually a nonsexual poem. It may also raise issues for people who enjoy this sort of thing but currently lack the opportunity. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Also worth mentioning is that this poem features Liborio and Olympia. I couldn't very well pair them up without giving Ruggiero a turn, and Draggon_flye has reserved the companion poem "Vanilla Is a Spice" for sponsoring next week.

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 ... to communicate with people, you have to speak their language.  Sometimes that language constitutes waving a fist in their face.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of her story "Alchemy of Spirit," in which Haruko tries to map his relationship with Abraham in retrospect.  There is a tip button at the bottom, so if you're enjoying these stories, please drop something in.
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This is today's freebie, prompted by LJ user Rhodielady_47.

"Asian Pears"

Crunchy and juicy,
Asian pears are more about
texture than flavor --
so tasty in fruit salads,
refreshing after summer.

* * *


The tanka form belongs to the family of Oriental poetry.

Asian pears, also known as apple-pears, have a distinctive texture but not a lot of flavor.

Kigo  are words used in haiku and other Asian poetry to symbolize a season.  Asian pears represent autumn.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.  Keep an eye on this page as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "tactile emphasis."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem, "From Silica to Silk" (18 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "tactile emphasis."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "From Silica to Silk" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and has 18 verses available.

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Sunday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you get a half-price sale for one week in one series.  Everyone will get to vote on which series to feature in the sale, out of those with extra poems available.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "tactile emphasis."  I'll be soliciting ideas for touch-dominant people, aliens whose main sense is tactile, cuddle sluts, snuggly werewolves, football players, couple dancers, other couple acts, touch-starved people, touch-avoidant people, animal therapists, massage therapists, other bodyworkers, snuggling, giving or receiving massage, grooming, holding hands, kissing, making love, sensual or pain play in kink, breastfeeding, caring for a small child, huddling against the cold, spotting someone in the gym, massage parlors, dance halls, gymnasiums, cuddle parties, bedrooms, dark places that must be navigated by touch, mountains or trees to climb, tactile toys, vestibular stimulation, grooming tools, skin hunger, touch aversion, blindfolds, textured art, fur, Microfyne, velvet, silk, other textured fabrics, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "From Silica to Silk.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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 See the description post.  There is a tip jar at the bottom of the story, and new parts will be appearing throughout the day.
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba has written the poem "Eye of the Beholder" for my Berettaflies thread in Polychrome Heroics.  It is a beautiful and powerful statement about personal appearance.

Spies Card

Jan. 31st, 2016 11:50 pm
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I did not come remotely close to making bingo this month. I only got five fills on my Spies card. None of them are even posted yet. But here is what I wrote...

N2: "Trash Day" (nonviolent confrontation) in Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan
N5: "The Exercise of Ingenuity" (gizmos and gadgets) in Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan

G2: "Blackwork" (Keep It Safe from Them) in Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

O3: "Renewing a Sense of Community" (prisoners) in Polychrome Heroics: Shiv
O5: "On the Axle of Mindless Aggression" (self-destruct) in Polychrome Heroics
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 Alas, it is 21 volumes long, so not practical for me to read.  But I am happy that it exists.
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 I'll be busy from now through Sunday, so I probably won't post much if it all.
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There's a music video coming out of my poem "Origami Emotion," and a preview of that inspired my partner Doug to go looking for the poem online.  And it's everywhere.  This one has definitely escaped into the wild, passed around by word of mouth and blog and newsletters in a way that makes me suspect this one just might make it down to deep time.  This is a thing I value more than copyright.  This poem, flying around the world on its own wings.  <3  Apparently it's quite popular in sermons across multiple religions.  As an interfaith worker, that makes me happy too.

If you want to see the results, just google "Origami Emotion Elizabeth Barrette."
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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This poem was inspired by Stephen Hawking's talk about depression. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to The Moon Door series. In sequence, this poem comes after "Lunacy" which hasn't been posted yet, so if you prefer reading things in order then you may want to wait.

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