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This is the freebie for the April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "sensual pleasures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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The April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Impossible."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts for your own creative pleasure!


What I Have Written


From My Prompts
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If you're a fan of Polychrome Heroics and you have kids, or your kids are fans of other superheroes, check out this awesome set of patterns for superhero dress-up.  Or supervillains or supernaries, if that's what your kids prefer.
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This was the linkback perk for the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "first friend" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Linkers include [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] thnidu, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  So far, 20 of 25 verses have been posted. You can reveal more verses by linking to the new guide pages for Antimatter & Stalwart Stan and Aquariana. Then tell me what you've done so I can post your verses.

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The guide page for the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of Polychrome Heroics is now visible to the public.  It lists the poems in (our best guess of) series chronological order from the top down, with summaries and character lists added.  This thread takes place in Omaha, Nebraska so it also includes a few poems about other events in Omaha -- the Fiddlesticks and Hefty poems are in here because they often, though not always, feature Stan and Lawrence.

We could use your help with polishing.  Please let us know if you spot a missing poem, character, etc. or if the sequence does not make sense for some reason.

Special thanks to [personal profile] lynnoconnacht for drafting this page.  Also thanks to [personal profile] natasiakith who did an earlier batch of organizational work that we've built on to make some of this later stuff.
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This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "phobias" square on my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored from the general fund.


"The Seeds of Meaning"


What the old books call
the language of flowers
is what most linguists
would call a code.

Yet it has nouns
(wintergreen for harmony)
and verbs
(pink camellia for longing)
and adjectives
(red columbine for anxious).

It even has grammar
(a flower representing
the main sentiment
in the center, to be read
spiraling outward from there).

It is what we turn to
when speech deserts us,
a language of emotion written
in blossoms and leaves
each bearing

the seeds of meaning.

* * *

Notes:

Read about the language of flowers.

A tussie-mussie is a small bouquet of flowers.  Learn how to make one.

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See a list of works prompted and/or sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek.  So far they're my Polychrome Heroics and An Army of One stuff.  I love seeing what my hobby-editors are doing.  I know some of you are following each other's selections.
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Thanks to an audience poll for the general fund, "Settled" is now complete!  See some of the other fallout from the incident at SPOON and how Hannah responds.
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For those of you following my Polychrome Heroics series, the first of the storyline guide pages is up, for Aquariana.  Individual poem entries have a summary and character lists added now.  Read from the top of the page down, and the poems should appear in series chronological order.  You-all can help by checking to see if 1) all the Aquariana poems are listed, 2) the order makes sense, and 3) we didn't mess up or leave out anything else.

Special thanks to my volunteer editors [personal profile] lynnoconnacht and [personal profile] stardreamer for their extensive assistance in sorting out the storylines of what is, in essence, the entire contents of a comic book publisher pressed flat into poetry.
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Based on an audience poll, there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from April 20-26.  

Due to the massive backlog in this series, the quarter-price option will be available for anyone spending $100 or more.  That means you get half off the SALE price, or more precisely, twice the amount of poetry for the money you spend.  :D  Yes, I can afford it, get this stuff off of my desk.
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Here, courtesy of the Open University, is a sample of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation with detailed attention to puns and other features that work in the original but not in the contemporary. 

Education wants to be free.  :D  I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare but I'd be more inclined to listen like this.  I had a couple of teachers who were and they were worth listening just because they had so much fun with it -- including things like this, reading the original language and pointing out subtleties.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the triolet "Nothing Wasted" as a freebie for her Magpie Monday, based on my prompt.  Call is still open for prompts if you haven't dropped by yet.
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The free epichalf-price series, and general fund polls are up in LiveJournal.  If you don't have an account there, you may vote in a comment. 

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