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Here's a selection of mixed drinks from Terramagne, mostly alcoholic although there's a virgin version of one.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Catastrophe and Confusion."  It belongs to her original series Voices of the Engines and features some fascinating gender and ethnic dynamics.
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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kyleri. It also fills the "sleeplessness" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Despite being in a much better situation now than he was recently, Nebuly is stressing out over the changes. There is insomnia, depression, awkward personal history, guilt, fatigue, and other angst. On the whole, though, Nebuly is making great progress and has awesome family-of-choice. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale from Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21.  According to my records, Shiv's thread in Polychrome Heroics has a sizable backlog, so that's what goes on sale. Currently there are six poems, all epics, totaling $1253, on sale for $626.50. 
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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "I Will Survive" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alexeigynaix, bartered in trade for "Wind the Labyrinth."

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The May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open until at least Tuesday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

The following epics are available:

"Dinner at Donnie's"
Summary: Danso and family enjoy a culinary adventure.
342 lines, $171

"Insha'Allah"
Summary: Buraq receives an astonishing assignment from an unusual source.
249 lines, $125

"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, $135


Poll #18342 Free Epic for May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which of these should be the free epic?

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"Dinner at Donnie's"
7 (33.3%)

"Insha'Allah"
10 (47.6%)

"Pebbles in the Path"
4 (19.0%)

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The general fund currently contains $40. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Tuesday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

There are three open epics. "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $140 to be complete. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and needs $205.25 to be complete. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $322 to be complete.

Poll #18341 General Fund for May 2, 2017 poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


How do you want to distribute the $40?

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ALL $40 into "A Hope and a Promise"
7 (31.8%)

ALL $40 into "Essential for Human Survival"
3 (13.6%)

ALL $40 into "The Inner Transition"
3 (13.6%)

Divide the $40 about equally among all THREE epics
9 (40.9%)

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This poem is from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Hidden Histories"


War warms itself . . . at Surtr's heinous hearth;
ignorant interlopers . . . burn books by the bundle.

Hypatia's handmaids . . . come to keep them safe,
favored of Odin Fathergod . . . praiser of poets.

Liminal libraries . . . house hidden histories
covertly curated . . . by counter-culture custodians.

When Surtr's sending . . . finally falls into ash,
we will be waiting . . . to recover what they cultured.

* * *

Notes:

Surtr is a fire giant in Norse mythology, a being of creation and destruction.

Hypatia of Alexandria was a Pagan librarian and scholar.  In Terramagne, the Order of Hypatia rescues threatened manuscripts during troubled times, and later returns them.  This is why they have many volumes that did not survive here. In this poem, a Viking nerd is composing poetry to the act of defiance entailed in smuggling books to safety before they can be destroyed.

Odin is the god of wisdom in Norse Mythology.

Old Norse poetry relies on alliteration.  It uses colorful language in kennings (like "Hypatia's handmaids" for "librarians") and heiti (like "liminal" for "edgy").  Lines often feature a caesura, or break, in the middle.

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This poem is from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Cosmic Cobalt" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest.


"Celestial Dehiscence"


The last of the sun's children
forms so far out on the fringe
that there is no keeping her:

she flies away into the endless night.

The sun thinks of the life inside her
secreted in small green seeds that
may someday, in a better space,
find the resources to sprout
into festoons of cells.

The rogue planet goes her own way,
a pod of celestial dehiscence,

and the sun smiles.

* * *

Notes:

In botany, dehiscence refers to a method of seed dispersion where the seed pod splits open to release the seeds, or in some cases, catapult them a considerable distance.

Panspermia is a theory which posits that life can be transferred from one solar system to another, therefore meaning the galaxy does not have to reinvent the wheel every time.  The fact that we've found algae growing on the outside of the International Space Station lends weight to this possibility.

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Terramagne-America has a much wider selection of drinks aimed at adults than just alcoholic ones. Their mixed drinks get really interesting. This batch relies on some ingredients -- especially the Aromantic Bitters -- that tend to produce blue to purple drinks.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "festival / fair" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

Warning for extremely racist history.

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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

WARNING: This poem contains graphic descriptions of violent history and current malfeasance that many readers may find disturbing. It includes references to the Holocaust, Nazism and its sympathizers, trench warfare, rotting flesh, lying about historic facts, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "criminal intent" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This is the kind of history I grew up reading, and sometimes got kicked out of class for mentioning; so if you like the way I write this stuff, thank my father.


"Battles and Wars"


George Armstrong Custer
was a man who told his own tales,
tall ones, inflating his deeds and his ego.

He had a white wife and a Cheyenne mistress,
who shouted and whispered his history.

He did whatever he wanted,
often with criminal intent.

He lost the battle but won the war.


The Lakota honored the Paha Sapa,
the Black Hills, more than they cared for gold,
and fought to protect their sacred lands.

The Cheyenne, too, followed them
off the empty prison of the reservation
to make their stand at Greasy Grass.

Among them, his Cheyenne woman
was left to speak her truth.

They won the battle but lost the war.

* * *

George Armstrong Custer is most famous for his last, fatal mistakes in the Battle of Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn).  For a native account, see the illustrations by Red Horse.  According to oral tradition, he also had a son by a Cheyenne mistress. You can read more about his shabby reputation here.

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These recipes have appeared in the references for the Cuoio and Chiara thread of Polychrome Heroics. They're Mobsters in the classic sense, thus most of these are Italian or Sicilian.

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These are some recipes that appear in the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. The two major clusters are: Pain's Gray makes elaborate pastries, and Thriver cooks comfort food. Most people will not have the skill to make what Pain's Gray makes, but it's fascinating food pr0n. Thriver's recipes are easy enough that most people could make them.

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I've posted the linkback perk poem for the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. Link to the fishbowl, comment below this post, and get a new verse of "Lead Us in Peace." 
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This is the linkback perk poem for the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. Link to the fishbowl, comment below this post, and get a new verse of "Lead Us in Peace." It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Chanter_greenie [personal profile] chanter_greenieduring the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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Here is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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