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This time our theme was "rites / rights of passage." I wrote from 11:45 AM to 3:45 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks. I wrote 14 poems on Tuesday and another 2 later in the week.

Participation was good, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and 58 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All a Man Can Do"
"Approaching the Faerie Ring"
"Emergent Journeys"
"The Fool at the Threshold"
"The Four Gates"
"Humanwatching"
"Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
"Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"
"Shopping for Privileges"

"Rewriting the Narrative" (May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"A Series of Transitions" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Find Yourself in the Garden" (Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, July 4, 2017)
"Taking Care of Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Speakers" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"Rooted in Place" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"The Higher a Monkey Climbs" (Polychrome Heroics, commission)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 1, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems have been posted. This time donors include: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] janetmiles, Rook from Antisocialites, [personal profile] technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Big Brother and the Cyberbully" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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The general fund currently contains $73. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open until at least Sunday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

We have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be fully funded. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One and needs $83 to be fully funded. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be fully funded. You may route the funds into one poem or divide it among them.

Poll #18682 General Fund for August 1, 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 $73?

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ALL $73 into "The Inner Transition"
3 (13.6%)

ALL $73 into "The Order of Their Stars"
9 (40.9%)

ALL $73 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
3 (13.6%)

Divide the $73 about equally among ALL THREE poems
7 (31.8%)

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "feast" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, and [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "therapy" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon). It also fills the "Big Brother" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains controversial topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features suicide, cyberbullying, failed therapy, an internet troll, revenge by ostracizing someone from electronics, and other mayhem. If there are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon), [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy, and [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "I" becomes "we" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $250 goal, so that's a third tally. There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, August 15 with a theme of "anything goes." You can ask for anything you want! Now is a good time to think about your favorite settings, characters, plotlines, etc. and take notes on what you'd like to see more of.  Have you been wondering what happens next to someone?  Intrigued by something that I mentioned would come up?  Do you have anything you've been wishing I would write that hasn't fit a theme? Prompt for it! You can ask for new things as well as old things. Please mark the date on your calendars, and I hope to see you then.
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The August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic.  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 keep it open longer.

Poll #18667 Free Epic for August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25


Which of these should be the free epic?

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"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
8 (32.0%)

"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
13 (52.0%)

"So Closely Allied"
4 (16.0%)

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This was the linkback perk for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fill the "change" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest.


"The Four Gates"


There are four gates
that people pass through
on life's journey --

birth,
the beginning of the quest
and the introduction to family;

puberty,
the transition from childhood to adulthood
and the awakening of desire;

marriage,
the shift from "I" to "we"
and nest of the next generation;

death,
the end of the quest
and the return to Spirit from whence we came;

and all of these passages
we undertake together
in love and fellowship

except for the last.

* * *

Notes:

Rites of passage mark the major transitions of life.  Most cultures have some way of observing birth, puberty, marriage, and death.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] elf. It also fills the "taking care of somebody" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Rook from Antisocialites. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Rook from Antisocialites has sponsored "Taking Care of Things" in Kenzie's storyline.  I will get that posted when I can.  Other sponsored stuff has been posted, except the bundle that is on hold for my parents. 
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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"The Speakers"


Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *

Notes:

Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction.  Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness.  Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication.  You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication.  Read about how to develop your listening skills.

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr.  This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"Rooted in Place"



Perseverance is no beauty;
her body is slim and attenuated,
her breasts barely formed
and arms altogether absent.

She can hear what people say about her:
there is nothing whatsoever wrong with her ears.

She leans back, leans away,
turns her face to the side
in a thorough show of rejection.

Skin the color of cottage cheese
ends just above the ankles;
her feet are huge and human
and they never want to go anywhere.

It is almost as if she has roots
instead of heel and sole and toes.

Yes, that is it:
Perseverance is rooted in the past,
she is what her body has made of her,
and for all of her resistance

she cannot escape herself.

* * *

Notes:

Perseverance is the ability to keep going in the face of obstacles.  Learn how to persevere.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has opened "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" for microfunding.  Jules discovers that even supervillains worry about their friends.
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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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