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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

"Sinews" -- a Polychrome Heroics poem about Sendoff practicing her weapon skills.

"Logical Impossibilities"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Logical Impossibilities." It explores some oddities of nature and how science is always learning more.
18 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Straws and Stars"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Straws and Stars" about hunting for the Nebula's Heart like a needle in a haystack.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"Think Like a Bird"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Think Like a Bird." Merle goes to Tanzania to study birds and African mythology about them.
33 lines, Buy It Now = $15


From My Prompts

"Impossible Skies" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer introduces Eunan's family when he is a boy, and shows how Piotr and Aidan help him cope with his fears.

"Possibilities" by [personal profile] brides_koneko is a Heliodrax poem about how nothing is really impossible.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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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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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I'm thrilled to announce that [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has launched her own crowdfunding project, Magpie Monday, to be held the second Monday of each month. Reply with prompts and get at least a page of prose privately, or a poem if you prefer. Signal boosts extend the length of your fill. Further perks are available too. The author currently has four original worlds active; you can prompt for any of those or something new. Go play!
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This poem is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "conflicting obligations / oaths" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta and Antimatter/Stalwart Stan threads of the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains flangst and canon-typical rough stuff. Further details contain spoilers; highlight to read. There is criminal activity, crisis negotiation, gunrunners and a BASH team with actual firearms, intentional and unintentional injuries, a few messy medical bits, angsting over whose fault it was, and so forth. On the whole, however, the tone is upbeat and the outcomes pretty good -- particularly considering the amount of physical and metaphysical firepower in play. Think about what you're in the mood for before clicking through.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] kelkyag, and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "mothers and fathers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This is the second freebie for this session, courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "winners and losers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.


haiku in English
kitsune wags her three tails
haze of thoughts and words

* * *

Notes:

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, which you can learn to write.

A kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit, with power indicated by the number of tails.

haze (kasumi, all spring).

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah and LJ user The_vulture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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