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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Rhodielady_47. It also fills "the mind's eye" square of my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem is written in dialect using references for Grenadian Creole English.  The unfamiliar grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are not mistakes but rather follow rules different than those of mainland American English.

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Nina Paley has posted two GIFs of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, one of men and one of women.  And look!  They're brown, with curly black hair, not whitewashed.  I love the stylized geometric body parts too.
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 [personal profile] alexconall has written the poem "Little Witches" to my prompt.  It's adorable, with just a bit of a dark edge, and wonderful cultural motifs.
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This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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How do you make an awesome traditional recipe even awesomer?  Just add entheogen.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Oct. 19th, 2014 03:51 am
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Things I enjoy about my current life: not having to wear 5-40 layers of clothing.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of lengthy conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and with [personal profile] helgatwb  who lives in southern Louisiana, about how Easy City could have developed from the fractious mix of cultures there.  It also fills the "argument" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card.  It is posted here in thanks for LJ user Natasiakith sorting out the Polychrome Heroics poems into individual storylines, and this poem belongs to the same series.

WARNING: This poem features cultural tensions, rude language, arguments, natural disasters, minor character death, and some other challenging topics.  The overall tone is hopeful, though.  Sensitive readers should aim for viewing this while in a steady state of mind.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the "youth" square of the Birthday Bingo fest public card.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Nina Paley is working on a new animated movie, Seder Masochism, and has posted a clip from it.  This is gorgeously macabre, with a vivid adaptation of Egyptian artistic motifs.  Watch for subtle details like the way bodies become partially then wholly skeletal as the Shadow of Death engulfs them.  Like her earlier movie Sita Sings the Blues, this one is crowdfunded rather than conventionally published, so there's a donation link under the clip if you want to support something more distinctive than Mr. Macho Blows Shit Up Part IX.
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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer .  It also fills "the shopping mall" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's a direct sequel to the story "Keeping Warm" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer .

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  who wanted a haiku 'flame' fill.  It also fills the "dinner" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer .  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This article lays out some common flaws in worldbuilding.

Amusingly, I often use these things to distinguish cultures or even inspire writing.

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Now this fellow has a clue, and is happy to teach it, but you will have to do the work if you want it.  The article is all about Lakota virtues and the challenges of practicing them in today's world.  

I really like this angle.  I'm especially impressed with the idea of keeping the prayers in Lakota rather than English.  It's like how the Catholics used to stick with Latin.  Language influences thought; it's very powerful; and that's an astute ruling.  

People can come in from outside, but they have to do things the Lakota way.  If you do the work, then you're sharing, not stealing.  If you just want to grab stuff and run off with it, that  is misappropriation.  You have to learn how to do things the right way.  It's the difference between a McDonald's burger and a buffalo steak.  You have to work harder to get the steak, but it tastes better and is better for you.

This is one of the best examples I've seen recently of appropriate cultural boundaries.  Don't shut people out, don't let them rob or abuse you, manage the interaction in mature rational ways.  Aho!
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Read a spice guide. Not quite every spice we use is listed here, but most of them are. I'm surprised and pleased by the multicultural coverage.
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 This is one of my favorite dances to watch.

#1 -- Not the most skilled hoop manipulator I've seen, but possibly the best footwork.  Wow.  Prancing.

#2 -- This is much more what I expect from a hoop dancer, and my vote will always go to the guy who can deftly handle more hoops.

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