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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "personal growth" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest.  Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is the freebie for the February Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Gloryroad Crossing.

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This is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Friends in Low Places" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Music Shuffle Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today, with a theme of "courage."  She's also interested in continuing the diving incident storyline.
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "strategy" square in my 10-4-17 card for the Games and Sports 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. Turq and Ansel go to the police station to plan a raid on Mr. Dipper's place, and being there makes Turq anxious. There are awkward interpersonal complications, food insecurity, hypervigilance, stage fright, references to faginy and child abuse, poor self-image, and other challenges. If these are difficult issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Understand that this is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the LIFC series. You have new prompter [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke to thank for the second freebie.


ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [livejournal.com profile] wyld_dandelyon, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "You've Got a Friend" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer recently finished "Developing Consequences," which begins the meeting of people exploring appropriate penalties for Brody.  Begin with Part 1.

"Connecting Family" just launched tonight.  Elisabeth Finn goes to visit Shiv.
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This is the linkback perk for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and now complete. \o/ It's spillover from the January 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "dark" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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"Essential for Human Survival" is now open for microfunding.  Groundhog suggests going to the Kwan Yin House of Compassion.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
As I've been developing storylines with characters who have a wide range of self-destructive behaviors (Shiv, Cassandra, Keane, Turq, etc.) I've looked over many resources and talked with readers who have previously or are currently struggling with similar issues. I'm particularly interested in what helps, what doesn't, and what makes matters worse. Also, I'm aware that Terramagne-America handles a lot of things in community which have only clinical resources in local-America, or more often, nothing at all.

What I found was this totally awesome place ...

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Connecting Paths" which follows Drew's pasta-making expedition.  Read Part 1 and Part 2.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Divided Path."  Drew struggles to deal with emotional overload after visiting his sister in the hospital.  This grew in the telling, so the numbers are a bit mixed up.  There are 6 parts and it's all posted now.  Begin with Part 1.
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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"Not So Black"



The Jersey Devil is said to live
in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

The legends go all the way back to the 1700s
when Mrs. Leeds, mother of twelve children,
who found herself expecting another
and said, "May it be a devil!"

The stories have continued ever since,
and in 1960 some Camden merchants offered
a reward for his capture, intending to put
the Jersey Devil into a private zoo.

The reward has never been claimed.

The pineys who say they have seen him
describe him as a kangaroo-like creature
with the face of a horse, the head of a dog,
the wings of a bat, horns, and a tail.

For all the horror and the stories,
the Jersey Devil is not so black
as he is painted: he is known
to go after braggarts and idiots,

Mother Nature's very own Devil's advocate.

* * *

Notes:

The Jersey Devil is an old legend from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

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I found another discussion about the Rhysling Award controversy I mentioned earlier.  "A Speculative Kerfluffle" quotes several sources, including my post.  Woohoo, people read it!  \o/  The exploration of issues is quite thoughtful.

This led to an interesting survey on "What is speculative poetry?"  

Notice that there is consensus regarding the core (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) but not the fringe (surrealism, metaphor, etc.) of the content.  In particular, I call your attention to the splatter of opinions about tropes, metaphor, simile, analogy, and other literary devices.  Why is this so important?  Because people argue over whether something is literal or figurative.  I've watched this happen: "Well, the coffin is clearly a metaphor..."  "No, I meant what I said.  The vampire is in a coffin, floating through outer space."  Doesn't get much more speculative than that, does it?  Except when people don't believe you.  0_o

Now add the fact that cultural interpretation of symbols will vary widely  across cultures, and one culture may have highly speculative connotations while another does not.  Frex, the snake.  A basic emblem of lies and death in Christian lore, the snake is a sacred embodiment of the Goddess and transformation (due to shedding skin) in Pagan lore.  So for Pagans, it's more speculative because we'll think of shapeshifters, magic, and life/death/rebirth.  Christians are likely to count it only if they also  count religion/cosmology in general as speculative or they equate snakes with the Devil sufficiently to land it in the angel/devil subgenre that many folks consider speculative.


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