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 Explore the massive changes in peaches, watermelons, and corn over millennia.  Science is delicious!

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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.
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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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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie[personal profile] mdlbear, and Shirley Barrette.  It also fills the "suicide" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some intense and controversial issues. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. It talks about historic suicides, possible murder, assisted suicide in battlefield conditions, homosexuality, kink, vulgar and derogatory language, discrimination against smart people, homophobia, despair caused by social pressure, and other cultural ills. Please think carefully about whether or not this is something you want to read.
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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] brushwolf  and Shirley Barrette.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  It also fills the "history" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo Fest.

WARNING: This poem contains true stories of genius abuse and neglect.  If that's sensitive territory for you, think carefully about whether you want to read onward.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about her character Aidan.  It also fills the "Wild Card: Daily Rituals" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.  It has been selected in an audience poll for the general fund.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

The following is a morning/evening prayer that Aidan uses, from his childhood, which is thousands of years ago.  It's bilingual in a version of Proto-Indo-European and English.  The cool thing about PIE is that it's primarily a set of word bones with a few grammatical guesses.  So if you want to extrapolate what a historic tribe might have been speaking, you can pick and choose among the variables until you get something you like.  Several linguists have done this for our world; listen to an example here.  (I can actually parse words out of that.)  Here's one for Terramagne.
 

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 Meet the current biggest dinosaur, link courtesy of my partner Doug.  Imagine riding that into battle.
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This poem is from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] brushwolf, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, LJ user Moriwen1, and Twitter user Harriet Clough. It also fills the "undeserved reputation" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem touches on some tense points in civil rights history, with some offensive language to match.

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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

WARNING: For Adolf Hitler. Because Hitler is always a warning. Nazi propaganda, nontelepathic mind control, ugly history.

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This poem is from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "camp" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been posted as the linkback perk for the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

All verses have been posted.  You can reveal more verses by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from this fishbowl.  Special thanks to linkers [personal profile] aoifes_isle, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, [personal profile] mdlbear, Twitter user Harriet Clough, and [personal profile] janetmiles.

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The Arthurian Cycle or the Matter of Britain is a massive sprawl of stories, poems and songs, plays, movies, paintings, embroidery, and other cultural material spanning centuries. The heroes are male, furnished with an assortment of heroines for love interests and occasionally antagonists. The leading themes are political intrigue, tragic romance, adventure, and religion.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer posted an essay about genderbending and what storylines would work in that context. I allowed as to how if I were doing this, I would "aim at young women professionals and grrlgeeks: a crowd with money burning a hole in their pockets, and frustrated by the dearth of interesting female characters. And then I'd genderbend, oh, something rogueish and colorful like Robin Hood, King Arthur, The 7 Samurai, etc." So then [personal profile] clare_dragonfly wanted to see the genderbent King Arthur, and so did some other folks. I started playing around with names and pretty soon I had a cast of characters, some plot sketches, and other cool stuff. This meta description also fills the "genderswap" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest.

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The photoessay "Inventories of War" displays soldier's kits from across the centuries -- highly useful if you need to equip characters from any of these wars.

Ghost Trees

Aug. 1st, 2014 03:57 am
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 The actions of the past are visible, like ghosts, in the shapes of present trees.
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 A dig at Cahokia Mounds has turned up what looks like a prayer bundle.  I'm kind of surprised that this is the first they've found there.  Prayer bundles are pretty typical of magical/spiritual practice across many tribes.
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This poem is, in essence, an elegy inspired by an article, "The Story of One Whale Who Tried to Bridge the Linguistic Divide Between Animals and Humans," and therefore posted for free. It also fills the "Stockholm syndrome" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the Aquariana thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

The name "Noc" is pronounced "NOH-see."

WARNING: This poem features many intense topics, some of which actually happened in our world. The warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. These include human/cetacean challenges, past enslavement of a sapient cetacean from childhood to death, Stockholm syndrome, survivor guilt, rough telepathic contact, grudging response to apology, and other issues. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to dive in.

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It turns out that people arrived in the Amazon basin before it was a rainforest.  Well that's new. 

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