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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

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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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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer tipped me to this fascinating article about Naia, the oldest paleoamerican skeleton found. 
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 See what's left of "The Centaurs," a piece of animation history.
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 This project features one of my favorite parts of history, Custer's Fight at the Greasy Grass, aka Battle of the Little Bighorn.  Kickstarter is funding an original graphic novel.  The fundraiser is almost at goal and almost over, so jump quick if you're interested.
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This poem is from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] brushwolf. It also fills the "terrible" square on my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. You can read more about the Kwakwaka'wakw people online.


"As Usually Happens"


When Cook's men arrived on the shores
of what they would call Vancouver Island,

the Kwakwaka'wakw people
were reverent, peaceful,
and more than a little scared
because they thought the newcomers
were ancestors returned from the dead.

What else could explain
deathly-pale people eating bowls
of what looked like maggots
and traveling in a huge black canoe
bigger than any canoe ever built,
bigger than any tree could create?

Onto the quiet shore there came
pale walkers bearing shiny sticks,
knives sharper than any flint,
words that babbled like a winter blizzard --

and as usually happens when
the undead make first contact with humans,

terrible things commenced.

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Treating PTSD is very difficult.  Modern mainstream medicine doesn't have a great track record with it.  But it's not a modern problem; it's been around forever.  So I was thrilled to find this article about treating PTSD with myth, poetry, and personal exploration.  PTSD is not just an injury of the mind, but also of the spirit.  So to fix it, you need things that address the spirit.  Myth and poetry are designed to do that.  Yaaayyy, progress!  

Bonus, these programs are addressed to modern mainstream veterans.  Previously the only similar thing I knew about was that Native American shamans had some great results with their traditional methods, but they tend not to share those with wasicu veterans unless somebody has a tribal contact.

Other stories about characters with PTSD can help too.  You have to find one the person can resonate with.  Tolkien's work is particularly popular because it does such a good job of describing the problems Bilbo and Frodo have after bearing the Ring of Doom, contrasted with Sam, Merry, and Pippin who come home more whole and are able to recover.  I mean you could sit with the books and a symptom checklist and diagnose poor Frodo, he is that fried.  Sometimes it's just nice to know you're not alone.
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[personal profile] raze is hosting a prompt call for fictional veterans. Pick a character, leave a prompt, get a ficlet.

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