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I first found this article, about the translation of Amazon names, which annoyingly gave only the English versions. Digging further, I came to one with more details about the process. Finally I found one with a few examples: These ancient Circassian names include Pkpupes, “worthy of armor”; Kepes, “hot flanks/eager sex”; Barkida, “princess”; and Khasa, “one who heads a council.”

Then I hit the jackpot with this lengthy discussion of how the translations come together, and a lot more examples, including more about Hot Flanks:
Kepes appears to mean “Hot Flanks” or some other lower body part in Circassian. (Note that the name for the state of California originated from Latin for an Amazon queen Califa, cali-forn- hot-copulation). The form would be (West) Circassian
(WC) /kJepe-s/ flank-hot, with /-s/ “hot” often the second element of names even today, where it means literally “hot,” but metaphorically “intense, enthusiastic.” So, “Enthusiastic Sex.” The two stops in WC are voiceless unaspirated, just as kappa and pi were in ancient Greek
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.

Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for the February 3, 2015 fishbowl meeting the $250 goal.  Today's theme is  "Fiorenza the Wisewoman."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "Fiorenza the Wisewoman."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

3) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

4) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is  "Fiorenza the Wisewoman."  The primary focus is romance, in honor of Valentine's Day, so think of Fiorenza/Giacinto, Bettina/Arrigo, etc. I'll also be soliciting ideas for villagers, visitors, fairy tale characters or creatures, rural Italy, historic cottages or gardens, sacred or historic places near Fermo, ordinary objects with mystical effects, fairy tale plot twists, personal conflicts or challenges, side scenes from previous events, gaps in the storyline that need to be filled, everyday issues transmuted into rustic fantasy versions, and Italian poetic forms in particular.  But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills "The Tower" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.

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Dec. 26th, 2014 03:02 pm
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I am so tempted to write about this bit of Nobel history for Terramagne.  However, I thought of some improvements:

1) Chop up the gold to make it dissolve much faster.

2) It's gold.  Hit it with a hammer until it turns into an ashtray or a coaster.  Or lumps, and put it in a box with a pack of cigarettes and a bar of soap.

3) Also if you adulterate it with silver, gold turns green; copper turns it pink.  Few people know this, making it an excellent disguise.  The right shade of pink gold looks a lot like copper.
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"Frontera!" is an animated video which runs about twenty minutes, on the topic of Pueblo history in America and Mexico, told from an indigenous perspective.  It spans at least three languages (English, Spanish, and Tema).  It features multiple styles of art and music, sometimes serious and other times hilarious.  The story presented is much more accurate and nuanced than that typically found in history books.  This is the kind of stuff I grew up on, and I love it.
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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For you alt-history mavens, here are 20 maps that never happened.  Feel free to use any of those as prompts in a suitable prompt call.  The high-speed rail looks a bit like an early, truncated version of the robust mass-transit system that Terramagne-America enjoys.
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Sung and played, it's very pretty.

According to my farmemory, this is a credible rendition of the court/temple style, you know, classical stuff.  The popular music was, um ... earthier.  Louder, faster, ooga-chaka stuff.
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This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth.  It also fills the "Antarctica" prompt in my 6-1-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

"Fun Weighs Nothing"

Modern entertainment is all based
on expensive computer consoles
or board games that cost $50 a box

but there was a time when
fun weighed nothing
and didn't cost either.

Kids ran around outside
playing tag and red rover
and blind man's bluff.

They made snowball forts
and fought epic battles,
built sand castles and mud slides.

There were no cell phones then,
no helicopter parents, and
neighbors actually knew each other.

Today most of the kids are fixated
on toys that blink and beep
and run out of batteries

but some of them still remember
that fun weighs nothing and
twilight isn't really dark

until Mom drags you indoors by the wrist.

* * *


The title is a riff on the premise that "Knowledge Weighs Nothing" and refers to games that can be played without special equipment, as long as you have someone who knows the rules.

These are some traditional games.
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 Just in case you thought only modern art needed a secret decoder ring, check out this Anglo-Saxon stuff.
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Here's an interview about Lucy, one of my all-time favorite fossils. 


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