ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This is a freebie for Blogging Against Disablism Day. An audience poll has selected the poem "Void of Course" from The Moon Door as today's celebration of access and representation for people with disabilities. This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Lb_lee. It also fills the "mutation / physical transformation" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.

Note: There is some squabbling in this poem, because people have different opinions about how to solve problems. It's inevitable in any group, but more common in support groups where folks are perpetually low on spoons. Happily the group has ways of handling this.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "slave" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "unsullied hero" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "half-life" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Wild Card: Enemies" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline and an anonymous comment on Dreamwidth.  It also fills the "secrets" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt form [personal profile] eseme. It also fills "The stuff of which things are made: iron / stone / clay" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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[personal profile] alatefeline has posted the poem "Lightbulb" in response to my prompt.  This is a delightful look at different forms of perception.
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This is the freebie for the April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "cannon fodder" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

Warning:  This poem is all about oppression and resistance.  It includes graphic violence and other uncomfortable imagery.  But on the whole it is very, very subversive.  Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether it's something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is the linkback poem for the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It's spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was prompted by [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest and DW user Redsixwing.  It also fills the "nonhumans don't think like humans" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card.  This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  So far, 7 of 16 verses have been posted.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Mentor" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It also fills the "Guilt Free: Crafts" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] paantha, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, and DW user Capriuni.  It also fills "The Healer" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it leads directly into the sequel "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Capriuni

516 lines, Buy It Now = $258
Amount donated = $10
Verses posted = 5 of 127

Amount remaining to fund fully = $248
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50


WARNING: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with emotional angst, messy medical details, trying to take care of a currently unconscious and generally traumatized person, difficulty balancing conflicts between Turq's mental and emotional needs without benefit of his input at the moment, complications and challenges of soup care in general, trying to figure out ways of minimizing or compensating for triggers, worrying about an injured friend, and other mayhem. On the whole, though, it's sweet to see Ansel and Ethan working so hard to take care of Turq as best they can. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now. However, it contains some major plot developments, so skipping it may make subsequent poems seem more confusing or less justified.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, but it has its roots in several discussions on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's blog about characters with disabilities including "Disability On Screen" and "Future Illness and Ableism." The prompt from [personal profile] capriuni about Claudius I is actually under "Prompts Open for April 2016." [personal profile] technoshaman prompted for Granny Whammy in my fishbowl. It also fills the "living legend" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] capriuni. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem discusses disability and discrimination, along with Granny Whammy's muleheaded stance that everyone with superpowers ought to be a superhero. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "road trip" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills "The Genius" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and is the backstory for the poem "For the Purpose of Establishing Justice."

WARNING: This poem contains some disturbing material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is graphic description of therapeutic abuse, discrimination against a neurovariant person, parents and social workers being worse than useless (although a later social worker is helpful), extreme emotional and psychological suffering, a meltdown culminating in reflexive use of telepathy which flattens a bunch of people (all of whom blame the sadistic therapist not the telepathic covictim), lots of repair work, coping skills, unexpected forgiveness, reference to a historic suicide, beginning a new life, and other challenges. The later parts are considerably more positive than the earlier parts, though. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] eseme, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills "The Igor" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "fish out of water" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. Read about the four boxes of liberty.


"Four Boxes"


The political process and
the revolutionary process are
really part of the same spectrum,

the way electricity and magnetism
combine into electromagnetism.

A free society rests on four boxes --
the soap box, the ballot box,
the jury box, and the ammo box --
to be used in that order.

The political portion relies on
the ballot box and the jury box,
for changing society from within;
the revolutionary portion relies on
the soap box and the ammo box,
for changing society from without; but
they are all part of the same boxing match.

It is the citizen's duty to understand
which box to use, and when.

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