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This month's theme was "pet peeves." I worked from 12 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later in the week, for a total of 12.

Participation was dramatically lower, with only 16 comments on LiveJournal and 24 on Dreamwidth. A total of 16 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [livejournal.com profile] cflute.

Read more... ), [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donors [personal profile] pocketnaomi and Melanie Goldmund. Despite the low turnout, donations were very enthusiastic; I sold almost everything I wrote. \o/

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" is the free epic. That's the second tally for the $250 goal.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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 [personal profile] technoshaman sponsored the remaining verses, so you can now read "Bearers of Witness with Justice" in full.  Watch the Japanese whalers get theirs.
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The audience poll routed $18.75 into "Bearers of Witness with Justice," which now has 10 new verses.  Enjoy a discussion of compassion, and prayer time.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "monsters." I'll be soliciting ideas for werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, Frankenstein's creature, dragons, chimerae, sea monsters, mythical beasts, lovable monsters, heraldic beasts, the misunderstood, monsters as disability pride, outcasts, nemeses, bullies, abusers, oppressors, slavers, psycho bosses, troubled relationships, supervillains, superheroes, monster hunters, fleeing in terror, questing for the beast, fighting monsters, resisting oppression, facing your demons, feeding the right wolf, genetic engineering, lairs, lonely mountains, the forest primeval, the dark, oceans, liminal zones, mad science labs, government buildings, The Tower, battlegrounds, graveyards, other mysterious areas, preternatural biology, special weapons, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, wings, tails, horns, scale, fur, tentacles, the moon, cthonic symbolism, the unspeakable, the inescapable, the indestructable, things man was not meant to know, the nature of humanity (or lack thereof), what makes a monster, when the monsters are scared of the humans, hubris, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "E Meglio Star Solo" (14 verses, Fiorenza the Wisewoman). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "gathering courage" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. 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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I have posted a general fund poll for $18.75 into open epics, left over from the half-price sale in The Moon Door.  If you're not on LiveJournal you can vote in a comment.
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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "discovery" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills "the Patriarch" 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 Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "Identify a feeling you're having" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "left brain / right brain" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest, and the "amnesia" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] book_worm5 and[livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem came out of the April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It has been inspired by the "shapeshifter" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. It was sponsored by Janet Miles. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem has some intense content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes messy medical details, intrusive ideation, debates over the usefulness and safety of drugs, references to past self-injury and sexual abuse, depression, and other challenges. Current environment is safe and supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The new monitor and mouse have been installed, so my computer is working normally now.  I'm striving to catch up with backlog.

Thanks to assorted donations, including some nice big chunks from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth and smaller tidbits from the general fund, there are 36 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  See more whinging from the Japanese sailors and everyone else's thorough lack of patience with it.
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "secret allies" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It was inspired by the "Policing with Velvet Gloves" article. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Show a Genuine Concern" so make sure to read that one first.

Warning: This poem contains some sensitive subjects. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes emotional angst, reference to past debates over city planning, an extremely hidebound academic advisor, intense academic stress, bureaucratic bullshit, and other challenges. However, it ends with plans for positive changes to Kyle's major, so the overall effect is upbeat. Readers with past or present academic conflicts may find this poem unsettling. This is the middle of three poems about Kyle, so skipping it would leave a gap. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the June, 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "permission" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features awkward interpersonal dynamics, emotional angst, graphic consequences of drug abuse, messy medical details, wrangling over how to separate inmates from hazardous contraband, and other tensions. This poem is plot-relevant, so skipping it would leave a gap in the storylines. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The free epic poll is up on LiveJournal.  I'm offering a selection of Shiv's poems this time.  If you're not on LJ, then you may vote in a comment.
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This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills Row 1 in my 9-2-16 Culturebuilding card for the Worldbuilding 4x4x4 Festival. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains material that may be disturbing to readers. Highlight to read the spoilery warnings. It features drag racing, high risk to innocent bystanders, police pursuit of supervillains during an active crime, use of a tracking device to tag illegal zoomwagons, graphic description of car crash, messy medical details, light sensitivity, impromptu coordination between police and a superhera, and other angst. People who have recently been involved in a bad wreck, or know someone who was, may find this poem stressful. The overall approach focuses on good problem-solving, though. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "weakness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Napoleon is trying to mindroll people again, ineffectively. He is allergic to soy and whining about food he can't have. Lily's mother Narcissa is a cunt, who does not respect people's dietary parameters or other boundaries of personal integrity. But it's still a pretty cute poem. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Planned Obsolescence"


Once people took
pride in workmanship,
crafting the best tools
they possibly could.

Things were built to last
and made so that they
could be maintained and
repaired over time.

Now they design for
planned obsolescence,
using the cheapest materials
they can possibly obtain.

Things are built to work
just long enough and then
fall apart, disposable crap
meant to be replaced.

Furniture has gone from
good solid wood to plywood
and pressed board, then to
plastic and even cardboard.

Cars once made of real metal
are now flimsy fiberglass shells
that crumple and shatter on impact
and cannot be maintained at home.

All that we have left of our ancestors
is their art, their buildings, their tools;
the things we make become our legacy,
and the future will not think much of ours.

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