Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "anything goes." You can ask for whatever you want. Favorite settings, characters, storylines, themes, etc. are encouraged. You may also request things you've wanted that I haven't done yet. If you have been saving any prompts that haven't matched a theme yet, now is the time to post those.
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.
Stuck for ideas? You can find prompts by ...
* seconding someone else's prompt, which makes it more likely to get written.
* reminding me of something we discussed previously regarding a character or storyline.
* picking something from the Bingo Generator prompt lists.
* browsing my Serial Poetry page or QUILTBAG list for inspiration.
* naming a favorite character, setting, or storyline you'd like to see more of.
* looking up fun things on TV Tropes.
* requesting a poetic form (tanka, sonnet, etc.)
* plugging a favorite topic into your search engine and choosing a picture that looks interesting.
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 "anything goes." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
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) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.
3) 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.
4) 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"
5) 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.
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 "anything goes." I'll be soliciting ideas for ... anything at all! Favorite characters, ideas for new ones, plot twists, stop-trope repairs, strange settings, whatever tickles your fancy. Now's the time to bring out all your cool ideas that haven't quite fit a previous prompt call. 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 two editions of Lewis Turco's The 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.
EDIT 8/13/17: Thanks to a donation from zianuray this poem is now complete! \o/
EDIT 8/13/17: bairnsidhe sent a donation and we're discussing which poem to open for microfunding. :D
Participation was good, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and 58 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All a Man Can Do"
"Approaching the Faerie Ring"
"The Fool at the Threshold"
"The Four Gates"
"Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
"Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"
"Shopping for Privileges"
"Rewriting the Narrative" (May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"A Series of Transitions" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Find Yourself in the Garden" (Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, July 4, 2017)
"Taking Care of Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Speakers" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"Rooted in Place" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"The Higher a Monkey Climbs" (Polychrome Heroics, commission)
Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 1, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
Currently sponsored poems have been posted. This time donors include: daisiesrockalot, dialecticdreamer, janetmiles, Rook from Antisocialites, technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Big Brother and the Cyberbully" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
We have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be fully funded. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One and needs $83 to be fully funded. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be fully funded. You may route the funds into one poem or divide it among them.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22
How do you want to distribute the $73?
ALL $73 into "The Inner Transition"
ALL $73 into "The Order of Their Stars"
ALL $73 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
Divide the $73 about equally among ALL THREE poems
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Warning: This poem contains controversial topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features suicide, cyberbullying, failed therapy, an internet troll, revenge by ostracizing someone from electronics, and other mayhem. If there are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25
Which of these should be the free epic?
"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
"So Closely Allied"
"The Four Gates"
There are four gates
that people pass through
on life's journey --
the beginning of the quest
and the introduction to family;
the transition from childhood to adulthood
and the awakening of desire;
the shift from "I" to "we"
and nest of the next generation;
the end of the quest
and the return to Spirit from whence we came;
and all of these passages
we undertake together
in love and fellowship
except for the last.
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Rites of passage mark the major transitions of life. Most cultures have some way of observing birth, puberty, marriage, and death.
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