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I found this article about the Marrakesh Treaty to improve accessibility of print materials.

Terramagne has one too, but it is somewhat different. I couldn't resist laying out some of those divergences. You can see how they're doing things a little faster and better. *chuckle* And what happens when a supervillain has reasons of enlightened self-interest to back the thing. ;)

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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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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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Here's an astute suggestion on how President Obama should handle the Senate's attempt to prevent him from doing his job by refusing to do theirs: He can give them notice that if they don't act, it constitutes a waiver of their right to participate in selecting a Supreme Court judge, and then he can simply appoint one.  It's a terrific way to ensure that they have a chance to exercise their right, while making sure they can't logjam the government.
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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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This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"The Right People"


Get enough people to vote,
and everything will be fine.

This is politics; this is history.

It is the argument behind
everything from voter drives
to campaign promises

It is true as far as it goes --
people working together can
accomplish tremendous things --
but here is where it breaks down.

Get enough people to vote,
and everything will be fine.
Of course, the "right people"
are the ones I  want.

That's the part that
they can never agree on.


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This is today's freebie, inspired by [personal profile] ellenmillion. I really like how ambiguous it turned out, because it highlights how tolerance, like propaganda, has both positive and negative aspects. This poem belongs to the Torn World project, and it also fills "the messenger" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest.

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 ... and the Republican dude has clearly brought a pocketknife to a lightsaber duel.  DO NOT read with your mouth full or in a quiet area.


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Illinois is holding its primary election.  Here is some information about issues and presidential candidates.

If you're voting today, make an "I voted" comment and you can reveal a verse of any unfinished linkback poem.  If you've already voted in your state's primary, then tell me to claim a verse.

The following poems have verses left to reveal.  When you comment with your voting claim, let me know which poem you want to extend.
"To Choose a Direction"
"Unfamiliar Feelings"
"From Silica to Silk"

"Knitting into Community" NOW COMPLETE
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 Republican obstruction over the Supreme Court nominations is drawing harsh criticism from voters.  \o/
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 Inevitably the Republicans are trying to prevent Obama from doing his job again.  They don't care that he's the President, they only care that he's black.  >_<  Dudes.  When the music stops, the President gets to pick the next player.  That's how this game works.  STFU.
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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Unfit Proxies" is now complete.  Find out more about the Free Islands of Lisande.
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This is the linkback perk poem from the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It came out of the October 20, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Librarygeek.  This poem also fills the "brave" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest, and the "truth or dare" square in my 6-1-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest. It belongs to The Ocracies series. All 11 verses have been posted.  You may reveal more verses by linking to an unsold poetry page.


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Here's an article about Bernie Sanders and race relations.  This quote caught my eye:

“I have never, ever seen a person running for president come through here. Not one time,” he said. “At first, I wondered if he is just trying to get the black vote. But I did some research and found out he fought a lot for civil rights, and even marched at one time with Martin Luther King. I never knew that. And in his speeches, he says, ‘Yes, black lives do matter.'”

So here's this white Jewish dude, he's not black, his state is mostly white ... but he's got some roots in equality activism, and one more thing.  You wave a problem in his face, he doesn't ignore it.  He goes out and gets some goddamn experience.  Maybe it's not a lot yet, but when was the last time you saw a politician respond  to a protest with anything other than "Stop whining?"  He's talking with people who know this shit.  He's going into their neighborhoods to see where this shit happened.  That matters.

That more than any speech says, in footsteps, black lives matter.  At least to him.  Because he'll go out of his way to look at a problem that is not, personally, his problem.

This is what makes activism work, when people acknowledge problems and look for solutions, and then it doesn't have  to reach riot proportions, because you're already addressing the issue.

That's leadership.  That's power.  And whether or not it goes where I hope it does, I'm happy to see it.
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This poem is from the October 20, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "cuddle with a friend or pet or pillow" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "make-up" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user my_partner_doug. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for the montlhy fishbowl meeting its $250 goal three times.  Today's theme is "The Ocracies."  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.

So far this series has 10 little nations, and I've updated the series page to list them all: Nomocracy of Narr, Hagiocracy of Gyronny, Plutocracy of Aurea, Bonocracy of Ophele, Hamarchy of Helgi, Hoplarchy of Ledes, Hipparchy of Pelip, Patriarchy of Darthalem, Duarchy of Twale, Matriarchy of Sherin. You can ask for more of any of them, or request something new. See the list of governments for inspiration.


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 "The Ocracies." 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 "The Ocracies."  I'll be soliciting ideas for politicians, citizens, adventurers, villains, innocent bystanders, borders, battlegrounds, refuges, cities, trading routes or posts, disputed areas, electing or appointing people, arguing over points of politics, moments of personal growth or discovery, new accomplishments, horrible realizations, plot twists, side scenes from previous events, everyday issues transmuted into fantasy versions, local color, cultural motifs, and 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 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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