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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  I'm still writing, so keep an eye on this post.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "small yet crucial moments of courage."  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.

Click to read the linkback poem "Leaves Upon the Water" (14 verses, standalone). 


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 "small yet crucial moments of courage."  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) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



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.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "Spontaneous Vacations" has 10 verses available and stands alone.
 

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.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


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 "small yet crucial moments of courage."  I'll be soliciting ideas for heroes and heras, villains, warriors, first responders, parents, lovers, the misunderstood, fish out of water, outcasts, abuse survivors, troubled relationships, bodyguards, running in while other people are running out, expecting the unexpected, jumping in front of people, resisting oppression, upstanding, speaking truth to power, facing your demons, punching up, protesting, keeping a lid on it, apologizing, cleaning up the mess, battlefields, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, protest rallies, lairs, alleys, liminal zones, government buildings, playgrounds, self-sacrifice, disruptions, soup care, unusual vulnerabilities, medals, radical transformation, epiphanies, the inescapable, the indestructable, humility, humiliation, garbage can lids, virtues, appreciation, 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 New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco 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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Leaves Upon the Water."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
So I'm not even sure where I'm going with this, but here is my boy, being courageous in the face of mousies who are WAY WAY TOO BIG.

IMG_0033

loiosh and sadie mae

Also I mean goats. Goats are awesome.

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:32 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Now there's a mouse that can bell a cat with *impunity*.

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:30 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Cassandra and Groundhog: One of them (don't care who) takes That First Step, Which Is A Doozy...

Mallory, heavily pregnant and a black cape, is the unlikeliest of herae, but... (hell hath no fury?)

Eric and TeeJay run in when others run out, make the front page in Waxahatchie... and maybe a few people realise that POC can be awesome too.

Prompt

Date: 2017-03-07 06:32 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I'd like to see a moment of courage in Mercedes, CA (someone standing up for Drew or Jules, perhaps?) Something with a lot of uplift, PLEASE.

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Date: 2017-03-07 07:26 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
(request for moment of courage, in Mercedes)

seconded

THIRDED!

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:43 pm (UTC)
curiosity: Close up of a tabby cat's face from nose to corner of the eye, including part of the muzzle and a few whiskers. (Picto: Lightpole and Tree)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
* Salvo has a surprise for Cuoio and Chiara.

* something with Blocks and The Analyst.

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:57 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Being the pebble that jars the wheel out of the track is great for changing direction, but hard on pebbles.

Comfort in liminality, and how being the person who can swim in the deep can save the day.

Have you heard of the bredlik? It's a very new poem style in pseudo-Chaucerian language.

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Date: 2017-03-07 07:22 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Commenting "blind", i.e. without reading other prompts.

[1] Speaking truth to power, even when you *know* you'll take heat for the result.

[2] Choosing to keep living, in the wake of devastation and/or pain so overwhelming that one literally cannot think of anything that's left to live *for*.

YAP (yet another prompt)

Date: 2017-03-07 07:28 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
A woman (such as Valor's Widow, or Sabine), suddenly and untimely widowed in the prime of life, navigating her way to a future where she can thrive.

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Date: 2017-03-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Survival is resistance.

Someone has to be the first to speak up against an injustice, and that in itself is vital—but it's equally important to be the second person. (If perhaps easier!) Because one instance might be an anomaly. Two, a coincidence. Three—and it's ever so much easier for the third person to speak up if they hear two others speaking up first—that's a pattern.

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Date: 2017-03-07 10:58 pm (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Picture of two cats lying back-to-back with two black spots connecting to make a heart. (E: Heart)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
I'm going to go for some probably obvious ones:

- Shiv
- Turq

Fill it in as fits their narratives. Both their latest poems have been filled with quite a fair bit of small yet crucial moments of courage, so maybe for either of them a poem where they notice what they did took a lot of courage, perhaps even though it seems like it should be a trivial thing that requires no courage.

Or, since I've been seeing a lot of this at the moment, I'd love to see a prominent community member or celebrity publicly apologise for having effed up and clean that mess up effectively even though doing so cost them. Is that too big a moment of courage for your purposes, though? To me it seems like the kind of thing that actually requires a lot of courage yet is perceived as requiring only a little.

Oh. Or something about Calliope and Vagary? They both still have a long way to go, so there are plenty of small moments which may not seem very courageous because they're interactions we often take for granted. Yet, due to the shaky nature of their relationship and the bad start, they'd be things that do take them courage to do.

Lastly: Lawrence does something people think is heroic. Ideally without Stan present to help/be helped because otherwise Lawrence is probably going shift all the praise onto him.

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Date: 2017-03-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Someone in Rabid/Rapid City, South Dakota is openly not a fork, trouble be damned.

When welcoming the stranger, as in Lutheran theology, is a bold move.

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Date: 2017-03-08 12:38 am (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
1) From a friend of mine, that I already set on your works:

"Open call to the hive mind: please tell me about books that you have read and enjoyed by LGBTQIA+ authors, authors of color, and/or genderqueer/non-binary authors. The further an author can get from cis heterosexual white male, the better." A classic author appreciated by my Goth friend is Jane Austen.

So I will pass back ANYTHING that gets those characters too.

2) Ambrose now has a truth from Shiv, an epiphany, about WHY soup powers and supervillains exist. Have him go speak this truth to power, definitely punching up. ;-)

3) Facing your demons and cleaning up this mess

4) Small courage in Army of One, because the hardest thing after another meltdown sometimes is going BACK into a seemingly simple task, even if you have a plan. Make the plan work, please?

5) First responders, lovers, abuse survivors, and soup care - yes, all together...

Thanks!

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Date: 2017-03-08 03:36 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
A few quick prompts that I saved earlier, since I have neither brainpower nor spending moeny this week:

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Whales in space - or the start of the journey there anyway. You can’t exactly call it a small step when they have flukes and tails, not legs…more of a short swim, perhaps.

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Shiv actually talks through something that scares him and notices that he feels better (along with other things because ECR Boy) after bringing the topic up with someone who is worthy of trust. Possibly prior to his release, maybe Ambrose being a sounding board for him re: the Finns; possibly after, learning how to stretch towards his potential with the Ebonies & Ivories.
http://dialecticdreamer.dreamwidth.org/301828.html?thread=6122244#cmt6122244

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An Army of One: listening and focusing on someone's spoken words can require a lot of courage and a pretty big leap of trust, if it's hard to process and if experience is telling you they are going to be saying things that don't work, don't fit the plan, or don't make sense; sometimes it's still worth it; sometimes people even listen *back*...

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Signal boosted on DW.

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Date: 2017-03-08 11:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
I'd like to see that moment when Stylet decides enough is enough, and chooses to surrender.

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Date: 2017-03-08 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Tangential but related, I'd like to see Limestrike surrender. Talk about courage!

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Date: 2017-03-08 03:26 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: (nike)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Something in An Army of One, please.

Also I can't resist including a link to my song Quiet Victories, not as a prompt (unless you want it to be), but because it fits the theme so perfectly.

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Date: 2017-03-08 08:29 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Dammit, Bear, that song brings tears just to *read* sometimes...

Catharsis /kuh-THAR-sis/ n. That feeling of "there but for grace go I"...

(la la la la la...)

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Probably too late, but....

Date: 2017-03-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
mama_kestrel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Living between worlds, cultures, or disparate groups.

As a real-world example: a friend of mine (now in her 80s) is a Jewish woman from an orthodox family in England. She went to Israel in her 20s, married a Palestinian doctor, and moved to America. Neither of them converted, nor expected/wanted the other to do so. Both of them are deeply involved in their respective religious communities. They have been keeping that balance for 50 some years, setting an amazing example for those around them.

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Date: 2017-03-08 08:38 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: BMW Motorrad (beemer)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Shalom and Salaam to your friends. They're awesome.

(What's funny to me is just how little overlap there is between the metric biker gang - which is deeply geeky - and fandom, specifically filk... less than five percent.)

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