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The Poetry Fishbowl has made its $250 goal three times, so you get a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, April 17. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Wednesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

(Sorry I didn't get to this earlier today. I was busy stumbling through the yard putting half a roll of orange duct tape on dozens of saplings I've planted previously so they wouldn't get cut. It's taken this long for my brain to boot up enough to remember that I should announce next week's fishbowl because oh yeah Tuesday.)

Below are some of the shorter series that you could choose to feature. All of these appear on the Serial Poetry Page. Vote for what you'd like to prompt and/or sponsor in a fishbowl. You may vote for more than one theme if you wish. Preferably, don't vote for all of them because that makes it harder to narrow down a winner.

Beneath the Family Tree (prehistoric fiction)
In 2013 there came some interesting discoveries in hominid research. One archaeological dig revealed several hominid skeletons that raised questions about how closely or distantly related the branches of our ancestors might be. Other evidence indicated interbreeding among Neanderthal, Denisovan, modern humans, and at least one other group. While everyone else was arguing over whether they were one species or several unrelated species, I thought it would be more interesting to explore the possibility of multiple species living together in peace. The series began with "One Wide Tree."

Clay of Life (Jewish fantasy)
This series began with the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. The poem "Clay Feet" introduced the golem Yossele and the traveling blacksmith Menachem. Jewish culture and folklore contribute much to this series. Themes include spirituality, freedom and service, friendship, and craftsmanship.

EDIT 4/11/17: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth notes: "Clay of Life. It's Pesach -- and will still be until sundown on that day. Need I say more?"

A Conflagration of Dragons (apocalyptic fantasy)
This series began outside of any regular event, when I made a post about "The Macroeconomics of Middle-Earth" with regards to Smaug, and my audience discussed the implications. I wound up posting an outline of events in which several dragons attacked different cities and a refugee camp. Then I realized, nobody has really written about a fantasy world devastated by a sudden cluster of dragon attacks. The focus is usually a single attack and the response of heroic characters. But what happens if there are many attacks, and all the heroes die? Begin with "The Janardanakavita."

Feathered Nests (sociological science fiction)
The Fifers are a race of birdlike aliens who have five genders and a polyamorous society. The aleph males are assertive and territorial, with large dark ruffs and bright plumage. The beth males are easygoing and live between the territories of the alephs; they have smaller pale ruffs. The faeder males are gentle and won't tolerate alephs or beths who are too rough, but live inside an aleph's territory; they look much like females, with drab plumage. The modor females enjoy topping other females, have low interest in males, but will follow along if their 'special friend' gimel chooses to mate. The gimel females enjoy bottoming to other females, but are also the most interested in males and typically do the mate selection, bringing along any 'special friend' modor(s) they may have. The most stable and productive family structure incorporates all five. Humans have begun interacting with the Fifers. In the process, some humans find that the five-way gender and family structure has some appeal for them too. This is improving relations between the species. This series began with "Faeder Way" in the April 1, 2014 fishbowl.

Poll #18177 Bonus Fishbowl Theme for April 2017
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

Which of these themes would you like to see in the bonus fishbowl?

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Beneath the Family Tree
2 (14.3%)

Clay of Life
13 (92.9%)

A Conflagration of Dragons
3 (21.4%)

Feathered Nests
7 (50.0%)


Absolutely appropriate to the season

Date: 2017-04-12 05:01 am (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
Clay of Life. It's Pesach -- and will still be until sundown on that day. Need I say more?


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