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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this space, as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "rites / rights of passage."  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 "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 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 "rites / rights of passage."  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.  "Rewriting the Narrative" has 9 verses 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 bonus piece.

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 "rites / rights of passage."  I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, 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 "Rewriting the Narrative."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2017-08-01 04:51 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
On taking holy orders. Bard's call as to the 'verse.

Harvest on Hart's Farm

The Northwest Passage. (o/~ One Warm Line.. o/~)

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Date: 2017-08-01 04:56 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
completing a rite of passage grants one a right of passage

initiation (religiously speaking)

liminal spaces / moments

carrying one's newlywed bride over the threshold is actually kinda sexist, let's fix that tradition :)

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Date: 2017-08-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
bairnsidhe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
I keep thinking of Kenzie and what other rites (aside from his accidental/unwilling Sun Dance) he'd want to do. It seems he's joined the Iron Horses, but would he feel weird being very white in a group of Native people? I know the Iron Horses wouldn't make a distinction, but it seems he'd want something he chose to go into it too.

"Bigamy is the only crime where two rites make a wrong."--- Bob Hope (Extra request for /healthy/ polyamory if you do this one.)

EDIT: I also spread the word on tumblr, bairnsidhe.tumblr.com/post/163682791844/ysabetwordsmith-poetry-fishbowl-open

Edited Date: 2017-08-01 05:48 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-08-01 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] readera
Coming of age rites for mixed background or making your own coming of age rite. Ex: bar/bat mitzva, sweet sixteen etc

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Date: 2017-08-01 08:56 pm (UTC)
we_are_spc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
QuinciƱera/o comes to mind, as well.


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Date: 2017-08-01 07:28 pm (UTC)
dreamwriteremmy: Alexis Bledel, a brunette smiling sitting on a bench (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
Polychrome Heroics (any thread): naming rituals

Any universe: letting go of old stories as a rite of passage


Date: 2017-08-01 07:42 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
For me: facing death knowingly. Getting ready for cardiac surgery, planning kid's B'nai Mitzvah, and moving forward with my path to the rabbinate anyway. The cardiac surgery has to stop my heart for a few hours and have me on a heart and lungs machine.

My prayer at the moment? May I have a nice chat with Uriel and my 11 years ago deceased mother, whose Yarzheit is Friday. (My psalm after the events of https://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10811898.html names Alicia as Aviva bat Uriel, with the author a previously wounded IDF soldier named
Aviva Newman who witnessed the end.)

Slytherclaw Kid: ALL the A's, planning to come out at said B'nai Mitzvah, and dealing with a Rabbi who's a LOT MORE TRICKSTER than I realized before coming out to her about my speech. Torah portion: Genesis 18:20-33. If Abraham can bargain with G-D for even 10 innocent people, I can argue with the idiots trying to make me, agender, asexual, and aromantic, something I'm not born to be. Rabbi was happy and looking forward to it?!?

Re: Prompts

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Date: 2017-08-01 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot
Someone learning to say no


Sliding across dimensions, who has the right to end up where

Getting permission (or being denied) to go into someone else's space (literal or metaphorical)

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Date: 2017-08-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
we_are_spc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
...dammit, I wish I had even *that* much, because faerie rings=so much awesome. :d :d :d

(And I might 3even have-er=-help seeing the pics if I ask nice and give well. ;p (Hell they help me find other things, why not images?)


But even that description makes it sound freaking cool. :d

-Fallon and some others~

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Date: 2017-08-01 08:13 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
In L-space funerals tend to be pretty much cookie-cutter, unless you can claim a religious or ethnic exception. Then you get the standard one for that...

I can't quite see that being the case in T-America, but how do they handle that?

Linked on my blog

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Date: 2017-08-01 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ellenmillion
Age-set tests.

Licenses as ritual.

Getting a pet as a sign of growing responsibility.

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Date: 2017-08-01 11:54 pm (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
For inspiration and/or mention: A passage prayer (minimally denominational)

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Date: 2017-08-02 03:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Passages claimed. Example: if an Amish woman in her 20s (or older) does not wish to marry, she can claim adult status by making whatever alterations to her clothing would signify married status to her community. If maidens wear a white apron and married women a black apron, she can "turn her apron".

A true story: I studied Russian with an old White Russian professor in the mid 1970s. He and his family had left Georgia in the mid to late 1920s, sometime in the first few years after the Soviet conquest of Georgia, but, as he put it, they didn't have passports or visas. "Who takes a passport or visa to go on a hike in the woods" he asked, twinkling. In the middle of the night...in the middle of a storm...carrying a toddler and a 4 year old...yeah. But with the storm, it was no wonder they got turned around and lost, and just happened to walk across the border into Armenia. And as suspicious as the Soviet border guards were, it was as much as their lives were worth to try to go home...so they didn't. They went to on, ultimately ending up, somehow, in Indianapolis.

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Date: 2017-08-02 05:09 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
In the Lacuna, people invent their own rites of passage when they feel they need one. Sometimes a particularly apt one catches on.


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Date: 2017-08-02 07:17 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Redoing a religious ceremony or commitment to get it right this time. Right gender, right partner, right faith...some important aspect of identity or interaction that had an incorrect default that WILL be fixed by doing all the steps properly.

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new shinies, yay!

Date: 2017-08-02 02:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
My brain seized up when I tried to think of a prompt, alas. Taking a look at the thumbnails for various poems, though, I'm thoroughly intrigued, and eagerly look forward to seeing this batch as it gets posted, particularly "The Retraction Factor", "By Right of Passage", and "The Bamboo That Bends". Plus, "The Fool at the Threshhold"... the title alone is evocative on multiple levels.

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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Ysabetwordsmith, peoriapeoriawhoart left this on my link to here, https://librarygeek.dreamwidth.org/8643.html.

Wrights become journeymen.

Cryptids going 'humaning' (like birding, but with fewer feathers.)


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