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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'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "families of choice."  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 "Twice-wise Tiresias" (8 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 "families of choice."  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.  "Twice-wise Tiresias" has 8 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 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 "families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for children, adolescents, elders, parents, polyfamilies, fosterlings and adoptees, best friends, zucchini, work partners, allies and antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, clergy and other officiants, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, caregiving, kinmaking, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, telling your own story, replacing a dysfunctional family, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, life stages, intentional neighboring, vested interest, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, reproductive freedom, alien family dynamics, legal rights, definitions of family in different cultures, 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 "Twice-wise Tiresias."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Date: 2017-09-05 06:03 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: (writing)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Heron and Mallory and their whole clan... isn't she rather close by now?

We haven't heard from Victor and Igor in a while...

Cuioio and Chiara? (that's a double... family/Family)

Alien family dynamics. Tim?

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Date: 2017-09-05 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] readera
Seconding Victor and Igor & Cuioio and Chiara!

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Date: 2017-09-05 06:18 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Queer artist collective.

Meeting The >1.

Accidental adoption.

Building religious community.

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Date: 2017-09-05 07:25 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: (technopagan)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
oooh, I like that last one. Relevant to my interests.

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Date: 2017-09-05 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] readera
Interracial or intercultural foster families or blended families.

Sharing cultural traditions and holidays with your family of choice or making new traditions together.

Yay, fishbowl!

Date: 2017-09-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Something Fifers? I loved Faeder Way, and was curious where it might end up going.

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Date: 2017-09-05 06:36 pm (UTC)
janetmiles: Cartoon avatar (Default)
From: [personal profile] janetmiles
Seen on Usenet, back in the day: "He's so far in the closet his email address ends in @narnia.csl"

Gaming groups

Geek Social Fallacies

Natural disasters and people coming together to help

Rejecting a label, even though it might be objectively accurate from an outside point of view, because it doesn't feel right, while honoring and respecting others' choice to use that label to describe themselves

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Date: 2017-09-05 07:03 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
(Other Tumblr folks should reblog, as that makes it more visible than separate posts.)

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Date: 2017-09-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
ext_132468: Photo of strawberry-filled daifuku (Default)
From: [identity profile] freshbakedlady.livejournal.com
Boosted! http://joycesully.tumblr.com/post/165019410379/ysabetwordsmiths-upcoming-poetry-fishbowl

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Date: 2017-09-05 07:09 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Top of mind right now is returning to school and, relatedly, coordinating consequences and strategies and responsibilities across two neurodiverse kids and three neurodiverse parents.
Edited (Typo) Date: 2017-09-05 07:09 pm (UTC)

Some characters to consider

Date: 2017-09-05 07:17 pm (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
In Clay of Life, what families do Menachem and Yossele belong to?

An Army of One: Sargasso Base, and likely Bounty 3d3n, are probably getting a lot of people moving around as they discover friendships and alliances. Are there smaller bases/outposts, say, half a dozen to a dozen, where those who remain are sorting out family groupings because they're all in this together? And some folks who want to leave on the next ship out because they don't fit in?

So far, there's Astin/Spalling/V, and Astin/(maybe) Palmer/(possibly) V as potential family groupings. Any other families Astin's part of?

What about the AYES? Are they joining up in some way? With humans who aren't their pilots/want to live shipboard as part of the mix?

Depending on what comes of this, I may have some sponsorship money for "Two Foxes". What is the lowest amount $49.50 or above that sponsors a complete verse?

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second chances

Date: 2017-09-05 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
One of Fred Small's songs, Scott and Jamie, poignantly describes the brothers who are its subject as "pinballs in a busted machine". I'd love to see an alternate ending to the story, in which the rectal-cranial inversion behind their forcible separation from their adoptive dads is rescinded or overcome, and they are able to re/build their family of choice.

Also: signal boosted on DW (done) and FB (in progress)
Edited (added mention of signal boost) Date: 2017-09-05 07:43 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-09-05 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
Danso's future plans are quite complex already.

Also, Shiv and Turq.

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Date: 2017-09-06 02:07 am (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
Shiv, Turq, their respective families, and balancing accounts in relationships.

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Moon Door

Date: 2017-09-05 08:16 pm (UTC)
ext_132468: Photo of strawberry-filled daifuku (Default)
From: [identity profile] freshbakedlady.livejournal.com
I would love to see more of the pack family/support group in the Moon Door series.

Someone mentioned above about creating new traditions--it would be neat to see these people with chronic health issues navigating the stress and pleasures both of holidays. Even good and exciting celebrations can wear on those of us with chronic pain. The post-Thanksgiving food coma, frex, takes on new meaning when you *have* to rest after all that exertion.

That can be terrible when surrounded by people who don't understand, but these people would be able to create an accommodating celebration.

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Date: 2017-09-05 10:22 pm (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
Seconding the Moon Door prompt.

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Date: 2017-09-05 09:10 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
Seconding that we haven't heard from Victor and Igor for a while. Also Dénes, Dorottya and Csilla.

The strength and power of online relationships (of any kind). People still devalue those a lot. :(

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Date: 2017-09-05 09:42 pm (UTC)
ext_132468: Photo of strawberry-filled daifuku (Default)
From: [identity profile] freshbakedlady.livejournal.com
Oooh, digital relationships. Seconded! With a possible expansion into the fantastic--relationships between AIs? Siblings in code?

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Date: 2017-09-05 10:20 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Making yourself a family... literally!

Schrödinger's Heroes in a universe where the Mob won. [like the TOS episode, A Piece of the Action].

Quilt-bag families, with a range of cape colours.

Families of choice prompt

Date: 2017-09-05 10:43 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Turq, at Ansel's grandfather's farm, and maybe his cohort brother, the one with the stag form?

More on the wolf pack dynamics, and can they remain friends with the one who wants werecat form?

Victor and the priest. That's family and clergy together.

The ship who's been adopted by the young human, and that human?

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Date: 2017-09-05 10:52 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Haven't seen anything from Hart's Farm in a while.

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Date: 2017-09-05 11:09 pm (UTC)
curiosity: A large full moon over a mountain slope. (Picto: Moon and Mountain)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Cuoio isn't just building a team, he's building a family. Chiara and the others are deciding where they fit.

Danso takes stock of his growing family.


Date: 2017-09-05 11:53 pm (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a panther being stared at by multiple other animals (this panther has been to Colorado)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
I'm later, but I made it! :D

1, Terramagne: Rhoda Parquetry and her family, as in Gina, Natalie and everyone else, on a fun outing somewhere. I've randomly started imagining Samirah (?) and Nestor (?) swapping a few words of Arabic and Spanish, and how Rhoda's biological family would positively flip at that, about which Rhoda happily no longer gives two darns.

2, also Terramagne: Turq is formally adopted. Joy all around, please! And can Nebuly be there, as someone who gets a friendly introduction to Turq's adoptive family? I would love that friendly connection to linger for him, truly, for everyone's sake.

3, Terramagne again: Kincade and Sanquez: Fully intentional platonic partnership of the beat partner sort, even if it's not articulated quite as such... heh.

4, An Army of One: Bexley and Falconwing, and possibly others from the Lacuna - maybe an introduction to the Minotaur? Not picky about what, just yes please to more of their interactions and story.

I want to ask about Blueshift Troopers, but... I may or may not backchannel you on that one. I'm not sure yet.

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Date: 2017-09-06 02:18 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline

Bexley from An Army Of One - reclaiming, exploring, parting and rejoining.


The beauty of dappled things. Swirling cross-currents. Complex braids. Mixtures.

The open hand. The open gyre.

Days without rain.

A paean to water.

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Date: 2017-09-06 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
$5 as promised for the general fund "Accomodating Celebrations"
(did I do that right?), in thanks for your continued awesomeness!

(Also, I got your poem based on my prompt and loved it; I just haven't had words right to tell you so.)
Edited (Found a specific poem I wanted to support) Date: 2017-09-06 02:34 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-09-06 02:31 am (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
"It's a fool don't know that his family's his crew', a line from Vixy's Mal's Song.

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Late to the Party

Date: 2017-09-06 03:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nsfwords
Sneaking in late...

- when biological family gets upset about the whole idea of "family of choice" and starts trotting out all the old adages about "you can't choose family" or "you can only trust family" or my very least favorite "you should be thankful we're family, or we wouldn't have to love you" (Not a real upbeat prompt, but I feel like some of your characters may have heard these little "pearls of wisdom" at some point in their pasts)

- adding to the numerous calls for Turq, Nebuly, or Shiv.

- adding to the calls for Frankenstein's Family

- Monster House. More about how the monsters feel about being made welcome in the home. I always loved our "house monster" when I was growing up. It was supposed to be this irritating being who took whatever you were looking for and hid it right when you needed the item the most, but I was never irritated- he always seemed so playful and mischievous, so I could never get mad!

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Date: 2017-09-06 03:39 am (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
I'm too sick to enjoy reading all the comments, but what comes to mind is virtual family--the very real people who you hang out with every day via technology, who you have never met in person or even heard their voices, but who support you when you're down and cheer you on when stuff is hard and celebrate your successes with you.

I also always love to read about Hart's Farm.

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Date: 2017-09-06 04:08 am (UTC)
mama_kestrel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Chosen-family meeting family-of-origin and trying to make it clear that they're welcome too, should they so choose. Culture clash can make that difficult, and it can be wrenching for those who feel forced to choose.

The Iron Horses as a family by affinity.

Shiv learning about SCA Households. Do the Finns belong to one? Or lead one? I can just see Hugh Lightfingers in an otherwise law-abiding Household!

Adoption as near-sibs between adolescents or adults. Blood-siblinghood is not just a meaningless ritual; that is a binding tie across many levels. But is the brother of my sister also my brother?

The far-flung and close-knit spirit kin-ships facilitated by the internet.

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Date: 2017-09-06 07:48 am (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Maryam seeking a wife and/or an heir.

Monster house -- someone whose point of view hasn't appeared before. Possibly the troll?

Pets and/or working animals.
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