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

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "personal or public ritual." 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.

What is ritual? Most people think of religion, but in anthropology the definition is much wider.

Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, Path of the Paladins, The Steamsmith.
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of ritual elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cuoio and Chiara, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Valentines Bingo Cards 2-1-19
Fluffbingo Card 2-5-19

Click to read the linkback poem "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (10 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 "personal or public ritual." 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 Dreamwidth, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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. "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" has 10 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; four of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be four 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 "personal or public ritual." I'll be soliciting ideas for liturgists, clergy, celebrants, other participants, deities, neurovariant people, parents and children, adventurers, counselors, anthropologists, superheroes, supervillains, entertainers, medicine people, tribal heroes, gangs, soldiers, sailors, refugees, trauma survivors, others who rely on rituals, establishing a sequence of steps, modifying older rituals for current needs, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, praying, counseling, coming of age, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, ritually destroying an object to release the past, churches, schools, military bases, public institutions, laboratories, theaters, counseling centers, courtrooms, homes, other places where people perform rituals, reverence, haka mana, superpower activation ritual (via words, objects, etc.), free will, spirituality, religion, vestments and other regalia, sacred tools, objects of great personal significance, consecration, desecration, ritual design theory, imprint vulnerability, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, 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 "Unseen, the Yellow Woods." The rest of the poems will go into my archive for future use.

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:15 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Vestments and regalia! Show me the pretty things?

Your beautiful wingfic series: the necessarily personal process of preening?

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:28 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: UU flame and double circle logo (UU)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Personal ritual: Making coffee, without the use of anything electric. Couple of ideas: Chiaria, with a moka pot; Maryam, with a siphon pot (that is SO a steampunk gadget if ever I saw one, *especially* a balance pot)... but Bard's call...

"Public" ritual: Cuoio watches one of the Marionette's promotion ceremonies. (Am thinking that the difference in L-American and Terremagne Family business is that the rituals are not by surprise and are open to all of the members - unlike various current initiation ceremonies both religious and secular where they are held in secret.) (Why does King T'Challah's ceremony spring to mind?)

Comparison: Don Candido and Fiorenza compare notes on Candlemas/Imbolc

Now that Kenzie's physical healing is nearing completion, he needs healing between the ears. I could see this going both ways - a quiet ceremony between himself and one or two others, or a public thing to give himself a sense of Belonging. Or perhaps both if time and Muse allows.

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Date: 2019-02-06 01:58 am (UTC)
readera: This is a recolor of Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho. She has blue hair and is wearing a pink kimono and is standing on a forested path. (Default)
From: [personal profile] readera
Seconding kenzie's prompt.

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
1) Turq sharing a ritual that he learned from Dao and Mingxia with Ansel (and others, if you’d like). Could be anything: a special cold dish for hot days, a holiday tradition, going to the park on the first day of spring, etc.

2) Shiv participating in a positive ritual with assorted Finn-family. Much like with his Christmas tree, I feel like having people who let him adapt rituals as needed helps him be able to participate in them instead of just snorting derisively at them...and now he has people who care about him enough to not only let him adapt things, but help him do so!

3) In the title story of LIFC, Phil points out to Steve that, despite growing up a destitute orphan, he has better memories of his childhood than most of the team do. But they did okay dyeing Easter eggs. Is there another ritual they might all enjoy together? Either one that goes (relatively) smoothly, like the eggs did, or one where they run into trouble somewhere along the line.
Edited (Autocorrect misspelled Turq’s name) Date: 2019-02-05 07:45 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2019-02-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
I like all of these.

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wispfox
Since I'm standing in line trying to get home on a day that downtown Boston turned into a parade... How about the rituals associated with sports fans and/or teams? There must be some.

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Date: 2019-02-05 08:57 pm (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Doesn’t the Stalwart Stan thread have some sports stuff?
Edited Date: 2019-02-05 08:58 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
Which of the denizens of Monster House have rituals associated with their "day jobs": getting ready to "go to work", winding down after work, or even rituals associated with "doing the job"? Is incarnation/summoning one of the potential side effects that can cause problems?

Does Fiorenza ever get involved in helping someone craft up a ritual? And does Don Candido ever wind up lending a hand here?

What rituals have those who have gone through The Moon Door crafted to help themselves manage their transition?

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Date: 2019-02-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
Army of One, what role does the need for routine in the Lacuna play in the forming of rituals? Everyone has their own set, after all, but some are by necessity shared with others (for ex, if someone has a 'ritual' of a family dinner night, the family in question needs to all be present) and that's not always compatible (if my ritual on X day is watching the show that comes out that evening, someone else demanding that it's "family time" will upset my schedule).

LifC: Can I get a Little-'Venger having a do-over on a coming of age ritual? Sadly the set doesn't yet include Jewish heroes, so a Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah is out, but something like that. Like Birthday Girl, but... more specifically a ritual.

Pain's Gray and his first encounter with high protocol social kink. (Or just a social kink experience in general. I often find people watching in the asexy social areas of the dungeon is as much if not more fun than watching a scene go down.)

EDIT: I almost forgot! Shaeth and his people developing the codified rituals of the faith of Drunks. Surely there's more than drinking involved, or a sermon, something to indicate a certain defined church-ness? Given the issues of planning anything around drunk people, how do they adapt for the odds the participants will be slurring words, or falling asleep?
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Date: 2019-02-05 08:15 pm (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Shaeth and his worshipers definitely need some rituals.

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Date: 2019-02-05 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
Boosted on DW and therefore LJ. https://gingicat.dreamwidth.org/1669221.html

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Date: 2019-02-05 08:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] corvi
There's an old Catholic tradition of blessing "healing herbs" to increase their potency on August 15 that I think is really neat. Could you do something inspired by that? Seems like a natural match for Fiorenza or Path of the Paladins, but I could imagine more creative interpretations in other settings.

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Date: 2019-02-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
There's also rituals related to items, putting a dollar under the Infant of Prague and facing him toward the front door to help get a job; putting St. Joseph or St Jude on their heads (for lost objects and lost causes respectively), saying the rosary. Catholic traditions are delightfully full of what a different group might term magic rituals.

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Date: 2019-02-05 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] torc87
Pains gray and Shiv negotiating their play

Pains gray learning to negotiate - his first experience with that woman didn't exactly sound like he negotiated. So him learning how to do so properly and thoroughly.

One God's story - one of his constituents makes it to a year of sobriety. Sone version of the year coin ritual that AA has? A celebration that doesnf shame those that aren't there hut celebrates the hard accomplishment. For that matter Shaeth year away from doing evil ought to be celebrated. His birthday as the god of drunks?

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Date: 2019-02-06 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
Seconding the Birthday of The God of Drunks. Do other Gods in that setting have birthdays? I get the feeling they're rather eternal, and therefore may not have them. But Shaeth does and that's something people would want/need to mark.

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Date: 2019-02-05 09:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
A lot of PTSD sufferers develop rituals to cope, I wonder what some of Bucky's are, and how the team accommodates his need for them.

Hmm... Hermatic magic vs hedge&herb magic I wonder how Fiorenza would deal with a High Ritual Magician? Would they argue, or find commonality? Would she help? [I would presume he was seeking her out for some hard to find herb or something.]

The Lacuna is full of people who were in the military, who are NV... how are they coping with the loss of order and structure, in this brand-new evolving ever-charging society? What rituals do they develop to cope?

Stylet, and finding he misses the comfort of lab safety protocols.

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Date: 2019-02-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
Right now, having joined FAWM (February Album Writing Month, wherein people work on writing enough songs for an album), I'm thinking about the collaborative rituals that people use to help keep them focused and actually doing creative work. NaNoWriMo, word wars, word sprints, the Muse Fusion, Sketchfest, they're all a little different, and yet they all build community and provide people with support in their creative endeavors.

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Date: 2019-02-05 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
yes yes yes

(maybe see also, Mr Ian Woon and the trebuchet, if doing this prompt from a NaNoWriMo angle)

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Date: 2019-02-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
A self-soothing ritual Shiv is embarrassed about (there are many), but when someone "catches" him at it, it's treated respectfully and casually. Prefer something to draw him closer to Elisabeth Finn, but bard's choice.

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Date: 2019-02-06 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
I really like this one!

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Date: 2019-02-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Have a village (or other large group) ask the Paladins to perform a major public ritual, as they (the villagers) have missed going to "church" since things went bad -- possibly on a formerly observed Holy Day.

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Date: 2019-02-06 12:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eseme
I would like to second this one. It's a great idea, and I feel would be a needed poem in the series. Plus I could use feel-good right now.

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Date: 2019-02-05 10:30 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Writer/artist/creator-of-pretty, regularly getting into the brainspace to do the art

Lucky socks (or etc)

Keeping the day on an even keel (starring an autistic character who has structures for this stuff)

Reconstructionist/revivalist polytheists; see also, not the worship of ashes but the preservation of fire

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Date: 2019-02-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
I'm having trouble thinking of prompts, but would it be okay if I tried trading a story or poem about rituals for one of yours when you've finished? Feel free to prompt me as well, I'm learning about how to devote energy to one or more abilities -- but it depletes another strength or protection I have, which is frustrating, since my health is directly related to the energy devoted to it.

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Date: 2019-02-06 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] torc87
Morning rituals for Army of One. Routines for someone who has initiating issues. ADHD for ex. Executive functioning in the morning when things are just starting to turn on.

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Date: 2019-02-06 02:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] iamnotgod
Boosted the Fishbowl!

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Date: 2019-02-06 03:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] curiosity
Hand washing. Making the perfect scrambled eggs. Counting the seconds it takes the sun to fully rise above the horizon.

Aida and her routine for checking her dive gear. Heron and his cookery. Mallory developing a ritual for untangling and dismissing the unhelpful emotions. Cuoio working more on his grief. Chiara using a daily ritual to gauge her happiness with her current relationships. Salvo choosing what to wear.


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Date: 2019-02-06 08:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pantha
Oooh, Salvo! Yes, please!

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Ritual prompts

Date: 2019-02-06 03:26 am (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Army of One with its military bent might have a welcome to newcomers who graduate local equivalent of Basic or Boot Camp

Moon Door should have a ritual around FIRST bite or next change afterwards welcome to the pack

Kenzie should have tribe equivalent status to ger toshav in Judaism, righteous Gentile.

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Date: 2019-02-06 03:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Learning a new ritual, initiations.

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Date: 2019-02-06 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Setting the alarm half an hour early, just to have time to snuggle before having to get up. Bard's choice of setting.

Making sure everything and everyone has what they'll need before leaving overnight - food, water and clean litter boxes for the cats, water the plants, check the locks. Rituals upon arriving: pet each cat, turn on lights, clean litter boxes. How does living in the Monster House change those?

Baking as a calming ritual: The feel of the flour, the smell of the yeast, the resistance of the dough as you knead it in rhythm. Heron might not be able to work with yeast, (which still boggles my mind, given the way yeast reacts to me), but other Finns can, and I bet Shiv would love it.

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Date: 2019-02-06 08:34 pm (UTC)
pantha: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pantha
I suspect Luci may have some pre-silk-routine ritual(s). Those would be nice to see. Bonus if the poem also includes Shiv and/or Gray.


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