The following poems from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.
There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox" (now complete), "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," and "The Emulsification of Humankind." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request
.( Read more... )"TERF Wars"
Your prompt about queer issues inspired the free-verse poem "TERF Wars." When T-Oregon adds an Other category to its paperwork, Stan and Lawrence wind up discussing the implications at school.
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Stan stumbled onto a battlefield"The Things That Really Interest Me"
without quite realizing how it happened.
One minute he was walking into
the commons for lunch, and next thing
he knew, everyone was yelling.
Your prompt about Bouchet inspired the free-verse poem "The Things That Really Interest Me." Ansel finds Kyle worn out from finals, and suggests a solution.
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Ansel walked into Cup of Comfort
looking for lunch, and instead found
Kyle McCartney sprawled over
a table in the little niche.
Quickly Ansel crouched down so
he could see the young man's face,
and then gently shook his shoulder.
"Kyle? Are you okay?" he said.
From this I got the free-verse poem "Treasure Box." Someone fills a donation box with pirate gold. Much hilarity ensues.
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Vivian Dennett struggled to pry the top"Twice-Wise Tiresias"
off of Planned Parenthood's donation box.
When it finally came loose, she saw
why it had gotten jammed so badly.
"Well, drat! Some darn fundie
must have crammed this thing
with brass pirate tokens," she said.
This inspired the free-verse poem "Twice-Wise Tiresias." It explores the mythic history of sex change and connects it with modern experience.
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This prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A Wanderer with Purpose." Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
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The thing that bugged Shiv most"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
about Simon and Tolliver was
that he never really understood
what they wanted with him.
Oh, he could ask them
and get an answer, but it
never made any damn sense.
Your power exchange prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You're Afraid to Ask For." Pain's Gray decides that Shiv is ready to try kink on purpose. Hawt! Hawt! Hawt!
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It took weeks for Shiv
to convince Pain's Gray to try
giving him another powergasm.
To his surprise, the time was
well spent and even enjoyable.
I've written four poems about Kenzie's subsequent experiences with the Iron Horses, this time from his perspective.
"Taking Care of Things" covers the evening he was found and the following night, with lots of coddling.
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The four days following
Kenzie's inadvertent Sun Dance
were terrible and wonderful for him.
The Iron Horses stuck close by his side
all the day that they found him
and the night afterward.
"Two Foxes" covers the first day after Kenzie's rescue. It has more tension because some of the Iron Horses are off raining hell on the gaybashers, but also more social support and discussions about Kenzie's gender identity.
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The morning after Kenzie's rescue,
he learned that Blair and most of
the other Iron Horses would
be riding out on an errand.
"I didn't realize that you were
actually superheroes," he said.
"Come Closer in Kinship" covers the second day after the rescue. Blair's parents show up and disrupt plans in some fun ways.
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The second day after
Kenzie's impromptu Sun Dance
dawned bright and clear.
Ben brought breakfast, which
turned out to be acorn mush
with real maple syrup and
slices of venison sausage.
"Come Out of the Darkness" happens on the third day. Kenzie shares his struggles with Ida, who has seen it before and offers sympathy.
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On the third morning after
Kenzie's rescue, Ida decided
that he needed some fresh air.
She found him leaning against
the wall of the roundhouse where
he was admiring the altar niches
that covered the back of the kitchen
facing the master bedroom.