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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank your for your enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "genderqueer people."  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 "Hatching into the Future" (Dragonsilk, 20 verses).

Note #1: Today is April 1, which is my birthday.  (Yes, I'm working, I love my job, it is fine, and you can give me prompts as presents.)  I don't enjoy pranking, and especially not today.  Thank you.

Note #2: The entire datastream of the world is corrupt for about the first two weeks of April, until all the pranks have been found and labeled.  Therefore, if you want to leave a prompt that benefits from a supporting article, it helps immensely to link to an older  one.

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 "genderqueer people."  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, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl, #promptcall, and #crowdfunding.  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. "Hatching into the Future" belongs to the series Dragonsilk and has 20 verses. 

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 to be selected in an audience poll.

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 "genderqueer people."  I'll be soliciting ideas for transfolk, two-spirits, genderfluid or agender people, gays, lesbians, asexuals, historic figures, genderqueer shamans, gendershifting deities or heroes, other folks with uncommon sex/gender identity, alien or fantasy genders, bigots, gender scholars, discovering something unusual about sex/gender, changing sex/gender, coming out, passing, falling in love with an incompatible gender, transbashing, plot twists, holy places, stages and theatres, bathrooms, bedrooms, other places where sex/gender may be an issue, confusion, self-hate, the joy of self-discovery, adaptive equipment, pride flags or rings, historic legends about genderqueer people, queerplatonic or otherwise queer relationships, vocabulary, 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 Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms 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 "Hatching into the Future.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 05:40 pm (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: in red serge Benton looks askance (Benton looks back)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
Cross-gendered (social presentation 'contrary' to biological sex, without body dysphoria)


Outdoor and indoor men

Achilles with his drop spindle

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 05:58 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
The Girl Who Pretended To Be A Boy, collected by Andrew Lang in The Violet Fairy Book. That's your prompt. Beware in-story cissexism (but it's old enough to be public domain on the basis of age, so really, what does one expect), but it's a genuine classic (if little-known) fairy tale with a trans protagonist.

How do humans manage with so few genders of pronoun?

Changing reproductive systems, though an expensive proposition (like a tattoo), is doable, and fairly easily (like a tattoo). (Changing back is of course equally expensive-but-easy.) Changing gender...some folks find it easy, some folks don't.

A rigidly gendered language (a la "el sombrero", "la camisa") with at least five genders. (Fascinating and possibly pertinent fact: Hindu pronouns are genderless. It's the verbs that are gendered.)

"No man may [X crucial to goal]—no, nor woman neither!" "Forget a few people, bub?"

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
-Two genderqueer or trans people meet for a blind date and are both relieved to find out the other one understands their situation.

or maybe

-In the indeterminate sci-fi future, sex ed includes a unit where you swap biological sex for a month; one student decides not to switch back.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
chanter here, posting anonymously due to sneaky access from work. Ah! Wasn't sure I'd have time later, between voting and dinner with a friend.

*How do wings manifest on nonbinary-gendered folks in Fledgling Grace I.e. agendered people, someone intersexed, a demigirl or demiguy, someone transmasculine?

*Also Fledgling Grace: What is the peacock-winged transman from 'Pluck' up to? For that matter, what about the red-bellied parrot woman at the wingdresser's who had plumage showing peach on the undersides of her wings?

*Polychrome Heroics: As promised, wrapped up in a blue bow - happy birthday by the way! Pax interacting with an ace, grey or demi, and all that that entails. Romantic and sensual orientations may also vary, of course.

Re: Poem

Date: 2014-04-02 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
I wondered where you'd go with that one, given all the possible variations and expressions of identity in that setting - hen-feathered or rooster-feathered folks, not to mention all kinds of other dimorphic plumage, wings that don't show gender at all... There are so many possibilities, and it's marvelous. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 06:15 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: (Dragon Orange)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
Gendered roles vs. gendered presentation. Chainsaws and party dresses. fluffy-femme with a wrench and a hammer, bearded masculinity in the kitchen.

Edited to add:

the representation of hair in gender, and encountering a society where that (or another gender tag like colored clothing) is read just as strongly - for the other gender.

A genderfunky person in a gendered societal event - bridal shower, bachelor party... both?
Edited Date: 2014-04-01 10:38 pm (UTC)

Genderqueer people and their friends

Date: 2014-04-01 07:15 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
What's it like * from the genderqueer person's perspective * if they work up the nerve to tell a friend about the issue... and the friend just takes it in stride, no more shocking or important than discovering that the genderqueer person dyes their hair?

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 07:26 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Courtship on the ruff model in a society of sapients.

Extra points for a binary-model scientist getting their paradigm bent in the process.

human relationships - Tamarin style

Date: 2014-04-01 07:30 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (fox)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
I liked that link about the animal mating rituals. I like the tamarins, I knew about the bonobos. It ALL happens in nature, morons! - to the teenage idiots teasing me for even having 2 guy friends.

Pick a religious form for this one, please: David, in Torah, has a wide range of relationships. I always saw him as bisexual, and since learning the term, genderqueer as well.

Many Loves of David

Date: 2014-04-04 03:58 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Now sponsored. Gimme, gimme, gimme! ;-)

Have a funeral for a friend today, the father of my daughter's best friend since preschool. I need something for me, my me time, to help them. :-/

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-01 07:34 pm (UTC)
chordatesrock: The Punishment of Loki by Louis Huard (detail) (Default)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
Here I am, leaving my prompt: Loki.

Also, chanter's prompt got me thinking about the possibility of wings outing someone. As anything.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-02 02:30 am (UTC)
mdlbear: (poly-heart)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Genderqueer demiromantic or demisexual.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-04-02 02:35 am (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Going to a public restroom first time post-op.

Realizing that the person you're in love with doesn't care what your gender is, they love *you*.

A genderqueer person not fitting the role society has for them, for example: in their society, all genderqueer people are seamstresses, but zie wants to be a woodcutter.


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