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The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal. 
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This is the second freebie for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] elinox. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] acelightning. It also fills the "frighten" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"The Green Monkey"


It's hard when you're born
technically human, visibly human,
but so weird you don't fit in --

when your body looks female
but your soul feels male,

when you're so smart that
you finish the worksheet before
the teacher finishes handing them out,

when you can hear things that
humans aren't supposed to hear
or say things that everyone claims
only babies can learn to pronounce --

and you can't help but remember
that experiment with the monkeys
where the scentist dyed one of them
and the others tore it to pieces,

when you keep seeing murders
of trans nerdy freakish people
whenever you turn on the news,

when every time that you go out
you feel people's eyes on your back,
crawling over your skin like spiders,

and you don't know why you
seem to frighten them so much
but it's clear enough that you do,

and you can't help but wonder
if you're the green monkey.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon of [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "homelessness" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Posting this means that the sequel "Come Out of the Darkness" can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.

Warning: This poem contains a few touchy tidbits. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features partial helplessness, awkward gender dynamics, help with personal care, dramatic scars, unannounced arrivals, insecurity, low self-worth, emotional overload, confusion, and other challenges. Mostly it's fluff, though. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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I have finished writing for the fishbowl.  The general fund poll is closed and those verses have been posted to "The Inner Transition."  I still have one sponsored poem to post, "Come Closer in Kinship."

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, October 16 through Sunday, October 22.
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Based on an audience poll, "The Inner Transition" has 7 new verses.  Stylet emerges from the shower in rather better shape than he went in.
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The general fund currently contains $10. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open at least until Saturday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

There are two open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $243 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $101 to be complete.

Poll #18930 General Fund for October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


Which of these should get the $10?

View Answers

"The Inner Transition"
8 (50.0%)

"The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
8 (50.0%)

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This poem is from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 10-1-17 card in the Fall Festival Bingo.

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This poem came out of the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] elinox, [personal profile] siliconshaman, YM, and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "experiments by evil scientists" square on my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "severed limbs / body parts" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains imagery that may disturb many readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. It features Turq's memories of mad science torture in captivity and other hardships after his escape. This includes graphic child harm, imprisonment, acute and chronic pain, terror and helplessness, graphic torture, graphic medical details, Dr. Carl Bernhardt (because Bernhardt is always a warning), Nazi-esque practices, body horror and dysphoria, unwilling transformation, depersonalization and derealization, alienation from human identity, traumatic bonding, forced separation, attachment damage, implied murder(s), mental decompensation, memory loss, traumatic restraint, traumatic manifestation of teleporting, inadvertent maiming (and possible death), extreme gore, vomiting, living feral, extreme sensory changes, disorientation and fascination, hunger, scavenging, theft, begging, self-hate, shame and guilt, pranks, teleportation trauma, offensive use of superpowers, nightmares, confusion, and other mayhem. This poem relates major parts of the storyline, but essentially expands on things already nutshelled elsewhere, so you could probably skip it without losing too much context. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "trust" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This is the free epic for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal, selected in an audience poll. It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by [personal profile] kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the series Lacquerware, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.


chadō


the tea master is
also the accountant: she
measures, stirs, and pours
to balance the accounts as
carefully as the tea things

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The October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open at least until Wednesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

"Chaos and Disruption"
Summary: Jerryrigger tells a wannabe anarchist what anarchy is really like.
80 lines, Buy It Now = $40

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
Summary: A young man has to choose between his family and his career.
105 lines, Buy It Now = $53

"Transcend Apparent Limits"
Summary: Sparring isn't just about exercise, it's also about trust. Cuoio and Chiara are really into both of those things.
117 lines, Buy It Now = $59

Poll #18922 Free Epic for October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


Which of these should be the free epic?

View Answers

"Chaos and Disruption"
6 (26.1%)

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
3 (13.0%)

"Transcend Apparent Limits"
14 (60.9%)

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This poem came out of the October 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] heartsinger. It also fills the "forced body modification" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest and the "creepy" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to the read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes extreme stress, innate and unwelcome body changes, reference to a past metabolic disorder, dysphoria, frustration, ineffective therapy, seeking a new therapist, talking about feelings, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "excitement" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem is spillover from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "hearth and home" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "ocean" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo.


"Fisheye Lenses"


Sometimes I sit in front of an aquarium
and imagine what it would be like to be a fish.

The light is golden-green where it shines
through the leaves of the waving plants, and
the water is clear and soft -- except at the edges.
I imagine that fish don't understand glass.

I can't look at a river without
thinking myself into it.

The water here is silken and twisted,
skeins of current running fast and slow,
the taste of home pulling salmon upstream
like a silver fishhook without a barb.

Whenever I see the ocean,
I remember the fish within it.

Color becomes meaning,
and life requires motion;
every surface is colonized,
incorporated into the ecosystem,
all flotsam and jetsam seen as
fair game, finders keepers,
but I can't help recalling
that this is still litter.

The human body is
a vessel for the spirit, but
it doesn't have to be a cage.

I have learned how to slip out and
see the world through fisheye lenses,
a kind of mental gymnastics that

keeps my soul limber and free.


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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rhodielady_47. It also fills the "balance" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"Telltails"


It's there in the instincts,
pouncing on a sudden motion
or else shying away from it.

It's there in the desires,
a yearning for sushi
or bloody-rare steak
or even wheatgrass.

It's there in the body language,
turning ears telegraphed into
a certain tilt of the head,
or tail wagging butt.

It's there in the thought patterns,
in the dynamics set to herd or pack
or solitary instead of troop.

It's there. It's there.

It's true, even if nobody else
can see it for what it is: Otherkin.

It's there in the telltails, and
it's true, even if it isn't real,
as inescapable as skin.

It takes time to find the balance
between Human and Other, and
it's not always easy, but then again,

balance is what tails are for.

* * *

Notes:

Otherkin are people who identify with a species other than Homo sapiens.  The differences can be subtle or downright dramatic.  Some Otherkin get along fine in human society, but others pass for human only because most humans think everything that looks human must be  human.  Here are some clues that someone might be Otherkin.  In my experience, the best way to handle this is to try it out.  Does treating yourself or your friend as a wolf/dragon/sidhe etc. make life easier?  If so, continue and look for more such accommodations.  If not, look for some other model that works better.

Tails are common throughout much of the animal kingdom.  They serve many purposes, including balance.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank your for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this post as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  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.

If you're not familiar with today's theme, some relevant options include:
* Werewolves, vampires, and other "gothkin."  See Frankenstein's Family, The Moon Door, Bat Vampires, etc.
* Anthropomorphic and otherwise animal-featured characters, or aliens with a strong similarity to certain animals.  See Feathered Nests, Fledgling Grace, The Godship Wanderers, Hart's Farm (the reindeer shifter and possibly selkies), Polychrome Heroics (any of the animal or anthropomorphic soups), Schrodinger's Heroes, Starfather, etc.
* Created or modified beings, and other near-humans.  See Beneath the Family Tree, Clay of Life, Diminished Expectations, Kung Fu Robots, and Monster House.
* General experiences of othering and alienation.
* Type the theme into your favorite search engine and look for appealing images or articles.

Click to read the linkback poem "Gliding In" (9 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 


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 "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  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.  "Gliding In" has 9 verses and belongs to Polychrome Heroics.   
 

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 "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Otherkin, furries, anthropomophs, therianthropes, fae, outcasts, unlikely allies, antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, aliens, othering, racewashing, facing thresholds, shunning, kinmaking, belonging, questioning, debating labels, dropping out, losing everything, hiding in the closet, exploring your true nature, learning what you can do, coming out, telling your own story, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, faerie mounds, alien planets, alleys, classrooms, counseling offices, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, bohemian hangouts, the developmental arc of identity literature, self-discovery, self-awareness, intentional neighboring, vested interest, personhood, erasure, alienation, rejection, attachment issues, oppression, challenges of getting a job, sexualization of the Other, reproductive freedom, transformation into the Other, fae family dynamics, legal rights, 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 "Gliding In."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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[personal profile] callibr8 has finished updating the landing page for Path of the Paladins.  All of the newly sponsored poems are linked accordingly.  So if you want to go back and read this series from the beginning, now is a good time.  If you want more, you'll need to prompt for it, because all the previously written stuff is now published.  \o/

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