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This poem is spillover from the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mashfanficchick. It also fills the "short temper" square in my 2-28-19 card for the Meet Ugly Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the square "The Pursuit of Happiness" in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma. It also fills the "Waldorf school" prompt in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Arts and Crafts America series introduced in "A Country of Craftsmen."

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Today I learned something new about gender history: President James Buchanan was gay.  That is so awesome.  Feel free to prompt me for that if you wish.
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From Jewish tradition, a prayer for transformation:

תפילה להפך – מאבן בֹחן | Prayer for Transformation, from the poem Even Boḥan (“Touchstone”) by Rabbi Qalonymus ben Qalonymus ben Meir (1322 C.E.)

---8<---
Father in heaven
who did miracles for our ancestors with fire and water
You transformed the fire of Ur Kasdim so it would not burn [Avraham]
You transformed Dinah in the womb of her mother [Leah, to a girl]
You transformed the staff [of Moshe] to a snake before a million eyes
You transformed (Moshe’s) hand to (leprous) white
and the Sea of Reeds to dry land.
and the sea floor into solid and dried-up earth
You transformed the rock into water,
hard flint to a fountain.[15]
Who would then transform me from a man to woman?
---8<---
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Our theme this time was "Easterns as a Genre." I wrote from 12:30 PM to 4:15 AM, or about 13 hours 45 minutes accounting for breaks. I wrote 6 poems on Wednesday (the fishbowl got delayed this week) and another 7 later.

Participation was much lower, with 15 on LiveJournal and another 35 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.

Easterns as a genre proved quite popular. We introduced a new series, the Hollow Way, with three poems.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"A Country of Craftsmen"
"The Diary of the Human Race"
"The Line of Righteousness and Justice"
"The Lowell Mill Girls"
"The World's Columbian Exposition"

"Gökotta" (January 1, 2019 outside prompt calls, Hart's Farm)
"The Queen of Crows" (February 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics) (free epic)
"A Perfection That Eludes Us" (December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from March 6. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All the sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] erulisse, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors.  Per the $200 goal, "The Queen of Crows" was the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's 3 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "historical" square in my 1-3-18 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

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 I've said this myself, but this rendition is nearly liturgical in its elegance.  Look at the lovely parallels.  Such a graceful way of saying, "Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye."
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This poem is spillover from the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] starbit. It also fills the "broke student" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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 Pluto now has official names for some of its places.  I'm thrilled with how multicultural they are.  There's only one female, but that's better than nothing.
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] satsuma. It also fills the "Artist" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card in the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] erulisse.  It belongs to the series Arts and Crafts America.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "rebel" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.

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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 "easterns as a genre." 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 you can do with this:

Polychrome Heroics has these in entertainment, such as TV and movies. Some are described on the easterns as a genre post. You can prompt for any of those, either the show itself or someone watching it.

Walking the Beat connects with lesbianism and Boston marriage. Mostly it's going to be exciting new territory, though.

You could launch a new series on any eastern theme.

Or just pick a topic for a standalone, and I'll write about the things that go on in easterns without making an eastern genre item per se.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Meet Ugly Bingo Card 2-28-19

Click to read the linkback poem "Gökotta" (7 verses, Hart's Farm).


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 "easterns as a genre." 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. "Gökotta" has 7 verses and belongs to Hart's Farm.


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 "easterns as a genre." I'll be soliciting ideas for workers, immigrants, Italians, black people, landlords, politicians, police, lawyers, judges, lesbians, feminists, suffragettes, other woman-identified women, Quakers, parents and children, teachers, artists, entertainers, famous historical figures, commuting, working in factories, fighting for rights, establishing a sequence of steps, immigrating, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, coming of age, inventing yourself, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, profiteering, recovering from slavery, establishing a movement, struggling to support yourself, choosing to relate to other women, falling in love, examining relationships, time period ~1865-1900, the East Coast, cities, factories, churches, schools, skyscrapers, department stores, public institutions, theaters, courtrooms, slums, homes, other centers of civilization, Boston marriage, free will, spirituality, religion, church revivals, industrial revolution, poverty and prosperity, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, imprint vulnerability, public education, the press, competing moral systems, family dynamics, cool color palette, fine arts, entertainment, vaudeville sensibilities, wastefulness, crime, nativism, classism, divorce, Prohibition, 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 "Gökotta". The rest of the poems will go into my archive for future use.
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Pirates are indifferent to disability.  <3  This is historically documentable.  They had a high rate of injury, but they were tough bastards, and in some cases innovators in the field of prosthetics.  In fact, a split hook is still among the most popular upper-body prosthetics.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "easterns as a genre." I'll be soliciting ideas for workers, immigrants, Italians, black people, landlords, politicians, police, lawyers, judges, lesbians, feminists, suffragettes, other woman-identified women, Quakers, parents and children, teachers, artists, entertainers, famous historical figures, commuting, working in factories, fighting for rights, establishing a sequence of steps, immigrating, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, coming of age, inventing yourself, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, profiteering, recovering from slavery, establishing a movement, struggling to support yourself, choosing to relate to other women, falling in love, examining relationships, time period ~1865-1900, the East Coast, cities, factories, churches, schools, skyscrapers, department stores, public institutions, theaters, courtrooms, slums, homes, other centers of civilization, Boston marriage, free will, spirituality, religion, church revivals, industrial revolution, poverty and prosperity, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, imprint vulnerability, public education, the press, competing moral systems, family dynamics, cool color palette, fine arts, entertainment, vaudeville sensibilities, wastefulness, crime, nativism, classism, divorce, Prohibition, and poetic forms in particular.

Read about easterns as a genre.

The original idea for easterns came through Polychrome Heroics, since Terramagne has them as television shows and so forth. Walking the Beat connects with lesbianism and Boston marriage. Mostly it's going to be exciting new territory, though.

I have a linkback poem, "Gökotta" (7 verses, Hart's Farm).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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Yes, some refugees today are in exactly the position of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.  They leave or they die, because some countries are killing Muslims or Christians or whatever else they've decided to hate; others are killing gays and transfolk and women who wear pants; quite a few are targeting doctors, scientists, journalists, and other intellectuals; and several just seem to be shooting anything that moves.  It's the same.  It's people fleeing genocide because they don't want to die.  

And countries are responding now just as they did to Jews: turning them away.  Oh sure, after  WWII everyone was "shocked" and "sorry" that Jews sent back to Germany were executed en masse.  After most of the Jews were safely dead and not in need of food, shelter, or any other assistance anymore.  People will turn back desperate masses and then be "shocked" and "saddened" when a toddler winds up drowned on their beach.  Well, when people are in dire situations, they will escape as best they can, and if nobody helps them do that safely then quite a lot of them will die along the way.  So everyone who supports  refugee-hostile polices becomes guilty of refoulement and shares part of the moral burden for those deaths, because their choices lead to actions that lead to dead refugees.  Those who fight for human rights are not at fault for the errors of others.

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