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This poem came out of the March 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke. It also fills the "laboratory" square in my 12-3-17 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This poem contains disturbing images. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes seduction for violent purposes, a mad science lab, graphic description of slavery and other abuses against sentient beings, brainwashing, vengeance, industrial espionage, death, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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This was the linkback perk poem for the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It is spillover from the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an image prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion and another prompt from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. This poem also fills the "Gothic" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest, and the "Saffron" square in my 9-5-18 Spices card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest.

Warning for gore and monsters.

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Some folks are celebrating Lovecraft's birthday, as in this blog post of a horror poem.

From Terramagne:

April, 1917 -- H.P. Lovecraft wanted to join the Coast Guard, but nearly drowned during an open-water swim test. He emerged hysterical, insisting that something had touched his mind and shoved him toward the surface. Because of this and his poor physical scores, the Coast Guard rejected him. Lovecraft went on to write a wide range of horror stories, many of them featuring mysterious monsters associated with the ocean.
(L-America) In April 1917, Lovecraft tried to join the National Guard but did not pass the physical examination.
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This post does a great job of explaining what makes a story dark, when to recommend or not recommend such stories for different types of readers.  When I say "dark," I usually mean a combination of those and/or other elements, because if it's purely one thing -- such as "gritty" -- then I'm more likely to say that in particular.  *chuckle*  The show Dark Matter is well and truly named; it hits all the listed aspects at one time or another.
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This is the second freebie for the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl thanks to new prompter [livejournal.com profile] elenbarathi.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] annonynous.  It also fills the "Multiple Personality Day / March 5" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest Bingo. This poem belongs to the Cthulhu Mythos.

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... this guy branded his initials on the livers of at least two patients.

There is not enough W in TF for this.  O_O

Man, if this happened in Terramagne, that dude would probably be found floating facedown in the Thames with derogatory remarks branded, carved, inked, and otherwise inscribed on his corpse in forty-odd different languages.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "treats and surprises", running through Halloween.  Leave a prompt, get a ficlet!
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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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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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This poem came out of the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from ZB on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, and [personal profile] serpentine. It also fills the "punishment" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains imagery which may disturb some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It takes place during and after World War II. Thus it features genocide, discrimination, extreme violence, death and destruction, killing captive Nazis via superpower, jailbreaking, erotic art, orphaning, traumatic rage, war trials, extrajudicial execution, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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Thanks to a donation from Shirley Barrette, you can now read "A Haven in a Heartless World" in full.  Families form even in the unlikeliest situations.
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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the artwork of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"The Speakers"


Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *

Notes:

Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction.  Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness.  Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication.  You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication.  Read about how to develop your listening skills.

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr.  This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"Rooted in Place"



Perseverance is no beauty;
her body is slim and attenuated,
her breasts barely formed
and arms altogether absent.

She can hear what people say about her:
there is nothing whatsoever wrong with her ears.

She leans back, leans away,
turns her face to the side
in a thorough show of rejection.

Skin the color of cottage cheese
ends just above the ankles;
her feet are huge and human
and they never want to go anywhere.

It is almost as if she has roots
instead of heel and sole and toes.

Yes, that is it:
Perseverance is rooted in the past,
she is what her body has made of her,
and for all of her resistance

she cannot escape herself.

* * *

Notes:

Perseverance is the ability to keep going in the face of obstacles.  Learn how to persevere.

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the sculptures of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This poem (and the series in general) contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. The setting is a dystopia which is horrible for everyone, with rampant racism, ableism, and other oppression. It features self-bullying, self-harm, pictures of explicit sculptures (although they're amazing as art), and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the sculptures of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This poem (and the series in general) contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. The setting is a dystopia which is horrible for everyone, with rampant racism, homophobia, and other oppression. It features dubious consent, internalized homophobia, pictures of explicit sculptures (although they're amazing as art), and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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