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List of Unsold Poems from the November 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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List of Unsold Poems from the November 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the November 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

"Absent Hills" -- 30 lines, $15
From the "fairy doors" prompt I got the free-verse poem "Absent Hills." It explains why the doors started appearing in different places, and how the fairies have adapted.

"The Door of Years" -- 16 lines, $10 SOLD
Clearly the answer to "What's so special about doors in trees?" has to do with growth rings. So I combined the science of dendrochronology with the classic fantasy motif of magical gates. "The Door of Years" uses the repeating-line format of a quatern, though it has more syllables per line.

"The Middle Passage" -- 32 lines, $15
From the "slave trade" prompt, I got the free-verse poem "The Middle Passage." It explores not just the history of the slave trade but how it became part of America's makeup and still influences us today.

"The Pear Gate" -- 14 lines, $10 SOLD
One of my favorite settings, the Whispering Sands desert, has several descriptions for the door between life and death. "The Pear Gate" describes one of them. It's a khazal which is a Whispering Sands form somewhat similar to a Middle Eastern ghazal, written in unrhymed couplets.

"Puerta de los Muertos" -- 10 lines, $5 SOLD
I combined "the passage of the dead" with prompts by wyld_dandelyon, siliconshaman, and aldersprig. The result is the free-verse poem "Puerta de los Muertos." It describes one kind of door used for travel between this world and the next, according to Voodoo tradition.

"The Road More Traveled" -- 30 lines, $15
From your prompt about finding something new, I got "The Road More Traveled," a free verse poem. It blends metaphoric and material roads and images to explore what can be found -- both new and old -- along a well-worn route. I was actually reminded of certain historic routes, like Roman roads, the Silk Road, and America's wagon trails.

"Sinking into Shadow, Climbing Toward the Light" -- 24 lines, $10
I picked two of these images, descending and ascending stairs. "Sinking into Shadow, Climbing Toward the Light" is a free-verse poem about exploring catacombs, with subtler allusions to the passage through life.

"The Waters of Hades" -- 20 lines, $10 SOLD
From this I got "The Waters of Hades," a poem about crossing Styx and encountering the other rivers of the underworld. It's written in dactylic couplets, a Greek format.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 5th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
The Pear Gate sounds intriguing. A poem form from one of your worlds? Neat.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 5th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I've written a bunch of poetry from or about the Whispering Sands.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 5th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I just donated $10 for "The Pear Gate."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 5th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted this poem.
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