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List of Unsold Poems from the April 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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List of Unsold Poems from the April 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the April 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"Anomalies of Mind and Time" -- 18 lines, $10 SOLD
To present the Torn World character Oranaan as a mad scientist, I compared his intellect to the Others. "Anomalies of Mind and Time" is written in free verse.

"Back to Back" -- 26 lines, $15
I loved the phrase "they sleep in the same bed, but never talk" so that became the core image of "Back to Back." This free-verse poem renders various branches of science and mysticism in the metaphor of a dysfunctional family. It is bitter but also a little wacky, like one of those horrible arguments you don't want to listen to but can't walk away from.

"Buggered Up" -- 15 lines, $10
The prompt about mind control and forensics led me into a wicked subtle idea, based on my awareness of how important forensic entomology is to determining time of death (and thus, the timeframe of a necessary alibi). "Buggered Up" is a rondeau about the mind control of tiny flies.[info]aldersprig suggested the rondeau form.

"Catering to the Masses" -- 33 lines, $15
I combined the idea of mad scientists in the kitchen with [info]aldersprig's prompt (on Dreamwidth) about bunsen burners. The result is "Catering to the Masses," a free-verse poem giving a behind-the-scenes look at a convocation of mad scientists. Because hey, somebody has to do the cooking...

"Igor's Creature" -- 110 lines, $55 Microfunding as of 5/10/11
From the prompts about Igor, Igor's view, Frankenstein, and playing God ... I got "Igor's Creature." (Okay, I also threw in some ulterior knowledge from studying the original novel with an eye toward feminist deconstruction of male privilege and class warfare.) This free-verse poem is all about the guy who does the real work while his boss goofs off, hogs the credit, and generally wreaks havoc. Of course Igor winds up cleaning up the mess, but he's also the one who realizes that the monster isn't actually a monster ...

"Lab Partners" -- 38 lines, $15
From the prompt about mad scientists and their secret society, plus others involving white hair and electricity, I got the free-verse poem "Lab Partners." It gives a glimpse of what draws mad scientists together and what their culture is like.

"Lab Rage" -- 76 lines, $38
Two different people asked about "mad as in angry" scientists. So, I give you four low-ranked and frustrated scientists who are tired of being oppressed, their high-ranked oppressors, a weird-ray, a Jesus Gun, and a fire-fight in a laboratory. "Lab Rage" is free verse and all in good fun.

"Nanny Hammer and the Dawnsday Machine" -- 113 lines, $56.50
From the prompt about a benevolent mad scientist, I got "Nanny Hammer and the Dawnsday Machine," a free-verse poem in which a mad scientist teams up with Gaia to save the world from human foolishness. There are guard critters and a two-headed robot.

"Nerds of the Vengeance" -- 69 lines, $34.50
From the prompt about the mad science of marching bands, I got the free-verse poem "Nerds of the Vengeance." Ambitions start small ... but they don't always stay that way, especially when people try to thwart them.

"Pig Tales" -- 38 lines, $15
The prompt about a guinea pig mad scientist combined with others about a spork in a lab and mad scientists with thick white hair. "Pig Tales" is a free-verse poem about the adventures of Jenny, her experiments on human subjects, and what happens when PETA shows up.

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