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Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 16, 2011 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 16, 2011
The theme for the perk fishbowl was Monster House; for more about this series, see the serial poetry page.  It took a little while for the prompts to start arriving, then they moved quite briskly.  There were 41 comments.  I worked from 1 PM to 8:30 PM, so about 5 1/2 hours, allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote a total of 8 poems.  Length was well distributed across short, medium, and long with several epics.  The two form poems were a double-dactyl and a list. 

Almost all of the poems combined multiple prompts.  That helped me get through most of the prompters, although I didn't manage to write something for everyone.  I had a choice of closing the prompts early, skipping some of them, or letting the fishbowl run full length.  Ultimately I decided to skip some, that being the option explicitly listed in the parameters (i.e. only donors are guaranteed a poem based on their prompting).  The extra fishbowl is a new thing, and it doesn't handle quite the same as the regular version, so it may take me a while get the hang of this.  A total of 18 people sent prompts, all previous participants.

I have added all the new poems to the Monster House entry.  Those published online are linked; the others are just listed.  There are now 20 poems in this series, wow!  The new ones included several near the beginning and others toward the end of the established timeline, as best I can tell.  It was kind of interesting to look at them after they were written and figure out, "Okay, this has to happen after X but before Z."  Also, the tone varied more than usual.  There has been some variation from the beginning, but this series has leaned strongly towards humor.  This time the tones included creepy and mournful as well.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Guidance Counseling"
"Home Is the Hunter"
"House Rules"
"Restoration"
"Sonset"
"Thunder Without Rain"
"Weed by Weed"


Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, the two unsold poems from this fishbowl are:

"Guidance Counseling" -- 166 lines, $83
From the prompt about school, and a similar one from fayanora, I got the free-verse poem "Guidance Counseling." A school counselor visits Monster House to discuss how a blind child manages to get around so well.

"The Picket Fence Committee" -- 73 lines, $36.50
From the prompt about the house as a monster, plus one from eseme, I got the free-verse poem "The Picket Fence Committee." Not every house is meant to look like the American dream, and unwanted visitors sometimes get a rough welcome ...

Also, "Restoration" is currently in microfunding, posted one verse at a time as they are funded. You can buy more at $.50 per line.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Backchannel copies have been sent to the respective prompters. There is no general poll at this time.

Donors for this fishbowl include: the_vulture, jenny_evergreen, zianuray, laffingkat, and kitrona. Special thanks to jenny_evergreen for extra promotion in her one-card draw and attendant cycling of crowdfunding donations from one project to another. Welcome to new donor kitrona, whose participation activated the second freebie poem. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!


The Poetry Fishbowl project has a permanent landing page. See also the Serial Poetry page on my website for a guide to the series.

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thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: August 20th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

My birthday's in just about a week and half, and supporting poetry is certainly on the list. Will you keep me posted as to where the Picket Fence and/or Restoration is? If the Picket Fence has not already been funded, I'll throw in the pot, if it has been, I'll see about Restoration.

Thanks? :) I really enjoyed this bonus poetry fishbowl - I love the MonsterHouse.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 20th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

>>My birthday's in just about a week and half, and supporting poetry is certainly on the list.<<

Happy early birthday!

>> Will you keep me posted as to where the Picket Fence and/or Restoration is? If the Picket Fence has not already been funded, I'll throw in the pot, if it has been, I'll see about Restoration.<<

Yep, noted and logged.

By the way, "The Picket Fence Committee" is the last unsold poem from the mid-month fishbowl. You folks nearly bought the whole stock already!
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