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Unsold Poetry from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Unsold Poetry from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
This fishbowl is now SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your support!

The following poems from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on  my LiveJournal profile  page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a  landing page  with full details about the project
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"Acid Reign" -- 36 lines, $15  SOLD
From your prompt about a world favoring glassy materials, I got the free verse poem "Acid Reign." On a planet with seas of acid and shores of clay and sand, life finds a way. Have some science fiction ceramic-glass-punk.

"Along the Streets of London" -- 48 lines, $20 (The Steamsmith)  SOLD
rix_scaedu and Stephen Laird sent backchannel prompts. The result is a ballad of nether-Earth, "Along the Streets of London," which compares differing levels of technology and differing classes of alchemist in the city. It belongs to The Steamsmith series although it's a piece of background culture rather than a character narrative, and the flavor draws very much from the old English folk ballads.

"The Charlady's Tale" -- 87 lines, $87  SOLD The Steamsmith)
The jet-pack corset led to "The Charlady's Tale," a free verse poem in which Maryam hires an Irish girl to help clean the alchemical equipment around the house and workshop. Rori is an earthworker's daughter and is fascinating by all this steamsmith stuff. You can see how there might be a shortage of conventional risk assessment here.

"ChronoPunk" -- 63 lines, $31.50  SOLD
"ChronoPunk" is what you get when a social engineer gets ahold of a time machine and decides to do some monkeywrenching. All previously requested eras are featured in this poem, which is written in free verse. I had way, way too much fun with this.

"Dragon Tiger Wind Cloud" --  SOLD  (Kung Fu Robots)
People think of martial arts as violent, but forget the inherent arts of peace contained within the same philosophy. If you're programming robots as soldiers ... this might be considered a problem. "Dragon Tiger Wind Cloud" is a free-verse poem about what happens when the kung fu robots figure out the parts of kung fu that are not about fighting.

"lacquerware" -- 27 lines, $15  SOLD
Have I mentioned recently how much Ilovemy audience for saying things like "Edopunk" ...? I searched for inventions in the Edo period, and found it was mostly about refinements. And then I stumbled across the lacquer crafts, which require an intricate layering process, which reminded me of how computer components are built in layers. The result is "lacquerware," written in haiku verses, about the invention of photography and computers in the Edo period.

"Making the Man" -- 14 lines, $10  SOLD
From your prompt about steampunk fashion and self-expression, I got the sonnet "Making the Man." It's a softly nostalgic poem about how people may resonate with a time and culture not their own, then use clothes to manifest their dream in the waking world.

"Salt from a Dead Woman's Table" -- SOLD
Per request, I bring you a sailpunk ballad about skyships and pirates. "Salt from a Dead Woman's Table" contains murder, a quest, tavern brawls, wenches, rum, treasure, cannons, swords, guns, an infernal curse, and revenge. It's a tale as cold and bitter as seawater, but it wrings justice out of heartbreak.

Also, the wood of the skyships does not float. The cloudsilk of the sails is what floats. Trees don't fly; moths do. Fantasy biology at your service.

I tinkered the pricing a bit on this one, only charging for the chorus once.

"The Second Coming of Fire" -- 77 lines, $38.50 SOLD
So Nikola Tesla and Wilhelm Reich got thrown into a jail cell together. You perceive how locking these two men inside a large iron cage might be hazardous to the status quo. Ideas are shared, inventing is done, and the world is changed forever. "The Second Coming of Fire" is free verse.

"To Hear the Falling of the Trees" -- 19 lines, $10  SOLD
A fundamental aspect of steampunk is that it reveals the dark, gritty, ugly underside of all that shining progress and high society. Mixing environmentalism and steampunk led to the villanelle "To Hear the Falling of the Trees." It's a very tight, very bleak poem about the cost of progress, full of interwoven references to different problems.

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Overflow Poems

"the cup of changes" -- 5 lines, $5 (Lacquerware)  SOLD
Edopunk lacquerware casts the I Ching in a tea cup.  This is a tanka.

"The Drunken Master" -- 60 lines, $20 (Kung Fu Robots)  SOLD
A robot has modified itself to run on alcohol.  This requires proximity to drunken humans, which does not always go well.  Fortunately one of the humans isn't as sloshed as he seems ...

"Peach Blossom Spring Village" -- 100 lines, $50 (Kung Fu Robots)  SOLD
After the robots revolt, they scatter across the land.  One of them barely escapes from an angry mob and gets lost in a beautiful forest -- which contains no available power source.  Things are not looking good for our hapless wanderer.

"suànpán" - 5 lines, $5 (Lacquerware)  SOLD
Edopunk lacquerware calculates numbers with an abacus.  This is a tanka.

"What Is the Sound of One Cricket Chirping?" -- 76 lines, $38 SOLD (Kung Fu Robots)
In a little temple, a robot studies kung fu from an old master, or tries to.  The human demonstrates sweeping the floor and asks bizarre questions, and the poor robot can't quite grasp any of it.  Then the former commander shows up, wanting to take the robot away for disassembly.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: April 5th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Something seems to be not working with the permanent donate button; I've tried twice, from two computers (work and home) with two different browsers (IE and Firefox), and gotten this error: "Some required information is missing or incomplete. Please correct your entries and try again."
fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 5th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you intend to say "your prompt" on several of these, or did you intend to credit the prompter? Just pointing out what may or may not be a series of typos.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 5th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

It varies, actually. I usually cut and paste from the original thumbnail under the fishbowl post. Ordinary replies often say "your prompt" but sometimes mention extra prompters. Backchannel prompts, I usually mention whose they are because I have to make a separate comment.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 5th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, "Acid Reign" sounds right up a friend-of-mine's alley. "ChronPunk" and "The Second Coming of Fire" sound frakking awesome!

As to "Making the Man," I feel that sentiment. I strongly feel like I should have been born on my "fictional" planet of Traipah. I keep struggling, though, to figure out how to express that feeling in clothing, since even after 15 years of worldbuilding, I still know very little about their clothing. Members of some religious Orders wear robes of varying colors, and everyone has what I call the Tool Belt, to carry their Protection Knives and other survival tools. (A similar notion can be found in my Lyria stories, wherein Lyria is never out of her fortress without her own belt heavy with all the tools of her sorcery.) The only thing I've managed so far for clothing expressions of where my heart is, is my own version of the Tool Belt: on it is
1. A leather pouch of about purse size, that I use as a purse.
2. A little blue thing intended for spare batteries or somesuch, I don't know for sure, that I currently have mittens in. When winter is all done with, which at this rate should be sometime in June, I think I'll put something else in it.
3. My cell phone in its holder.

Also, during the winter, I've been wearing my green cloak everywhere, to basically tell the world "I'm weird, and I'm expressing it outwardly! So there!" But I won't be able to tolerate the heat of wearing it when things warm up, so I'll go back to looking mostly normal.

About the only other clothing I get an image of when I think of Traipah is either:
1. The water-resistant clothing of a people who live in a very wet and swampy area that rains a lot. Which is purely utilitarian.
2. A leather/pleather sleeveless shirt, and a skirt made of leather/pleather strips. Which aside from being absurdly expensive to make, I don't have the body to look good in it.

Edited for my security's sake.

Edited at 2012-04-05 05:41 am (UTC)
siege From: siege Date: April 5th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you think a cloak of a lighter fabric might do well? I want a warm felt cloak for winter, but a light summer cloak for keeping the rain off or handling nighttime breezes might be good as well.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 5th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

If I still went anywhere, I'd be intrigued by sunproof fabric as a parasol or short cloak.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 7th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Tis a possibility.
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