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Unsold Poems from the November 5, 2013 Fishbowl

The following poems from the November 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems 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.


"Birds of a Feather" -- 108 lines, $54 (Fledgling Grace) SOLD
The Fledgling Grace prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Birds of a Feather." The bat-winged busker goes to a family reunion and finds herself less than wholly welcome.

"Daddy's Little Girl" -- 41 lines, $20 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis) SOLD
From a Dreamwidth prompt about Shaeth and Desdemona, I got the free-verse poem "Daddy's Little Girl."  When Mommy is off sacking a city, Daddy babysits.  Family fluff with bits of adorable evil in it.

"Family Histories" -- 28 lines, $15 SOLD
Based on a prompt about gods and descendants, "Family Histories" is about world mythology and how it plays out over the dinner table.

"The Family You've Got" -- 60 lines, $20 (Diminished Expectations) SOLD
A Dreamwidth prompt about inspired the poem "The Family You've Got."  Credence, Silence, Reverence, and Innocence develop a language of their own ... and plans for themselves that diverge from what others have planned for them.

"Gathering Family" -- 226 lines, $113 (The Godship Wanderers)
The prompt about starships inspired the free-verse poem "Gathering Family."  It's a sequel to "Estrellado" earlier, and features the godship introducing her new people to her relatives.

"Lost in the Fog" -- 294 lines, $147 (Polychrome Heroics) SOLD
A Dreamwidth prompt about Damask led to the free-verse poem "Lost in the Fog." The headmates have to work together to reassemble memories of a day, after Clement comes home with a bunch of bruises, a bag of frozen peas on his face, and no idea what happened.

"Printing Errors" -- 108 lines, $54 (Diminished Expectations)
my_partner_doug passed along a link to an article about 3D printed babies. In our world it's a wacky exaggeration, but it made great inspiration for the Diminished Expectations setting. "Printing Errors" is a free-verse poem about the continuing quest for built-to-order human livestock. Creepy fuckers, aren't they? Fortunately there are some decent people who make efforts to rescue the rejects.

"Sins of the Mother" -- 266 lines, $266 (The Steamsmith)
A prompt about Maryam's heir combined with another prompt about Queen Victoria inspired the free-verse poem "Sins of the Mother."  It combines several threads including Queen Victoria and her mother, a scandal with Lady Flora, Maryam's blossoming friendship with the Queen, and court matchmakers.  (No, Maryam isn't much thinking about an heir yet, but that doesn't prevent other people from bugging her.)

"Sucked In" -- 163 lines, $81.50 (Starfather)
The prompt about Adjo and Bes led to "Sucked In," a free-verse poem about welcoming them to the Touched homeworld.  Bes is still too traumatized to participate normally, but Adjo really likes the family circle.

"Sunday at the Disney Villains Café" -- 56 lines, $20 SOLD
This is free-verse about body image and social acceptance in a rather odd family of choice.

"When You Have to Go There" -- 87 lines, $43.50 (Schrodinger's Heroes) SOLD
A Schrodinger's Heroes prompt on Dreamwidth inspired the free-verse poem "When You Have to Go There," which features Dusty, Vic, and Chris' cousin Art needing crash space at various times.

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