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Donor Perk: What Patronage Can Do
This is a perk post for donors.

You've been patronizing the arts by sponsoring my poetry. But have you thought about what that really lets you do?

At least twice now, browngirl has given me prompts relating to ancient Minoan culture. Fortuitously, I happen to like Minoa, so it's easy for me to write about. (Other times people give me prompts about things I'd never encountered before, as when dulcinbradbury mentioned "duende," and then I venture into whole new areas. That's cool in a different way.) So now there are two more poems about Minoa in the world:
"Bull-Dancers"
"The Goddess and the Bull"
browngirl's prompts inspired the poems. Her patronage made it possible for everyone else to enjoy them. Between the two of us, we took a rather obscure topic and gave it more public exposure.

In the old days, when rich patrons kept artists and musicians, the patrons' taste had a sizable impact on what got produced. Today it's down to fashion and marketeering, mostly. But cyberfunded creativity gives donors an opportunity to promote your favorite topics, the things you think the world should know more about, as well as supporting creative efforts you already enjoy. Your taste makes a difference in what manifests.

From a poet's perspective, inspiration helps to shape what we become "known for" doing. Sometimes it's a form or style of writing, like e.e. cummings and his gift for bending English into whimsical shapes in defiance of standard rules. Other times it's a topic, like Thoreau and the timbre of American wilderness. For me, I'm a form junkie. You folks have turned me on to several new forms. But you also turn me on to new topics. So far I've got two poems about Minoa, which is a good start. Suppose we keep doing this for a while, and I write more. The more obscure a topic, the less mass required to make a notable splash in its pool of literature. Who knows what else I'll become known for?

So think about your passions, your worthy causes, your hobby horses ... and watch for them to intersect the fishbowl themes, or propose them as themes when I call for thematic suggestions. Your interests make a difference.

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haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: September 10th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is an awesome post. I wish it wasn't locked, as it is a great post about why people might want to indulge in more e-patronage!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 11th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I rarely lock posts because I usually want to share my writing. The perk posts for donors and frequent posters are the main exceptions, because those are extra goodies for the my most devoted fans.

On request, though, I can unlock this post. Does anyone object if I do?
From: minor_architect Date: September 11th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
On request, though, I can unlock this post. Does anyone object if I do?

I certainly don't object. I agree with the Jaguar, your post might just spur a few more people into participating in CFC projects.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay

I've unlocked this so other folks can read it. For those of you who aren't donors, consider this a sample of what the perk posts can be -- discussions of poetry, cyberfunded creativity, peeks into my personal processes, etc.

If anyone wants to link to this or quote from it to promote cyberfunded creativity, you're welcome to do that.
browngirl From: browngirl Date: September 10th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*blushes a lot* Goodness, thank you for putting up with me. I'm just fortunate to know you, a poet who also knows enough history to understand the Minoans and is generous enough to share your gift like this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 11th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

*bow, flourish*

Happy to be of service! Conversely I'm enjoying an audience with enough depth and breadth of knowledge to challenge and inspire me.

Another cool thing about cyberfunded creativity is that the more money I make from a particular type of writing, the more of it I can afford to do. Great donation days like this help keep the poetry fishbowls alive.
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: September 12th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you & I should get acquainted. It's rare to come across someone who knows who the Minoans ARE -- much less has passion for them.

Someday, I will visit Knossos.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes!

It would be fun getting to know you better.

*grin* My parents are teachers. History is one of my father's subjects. Heck, I've taught history, both in the Grey School and some other contexts. It's not hard to get me riffing.
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: September 12th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

::grins:: I got hooked on Minoan culture while taking a Greek Art & Architecture class in college. LOVED it. I don't remember as much of the later Greek. I mean, I can still tell the difference between Doric, Ionic & Corinthian, and, if I really thought about it, I could come up with some other bits.

But Minoans?

There's so much we don't know, and, so much I WANT to know. I'm fascinated by Linear A. I'm fascinated by the fact that there is no war depicted in what we have left of their culture. I'm fascinated by how sophisticated they were. I'm fascinated by the snake goddess. I'm a Celtic pagan at heart... except for her. If I had to chose a single goddess figure, she would be it.

And I'm babbling.
browngirl From: browngirl Date: September 12th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

You're babbling interestingly. :)

*waves hi as well*
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: September 12th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

I was actually initially addressing the comment to you. ;)

But I couldn't argue with getting to know ysabet better either. ;)
browngirl From: browngirl Date: September 13th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

*waves* Well, hail and well met!

In hopes that they prove interesting and diverting, here are my posts about the Minoans:

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=browngirl&keyword=minoan&filter=all
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

The differences show in the shapes of the columns, if I remember right.

I've read some excellent articles that analyze the evidence for Minoan culture -- which was large and sophisticated for a while, with a long reach -- being free of warfare. And I've gotten another poem now, about the Snake Goddess.
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: September 12th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

Yep. Shape & the features of the capital (top) of the column.

Oooh... Snake Goddess poem. :D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

I mentioned "The Snake Goddess" poem to browngirl too, and she wondered if I was planning on posting it here. I hadn't intended to, but I could if people were interested enough to sponsor it. It's 32 lines, so $15. I'm pleased with it -- very compelling rhythm and rhyme, with vivid imagery and some subtle wordplay.
browngirl From: browngirl Date: September 13th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes!

I managed to delete the contents of my LJ inbox, or this would be a reply to your message, but yes, I can sponsor this. I have to send a check this time, though. Is that ok?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 13th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, please!

I check will be fine. Do you still have my info for that?

I'm so looking forward to being able to share this poem with other people. I'll post it once the check arrives. Thank you so much for sponsoring this!
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