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Unsold Poems from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the July 4, 2017 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.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "
Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox" (now complete), "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," and "The Emulsification of Humankind." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.


"The Best Type of Intimacy"
Your prompt about Benchdog inspired the free-verse poem "The Best Type of Intimacy." Kennedy, Benchdog, and Pinion all have their reasons for bailing from the mixer party to hang out with each other instead.
200 lines, Buy It Now = $100

Kraken held occasional mixers
because supervillains enjoyed sex
as much as anyone else, and
it wasn't as simple for them
to pick up random strangers.

Kennedy was all for a good tumble,
but a party wasn't nearly as much fun
when two of her best friends were
huddled together clear across camp.


"The Declension of Gender"

Your communication prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Declension of Gender." An alien race communicates by shifting their gender according to topics.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Find Yourself in the Garden"
Your farm prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Find Yourself in a Garden." Stan takes Lawrence to a community supported agriculture farm.
425 lines, Buy It Now = $213

"Are you busy this weekend?"
Stan asked Lawrence.

"Not really," Lawrence said,
suddenly curious. "Why?"


"Mosaic Identities"
"Mosaic Identities" is a free-verse poem that follows Astin and V after shopping. They go for massage and visit a bar, where they meet up with some AYES and talk about gender issues more.
331 lines, Buy It Now = $166

"You look tense," Astin said to V as
they walked along the promenade.
"How about I introduce you to
my friend Palmer. She gives
the most amazing massages."


"A Series of Transitions"
This inspired the free-verse poem "A Series of Transitions." There is one thing that Vagary has always gotten right, and even Calliope recognizes that.
348 lines, Buy It Now = $174

Calliope dragged herself to
the Tranquility Counseling Center
even though she didn't want to go.

It had been a shitty week
and she was just too tired
to deal with Vagary.


"TERF Wars"
Your prompt about queer issues inspired the free-verse poem "TERF Wars." When T-Oregon adds an Other category to its paperwork, Stan and Lawrence wind up discussing the implications at school.
346 lines, Buy It Now = $173

Stan stumbled onto a battlefield
without quite realizing how it happened.

One minute he was walking into
the commons for lunch, and next thing
he knew, everyone was yelling.


"The Things That Really Interest Me"
Your prompt about Bouchet inspired the free-verse poem "The Things That Really Interest Me." Ansel finds Kyle worn out from finals, and suggests a solution.
197 lines, Buy It Now = $99

Ansel walked into Cup of Comfort
looking for lunch, and instead found
Kyle McCartney sprawled over
a table in the little niche.

Quickly Ansel crouched down so
he could see the young man's face,
and then gently shook his shoulder.
"Kyle? Are you okay?" he said.


"Treasure Box"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Treasure Box." Someone fills a donation box with pirate gold. Much hilarity ensues.
104 lines, Buy It Now = $52 SOLD

Vivian Dennett struggled to pry the top
off of Planned Parenthood's donation box.
When it finally came loose, she saw
why it had gotten jammed so badly.

"Well, drat! Some darn fundie
must have crammed this thing
with brass pirate tokens," she said.


"Twice-Wise Tiresias"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Twice-Wise Tiresias." It explores the mythic history of sex change and connects it with modern experience.
27 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"A Wanderer with Purpose"
This prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A Wanderer with Purpose." Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
572 lines, Buy It Now = $286

The thing that bugged Shiv most
about Simon and Tolliver was
that he never really understood
what they wanted with him.

Oh, he could ask them
and get an answer, but it
never made any damn sense.


"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
Your power exchange prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You're Afraid to Ask For." Pain's Gray decides that Shiv is ready to try kink on purpose. Hawt! Hawt! Hawt!
790 lines, Buy It Now = $395

It took weeks for Shiv
to convince Pain's Gray to try
giving him another powergasm.

To his surprise, the time was
well spent and even enjoyable.


I've written four poems about Kenzie's subsequent experiences with the Iron Horses, this time from his perspective.

"Taking Care of Things" covers the evening he was found and the following night, with lots of coddling.
90 lines, Buy It Now = $45

The four days following
Kenzie's inadvertent Sun Dance
were terrible and wonderful for him.

The Iron Horses stuck close by his side
all the day that they found him
and the night afterward.


"Two Foxes" covers the first day after Kenzie's rescue. It has more tension because some of the Iron Horses are off raining hell on the gaybashers, but also more social support and discussions about Kenzie's gender identity.
363 lines, Buy It Now = $182

The morning after Kenzie's rescue,
he learned that Blair and most of
the other Iron Horses would
be riding out on an errand.

"I didn't realize that you were
actually superheroes," he said.


"Come Closer in Kinship" covers the second day after the rescue. Blair's parents show up and disrupt plans in some fun ways.
411 lines, Buy It Now = $206

The second day after
Kenzie's impromptu Sun Dance
dawned bright and clear.

Ben brought breakfast, which
turned out to be acorn mush
with real maple syrup and
slices of venison sausage.


"Come Out of the Darkness" happens on the third day. Kenzie shares his struggles with Ida, who has seen it before and offers sympathy.
266 lines, Buy It Now = $133

On the third morning after
Kenzie's rescue, Ida decided
that he needed some fresh air.

She found him leaning against
the wall of the roundhouse where
he was admiring the altar niches
that covered the back of the kitchen
facing the master bedroom.

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