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Unsold Poems from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems
"Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "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.


"Boys on the Porch"
A DW Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Boys on the Porch." Courting teenagers out front, chaperone indoors. Aww.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15


"Can't It Just Be What It Is?"
An earlier prompt about Calliope and Vagary led to "Can't It Just Be What It Is?" They visit a food truck park and talk about sex/gender stuff.
331 lines, Buy It Now = $166 lines

Vagary felt nervous after
the conversation about identity,
gender, and sexual confusion,
because that whole topic had
always made him uneasy.

"Chaos and Destruction"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Chaos and Destruction." Jerryrigger tells a wannabe anarchist what anarchy is really like.
80 lines, Buy It Now = $40

Jerryrigger was pretending to be Daphne,
hiding out in an alcove by the salad bar
and watching oblivious rich people
pretending to enjoy themselves.

"For Any Creative Assignment"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "For Any Creative Assignment." Joshua is bemused to find a supervillain on his doorstep asking for a job.
600 lines, Buy It Now = $300

Joshua felt exhausted but
hopeful as he settled his family
into the three-bedroom suite that
someone had booked for them
at the Executive Rest Hotel.

The world hasn't ended, therefore it must have an Alex! Okay, I'll buy that logic.

"For Whose Sake"
"For Whose Sake" is a free-verse poem in which Capricorn gets curious about the girl who just debugged Kraken's open-source operating system for managing a health nexus.
133 lines, Buy It Now = $67

Capricorn is fascinated by
computers and code, and
so he notices the people
who make them beautiful.

There's this girl.

"Pixy-Led"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Pixy-Led." Walden teaches Simon how to lead people astray, and he puts it to good use.
252 lines, Buy It Now = $126

Simon enjoyed spending time
with all the girls in the house
where Maisie and Mallory lived.

He and Tolliver both showed them
techniques for self-defense,
or preferably, escape.

"Sacrificed Part of Himself"
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sacrificed Part of Himself." Ansel and Janie take Turq out to visit Ansel's grandparents on their farm.
917 lines, Buy It Now = $459

Ansel rapped gently on
the side of the gazebo. "Turq?"
he called. "If you're home,
I'd like to talk with you."

The caney wriggled out
from his den under the bench,
wagging his tail in eager greeting.

"Transcend Apparent Limits"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Transcend Apparent Limits." Sparring isn't just about exercise, it's also about trust. Cuoio and Chiara are really into both of those things.
117 lines, Buy It Now = $59

Their relationship grew
where it had begun:
in the sparring ring.

Cuoio and Chiara were
surprisingly well matched.

"Wanton Kittens"
For your telepathic prompt, I wrote the free-verse poem "Wanton Kittens." Mrrhow the Mercurial begins to show some promise.
134 lines, Buy It Now = $67

Ansel found it challenging
to deal with telepathic kittens, but
there weren't a lot of people who
could do it at all, and even fewer
who also had a therapy cat.

A backchannel prompt from spawned two poems about Shiv, actually two parts of the same excursion, and that was as far as I could cut it down because there was no other breakpoint.

"An Atmosphere of Shame" features Shiv agreeing to a beach trip with the Finns, and then needing to acquire some new supplies for it.
467 lines, Buy It Now = $234

When Dr. G invited Shiv on
a trip to the beach with the Finns,
Shiv's first inclination was to say no.

He'd been to the beach before,
not often, but simply because it was
one of those things that looked good when
a foster family turned in their paperwork.

"Everything That Is Real About Us" is the beach trip itself. The Finns seem weird to Shiv, but they're growing on him, and that helps make up for a lot of crappy things in his past. Despite some bumps along the way, he enjoys himself.
1889 lines, Buy It Now = $945
Available after "An Atmosphere of Shame" has been sponsored and published.

Honestly I suspect that "Everything" will have to wait for a quarter-price sale and/or a pool (or a lottery win). This is by far the longest poem I've written, nearly double the previous recordholder. I'd rather not try to microfund it because it'd take forever to finish.

The trip to the beach
started out unlike anything
that Shiv had experienced before
(which helped) because they
traveled by teleporter.

A swish and swirl of energy,
and they were all standing
on a compass rose set into
the concrete skirt around
a red brick lighthouse.

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