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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this space as I'm still writing.


Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "families of choice."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "Twice-wise Tiresias" (8 verses, standalone).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "families of choice." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.






2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "Twice-wise Tiresias" has 8 verses and stands alone. 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "families of choice." I'll be soliciting ideas for children, adolescents, elders, parents, polyfamilies, fosterlings and adoptees, best friends, zucchini, work partners, allies and antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, clergy and other officiants, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, caregiving, kinmaking, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, telling your own story, replacing a dysfunctional family, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, life stages, intentional neighboring, vested interest, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, reproductive freedom, alien family dynamics, legal rights, definitions of family in different cultures, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Twice-wise Tiresias."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 5th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Two prompts contributed to the poem "The Choices That Make a Family." It looks at three different families in Terramagne-America.

Hold for co-prompter Shirley Barrette.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: September 5th, 2017 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
My prompts are:

Marrying in.

Turq.

When you are the one who is chosen.

Different choices within the family of choice.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Accommodating Celebrations." It explores some of the ways in which various members of the women's chronic pain support group observe the holidays.

71 lines, Buy It Now = $36
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 5th, 2017 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Push and Pull." Two lesbians find an orphaned egg, and their life gets a lot more complicated. But in a good way!

80 lines, Buy It Now = $40
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 5th, 2017 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I crammed all the Army of One prompts into the free-verse poem "Eddies." It looks at some of the different families taking form in the Lacuna.

55 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From a Dreamwidth prompt I got the free-verse poem "Revontulet." Muirgen spends an evening with Lumi and listens to a story about the Northern Lights.

27 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt the free-verse poem "The Open Gyre." It's about women's relationships when you're not trying to hold on too tight.

32 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "The Gifts That Move." It's a look at how indigenous nations in Terramagne-America have developed businesses and other initiatives that mesh with a tribal way of life.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Growing Green, Growing Gold." It muses about changing seasons neurodiverse family dynamics.

34 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From this I got the free-verse poem "Pinballs in a Broken Machine." A young man has to choose between his family and his career.

105 lines, Buy It Now = $53
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2017 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

I still have poems to write, but need sleep now.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 9th, 2017 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Some DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "A Different Kind of QUILTBAG." So the Irish have a lot more than two or three divisions of cape alignments, and Ticker lives with most of them.

340 lines, Buy It Now = $170
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 9th, 2017 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Several DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Capable of Stretching." Shiv and Dr. G explore the aftermath of the beach visit, including Shiv's scars.

1132 lines, Buy It Now = $566
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 10th, 2017 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Very Special Door." The troll talks about life in the basement.

30 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 11th, 2017 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This contributed to the free-verse poem "Learning and Growing." Victor is just getting the hang of family life, now that he has healthier examples.

137 lines, Buy It Now = $69
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 11th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Forever in Your Broken Heart." On the second anniversary of his father's death, Cuoio completely falls apart. His Family puts him back together again.

592 lines, Buy It Now = $296
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 12th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Feel the Might of Creation." Mallory's baby arrives.

709 lines, Buy It Now = $355
Available for publication after "To Protect the Most Vulnerable" has been sponsored and posted.

This one skips ahead several months, so there are things mentioned in it that haven't been covered yet and probably should be prior to publication.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 13th, 2017 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Some DW prompts inspired two poems.

"The Mere Knowledge of Friendship" features Lincoln asking why Kincade got into a fight.
371 lines, Buy It Now = $186

"With a Tender Hand" follows Kincade as he talks with Ambrose about how to maintain a queerplatonic relationship.
312 lines, Buy It Now = $156
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 15th, 2017 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "One Call Away." Shiv doesn't really understand about friendship or family, so after he first hooks up with Pain's Gray, he calls Dr. Bloch for advice.

422 lines, Buy It Now = $211
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 18th, 2017 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "A Moment of Atonement." Ansel and Turq meet with an adjudicator to discuss what society owes Turq and what he owes society.

1432 lines, Buy It Now = $716
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