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Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 5, 2009 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 5, 2009
Tuesday's fishbowl got off to a good start, and then prompts continued to trickle in through the day, which was really nice. I started at 11 AM and stopped at 9:45 PM when I was worn out writing, for a total of 8 hours 45 minutes given lunch and supper breaks. I wrote a total of 20 poems, mostly medium and long; no epics this time and very little on the short end. Usually when I write poems in the upper teens or beyond, it's because I'm getting a lot of short ones. There were several form poems, but more free verse. A fair number of poems combined multiple prompts.

This month 17 people sent prompts, which is the most ever, wow! 3 of those were first-time prompters: welcome to miintikwa, asakiyume, and marina_bonomi. Once again we had places where one person's prompt inspired another, as when newroticgirl and wyld_dandelyon set the stage for "The Forest Path." There were 54 comments including mine, also the highest ever, beating December 2008 by one.

These are the fishbowl poems that have already been published:
"Deep and Wide"
"I Know What the Caged Bird Sings"
"In the Midst"
"Learning to Belong"
"The Map to Crossroads"
"Packing for the Long Haul"
"Riding the Startides"
"Road Whispers"
"The Sights Reserved"
"The Webs of Death"
"Where No One Has Gone"
"The World's Widows"

Two people are also seeking sponsors or cosponsors for specific poems. EDIT 5/18/09: Both of these poems have been fully funded.

This month's donors include: ellenmillion, paegan, asakiyume, minor_architect, je_reviens, mtrose2, janetmiles, ladyqkat, and tabard. This is the first time as sponsors for paegan and tabard, so welcome! I suspect that more donations will arrive, which might affect the general fund, so I'm going to hold off on the generally sponsored poetry poll for a little while. However, I'll go ahead and post the donor perk shortly. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

EDIT 5/18/09: Added poems and sponsors.

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: May 7th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the opportunity, and for using one of my prompts. :-)

It was fascinating to watch you in action: I'm really awed by your ability to react to suggestions, absorbe them and make them 'fully yours' in poetry, and it all for almost nine hours, what a tour de force!

Wish I wasn't broke this month... :-(
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 8th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

>> It was fascinating to watch you in action: I'm really awed by your ability to react to suggestions, absorbe them and make them 'fully yours' in poetry, and it all for almost nine hours, what a tour de force! <<

*bow, flourish* That's really what I wanted when I first had the idea for these Poetry Fishbowls -- I thought people might enjoy seeing me at work, live. As the project has progressed, I've noticed that there is somewhat more crosstalk, like cases where one person's prompt leads to several related prompts, or where people pile on expressing interest in a particular prompt within a list. That's fun too.

>> Wish I wasn't broke this month... <<

In this economy, everyone's broke, alas; that was the runaway winner in reasons why people don't donate. On the bright side, this is a monthly project; you'll have plenty of future opportunities, and hopefully you won't always be broke. Plus there are non-cash ways of supporting the fishbowls, like linking to them and/or encouraging other people to participate.

poeticknowledge From: poeticknowledge Date: May 7th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! I'm glad more people participated this time. :) I meant to post my ideas on Tuesday but completely forgot as I slept in--it is summer vacation after all. I was like "Shoot! I was supposed to post my ideas for the fishbowl" and it was already too late. I'll have to participate another time. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 8th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

Yeah, we missed you this month. It's okay though, there will be plenty more opportunities in the future!
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