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List of Unsold Poems from the October 5, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the October 5, 2010 Poetry fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"Bittersweet Centers" -- 13 lines, $10
The "chocolate box" metaphor stuck in my mind, so I extended it into the free-verse poem "Bittersweet Centers." This one explores a psychic vampire's experience of humanity in all its flavors.

"Death and Marriage" -- 20 lines, $10 SOLD
Comparing mythic to movie images of vampires, I got the free-verse poem "Death and Marriage." Power isn't always just in the obvious places. The humor is kind of dark and edgy, but I think it works.

"Eating Disordered" -- 38 lines, $15
This prompt reminded me of eating disorders, and I got to wondering what would happen to a vampire that bit a victim with such a condition. "Eating Disordered" is a free-verse poem with a desperately creepy tone.

"Halfway to Eternity" -- 20 lines, $10 SOLD
From the idea of vampires bestowing immortality but not youth, I got the free-verse poem "Halfway to Eternity." Coming from another dimension, they don't really understand Entropy.

"La Silbadora" -- 20 lines, $10
The animated GIF reminded me of a similar picture I once saw, which noted that the woman "had learned to whistle in an eerie way through her affliction." So that reminded me of Silbo Gomero, the whistled language. The result is "La Silbadora," a poem about a woman who is cast from her village to become a vampire. (Exile sometimes appears on the list of vampiric origins.) The poem includes several words of Spanish, as it's set in the Canary Islands. I really had fun filling in the local color here.

"Sun's Foe and Moon's Friend" -- 20 lines, $10
From "embracing the night" I got the poem "Sun's Foe and Moon's Friend," which is written in unrhymed quintains. For some vampires, the change is not so much a transformation as a confirmation.

"The Vampire Funeral" -- 39 lines, $15
From the "Cemetery" prompt I got the free-verse poem "The Vampire Funeral." The scene was so sad, I wondered what it would be like if vampires were pacifists instead of monsters. They'd have a hard time surviving in this poor old world.

"What the Forest Takes" -- 48 lines, $20
When I read the "Vampiric Wolverine" prompt, I thought about the furry kind, not the spandex kind. The result is "What the Forest Takes," an environmental horror poem done in free verse. Those who attempt to exit and then demolish the food web may be returned to it with extreme prejudice.
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