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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The theme this month was "Horror: Vampires."  A handful of prompts arrived early on, and a few more later, but it was a slow day for prompting -- a lot of my regulars missed for various reasons.  (I hope everyone's life is settling into something more comfortable.)  I worked from 1 PM to 1 AM, so about 10 hours accounting for breaks.

I wrote 18 poems.  They were almost all medium, only one each of short and long, no epics.  All were based on single prompts, though I did pull in some outside inspiration in a few cases.  Most were free verse, but I did get a few repeating/interlocking forms as well. Randomly of interest: several of the titles are questions, and the tones included a lot of horror-mixed-with-something-else. Please welcome new prompters alycewilson and paradigmshifty -- you have them to thank for the second freebie poem.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 2010 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:

"Afflictions of Blood and Flesh"
"bowls of rice" -- an Origami Mage poem
"Can She Bake a Scary Pie?"
"Death and Marriage"
"Halfway to Eternity"
"Mutant Fruit"
"The Scent of Desire"
"This Curséd Gift"
"The Vampire Frogs"
"What Scares the Monsters?"
"Who Monsters the Monsters?"
"The Wind Eaters"

* Additionally, there are six new verses of "RUT?" posted.


Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from October. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the sponsored poems have been posted.  Copies of the rest have been sent backchannel to their sponsors.  The donor perk-post is online, featuring a discussion of cultures in literature.  There is no poll this month, as all the contributions were sponsorships rather than general donations.

Donors for October include: ellenmillion, miintikwa, ladyqkat, minor_architect, marina_bonomi, janetmiles, and alycewilson.  Huzzah for new prompter alycewilson! Thank you all for your support.


Let's talk about prompts...
The last couple of fishbowls have run a bit slow, although I got some good poems out of them.  Based on some things I've heard from various people over time, I'm going to offer some thoughts on how to revive participation.  If you folks can think of anything else, please let me know.

1) If you are a regular prompter or, especially, a donor -- don't miss the fishbowl just because of a scheduling conflict.  You may give me your prompt(s) early if you expect to be away from your computer while the fishbowl is open.  I tell people "wait for the open-post" so I don't have to chase comments all over the net, but I'd rather make a note in my datebook than miss one of my regulars.  Regular participants get this option as a perk.

2) It's okay to give me more than one prompt at a time.  If the traffic is heavy that day, I may only use one per person.  On a slow day, though, it's the extra prompts that keep me going, because I can double back to those.

3) If you aren't particularly familiar with or fascinated by the theme, or you're blank out of ideas for some other reason, there are backup options.  You can check my post for links, because I often give explanatory pointers for the less-obvious topics.  You can type the theme phrase into your favorite search engine.  You can browse the prompts by other participants, and the poems as they go up, and if you comment on those then I might nab what you said as a prompt.  You can also recommend a poetic form, which is a type of prompt always  welcome.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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alycewilson From: alycewilson Date: October 8th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just made my contribution!
From: minor_architect Date: October 9th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
If you aren't particularly familiar with or fascinated by the theme

These are usually the reasons why I don't offer prompts during certain Poetry Fishbowls. I find it nearly impossible to pry ideas from my Muse in those situations...or if I do, they end up being the stupidest ideas imaginable. And I would rather not embarrass myself by giving you such drek to work with. :-P

That said, your reminder about using poetic forms as prompts is one I'll have to remember. There are several books in my library's Reference collection which I could use as guides whenever I can't come up with any ideas on that month's theme.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 9th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

I try to diversify the topics so that I'll have a chance to write about different things, and hopefully cross over different people's areas of interest. But I do find certain of my regular participants to be sufficiently habit-forming that I miss you when you're gone!

>>That said, your reminder about using poetic forms as prompts is one I'll have to remember. There are several books in my library's Reference collection which I could use as guides whenever I can't come up with any ideas on that month's theme.<<

Yay! I look forward to that.
From: minor_architect Date: October 10th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have a chance to write about different things, and hopefully cross over different people's areas of interest

Makes sense to me. Cycling through a wide array of topics should attract the largest pool of audience members. Besides, how boring would it be to write about the same subjects all the time?

I'll just have to "stock up" on interesting poetic forms for those times when I draw a blank during a Fishbowl, that's all. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 10th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>Cycling through a wide array of topics should attract the largest pool of audience members. Besides, how boring would it be to write about the same subjects all the time?<<

That's the idea. It's also why I started using subtopics in genres that I revisit. Frex, every third month is usually speculative fiction. I started out with "speculative fiction" as a theme, then added "horror." Then I went to things like "high fantasy" and "horror: shapeshifters." Because I want to keep working in those areas, but not the exact same stuff.

>>I'll just have to "stock up" on interesting poetic forms for those times when I draw a blank during a Fishbowl, that's all.<<

*anticipatory wriggle* Yay!
siege From: siege Date: October 9th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You know what's fun? Salvaging someone's "stupid" idea. Sometimes comedy is the best teacher.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 9th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I agree. It's fun to see what I can do with wildly unlikely suggestions. Often someone will comment with "this is silly, but ..." or "I couldn't think of anything else, sorry this is so lame!" and it will turn into one of the better poems.

On the other hoof, I don't want to pester people or make them feel uncomfortable. So they're allowed to sit out if they wish.
From: minor_architect Date: October 10th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* Well, if Ysabet specifically asked for comedic prompts, then I'd toss something into the ring, no matter how silly it was. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 10th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

Thematic suggestion noted and logged for future reference. I haven't declared a humor theme previously, because while I write good humor, it's spotty -- not something I can easily do on purpose, but something that pops up unexpectedly from time to time. Since I'm perfectly fluent with poetry and fishbowl process, this might be a good place to stretch. I could probably make it work if I made the theme broad enough to include whimsy and general silliness, as well as outright comedy.
From: minor_architect Date: October 11th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I could probably make it work if I made the theme broad enough to include whimsy and general silliness, as well as outright comedy.

Ooo, that sounds like fun! Whimsy suits me just as well as comedy. With it, you get things like how Miyazaki decided Howl's moving castle would move - on chicken feet. It's not uproariously funny but it's enough to make you smile. Or blink. Or both! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 11th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

I think this has potential, yes. And I cracked up when I saw those chicken legs, just like Baba Yaga's hut! I've always thought it would be fun to build a chicken house with legs like that.
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