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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The February fishbowl was delayed due to inclement weather, moved from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8.  On previous occasions, rescheduling a fishbowl has resulted in lower participation and donations.  This time, the participation was enthusiastic and the donations well in the normal range.  I am thrilled.  I pretty much credit this to improved momentum overall and more promotion by fans, since I didn't do anything different myself this time.  So, you folks all rock and I love you to pieces.

This month's theme was "Vision & Sight."  A few poems went in relatively mundane directions, but most turned out science fiction or fantasy.  I wound up with a bunch of Torn World poems, along with a handful of series installments.  A steady stream of prompts filled the entire day.  I worked from noon to 1 AM, so about 11 hours accounting for breaks.  I wrote 25 poems, the most in a fishbowl so far.  Lengths varied, some in each category, leaning toward the longer end with several epics.  Everything was free verse this time, though with a trend towards consistent verses -- unrhymed tercets, quatrains, etc.  Most poems used a single prompt, while a handful combined them.  A total of 19 people sent prompts, a nice lively number.  There were no new prompters or sponsors this month, so only one freebie poem was posted.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:

"The Archivist's Eye" (a Torn World poem)
"The Eye of Mímisbrunnr"
"Eyesight, Insight, Gunsight"
"Flash-Frozen" (a psychic photographer poem)
"In Black and White" (a Star Trek poem)
"Invincible Wisdom" (a Torn World poem)
"The Manticore's Eyes"
"The Ocean of Her Eyes" (an Inkseer poem)
"Palimpsest Candy"
"Secondhand Sight" (a Monster House poem)
"Seeing Clearly"
"Shame Comes to Civilization" (a Kherishdar poem)
"Sights to See"
"unfolding wings" (an Origami Mage poem)

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 February.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the fully sponsored poems have been posted, along with the first half of "The Ocean of Her Eyes" (currently ahead in the general funding poll).  Backchannel copies of other poems have been sent to the various prompters.  The donor perk-post for February discusses serial poetry.

Donors for February include marina_bonomi, ladyqkat, laffingkat, janetmiles, aldersprig, xjenavivex, thesilentpoet, ellenmillion, and the_vulture.  Thanks to everyone for a great fishbowl!

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poetry, reading, writing

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