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List of Unsold Poems from August 2, 2011 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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List of Unsold Poems from August 2, 2011
The following poems from the August 2, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"As Tenuous as Mist" -- 87 lines, $43.50
From this I got "As Tenuous as Mist," a free-verse poem about an artifact created to bestow magic, which sometimes steals the power or even the life from people who try to use it.

"Breakdown" -- 73 lines, $36.50
Corruption and related words mentioned in this prompt are connected by the root "rup" meaning "to break." So "Breakdown" is a free-verse poem that turns linguistics into liturature: the wordplay requested in the thread's title.

"Contagion" -- 16 lines, $10 SOLD
From the prompt about memes came the free-verse poem "Contagion." It compares memes to viruses.

"Falling Up" -- 51 lines, $20 SOLD
From the prompt about the villain's perspective on redemption, I got the free-verse poem "Falling Up." It's a haunting look at the insidious, creeping nature of Good. This poem belongs to the Sort Of Heroes series.

"friendship and enmity" -- 50 lines, $20 SOLD
Your prompt about enemies becoming friends connected firmly with marina_bonomi's prompt about the Origami Mage and Kirigami Mage. Written in tanka verses, "friendship and enmity" explores their feelings as they come together on a moonlit beach. This poem falls very near the end of the story arc, so it's not ready to get published yet. marina_bonomi has sponsored it; this will be published later.

"Hag-Ridden" -- 38 lines, $15 SOLD
I'm a fan of fairytales, both in terms of the storytelling charm and the scholarly stuff right down to the Aarne-Thompson Index. So "Hag-Ridden" is a poem about the importance of adversaries on the hero's journey. This poem is free verse.

"Nettled" -- 12 lines, $10
From your prompt about the Judas Goat I got "Nettled." This free-verse poem covers the goat's perspective and where the goat ends up afterwards.

"No Vacancy" -- 13 lines, $10 SOLD
From your prompt about witch hunters visiting Monster House, and another from [info]janetmiles about doing evil in the name of good, I got the free-verse poem "No Vacancy." It's also somewhat inspired by what happened here, once, when an unwelcome and incompatible visitor arrived on our doorstep.

"Of Gold and Fishes" -- 20 lines, $10 SOLD
From your prompt about money and politicians, I got the free-verse poem "Of Gold and Fishes." It tells about a political scandal from my science fiction colony Common Ground.

"Reduction" -- 14 lines, $10
"Reduction" is a science fiction sonnet about a human starship crashing into a planet with a reducing atmosphere. Much mayhem is had by all.

"Scales" -- 28 lines, $15
From the "Lucifer was framed!" prompt came the free-verse poem "Scales." It plays on how good and evil can be worldviews rather than absolutes, and based entirely too much on who is more popular or has the better propaganda.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: August 4th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks so much for these summaries!

I'd like to sponsor

No Vacancy -- $10
Of Gold and Fishes -- $10
Falling Up -- $20

[Sorry, forgot. Edited to remove error.]


Edited at 2011-08-04 05:54 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thanks so much for these summaries!

I appreciate knowing that the summaries are useful. They do take time to write, and the "unsold poems" page takes time to compile. This month I'm looking at where my time goes during a fishbowl, so donor feedback on favorite features is especially valuable.

Your poems have been posted! Thank you for your support.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
"Contagion" -- 16 lines, $10
From the prompt about memes came the free-verse poem "Contagion." It compares memes to viruses.


*dimly recalls long ago articles from Adbusters magazine*

Given that memes (real memes, not the cutesy blog activities that get passed around), have often been described as operating like viruses, that should be a natch. :)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I've read articles along those lines. Some are kind of creepy.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Creepy? Maybe. It IS rather disturbing to think that an idea can be designed to replicate and spread itself to outcompete other ideas. However, it's also an important thing for people to understand, methinks.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

As a memetic engineer, I feel that it's important to know what memes are, how they work, and how they are transmitted ... so that we can make GOOD ones.

One of mine is, "We can't keep spending water like money."
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 6th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Now, my knowledge of memetics might be a tad rusty, but doesn't a meme have to have a hook to enable its transmission? Something like an implied carrot or stick?

Maybe try something like "Only a fool would continue spending water like money," or "Responsible people know that we can't keep spending water like money," perhaps?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 7th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Based on the version I'm familiar with, a meme is simply a transmittable concept. It doesn't even have to be in words -- a particular way of tying shoes is a meme.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 7th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Possibly, but it seems to me that the ideas that are most readily transmitted are the ones that hook in as a personal stake to the host.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 7th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That's true, yes.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I just put in for 'Hag-Ridden'. Your description of it appealed to my inner Joseph Campbell. :)
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: August 5th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yay! I'm glad someone is sponsoring that. It appealed to me too, but I've already spent more than I should have.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
It appealed to me too, but I've already spent more than I should have.

So did I, but you know how it is. :P
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)

...

I didn't mean for people to overstretch their budgets. I am thrilled by how the fishbowl turned out, though.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...

Eh, one less pizza this month. No worries! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...

Okay, that's good to know.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...

The poem was definitely worth the pizza. :D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Things like this are useful to know. Sometimes we talk, over in crowdfunding and other places, about how a crowdfunding project or other small creative business has to compete against all the other things clamoring for people's disposable income.

Poetry beat pizza.

*glee*
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

LOL! It also beat lunch at my favourite Thai restaurant or a 4 pack of a damn tasty apple cider. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

I am especially wowed by beating the apple cider. Good apple cider is truly worthy stuff. Hrm, that reminds me, it's almost Ginger Gold season at Curtis Orchards and not much longer before that guy south of us will start putting out his apple cider.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 6th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

We may have to work out the logistics of exchanging a few bottles of our favourites...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

The poem is posted. *grin* I'm a Campbell fan too. And I've been known to threaten to beat clumsy authors over the head with a copy of the Aarne-Thompson index.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 5th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Folklorists tend to make the most enchanting stories. Tolkien is a good example. So is Neil Gaiman. Even George Lucas had a few moments of brilliance that he borrowed from Campbell.

And, of course, there's the grand-daddies of them all, the Brothers Grimm. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>Folklorists tend to make the most enchanting stories. <<

Agreed. To your list I'll add Hans Christian Anderson, Francis James Child, Charles deLint, and Terri Windling.

Also, my_partner_doug and I got to talking about that backchannel essay you sent me. I eventually realized that one reason I liked it was because it reminded me of C.S. Lewis.

The study of folklore is the study of raw materials. You get to learn about the archetypes and plot structures that make a story work. Once you know what the parts are and how to assemble them, you can build pretty much anything you want.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 6th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Reminded you of C.S. Lewis! Coolies! Thanks! :)

('Course, this means I gotta write up in something other than bullet point form, doesn't it. *rueful grin*)

Yes, understanding the structures of what really works for stories does, indeed, help one write/tell/spin better tales. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 7th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Gotta, no, but I would certainly enjoy seeing that developed more fully. I think you're onto some interesting insights there.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 7th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*chuckle* I'll see what I can manage. This month is rather full of flux for me, between moving and a number of other significant changes. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 8th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Well, you've got time, if "Stained" behaves like most epics that take a month or two in microfunding. Next month may be quieter for you.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 8th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

May be... Once I get through THIS month, then there's a semi-public Mabon ceremony I've gotta plan. XD
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