Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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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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