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Free Series Poem Poll for November 2011

The November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl met the $150 goal for an extra serial poem.  my_partner_doug and I discussed the growing backlog of serial poetry, and decided that it would be helpful to address that in the perks.  So on occasions when there are many poems available already, I may offer you a chance to publish one of those, instead of making the backlog bigger by writing more.  Today you get a choice of six poems spanning four series.  Most of these would fill in a gap, either making later poems available or just filling in useful character development.

"With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will" (61 lines, $30.50) is the next installment in the military science fiction series The Clockwork War.  It features paralyzed soldiers and their desire to continue hunting bots. 

"A Small Separation" (203 lines, $101.50) belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  When something goes wrong with the Palazzo Ducale, the Duke sends for Fiorenza to help.  Explore Italy, save the day!

"Beggars Night" (103 lines, $51.50) is a Halloween poem for Monster House, offered for recent seasonal relevance.  Also, it has an illustration by meeksp.  What do monsters dress up as...?

"Not Mine" (71 lines, $35.50) is a considerably darker Monster House poem about how the bogeyman deals with wicked people.  There's a later poem that depends on this one.

"Opening the Gate" (304 lines, $152) belongs to Path of the Paladins.  It gives a closer look at some of the damage being done to this world, the kind of work that paladins do, and a major point of character growth for Ari.

"Gallery of Souls" (52 lines, $20) also comes from Path of the Paladins.  Shahana and Ari visit a town for supplies and discuss how the gods perceive humanity.  It's a necessary precursor for a later poem and helpful for others.

Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll check it Sunday evening to see if there's a clear winner.  If so, I'll post it then; otherwise I may leave the poll open longer.

Poll #1792721 Free Series Poem Poll for November 2011
This poll is closed.

Which of these do you want to publish as the free poem?

"With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will"
2(10.5%)
"A Small Separation"
1(5.3%)
"Beggars Night"
2(10.5%)
"Not Mine"
5(26.3%)
"Opening the Gate"
8(42.1%)
"Gallery of Souls"
1(5.3%)

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