September 1st, 2009


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 8

This is an advance announcement for the September 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "folk tales." (Traditional folk tales, fairy tales, tall tales, legends, etc. from any culture count. Alien or fantasy cultures are eligible if you can match them to this theme somehow or suggest what their folk tale poetry would include.) I'll be soliciting ideas for folk heroes, scoundrels, symbolism, notable weapons or tools, apcryphal history, social rules or gaffes, morals, traditional plots, modern retellings, pastoral settings, modern analogs of traditional settings, and poetic forms in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Jury Rights

If you are called to serve on a jury in the United States, you have the right and obligation to vote your conscience; this means that you may vote "not guilty" if you believe that the law itself is wrong and/or misapplied in the case, even if you believe the defendant commited the alleged act(s) prohibited by that law. No one may punish you for voting your conscience. However, jurors are not considered as having the right to be informed of their rights, and judges routinely threaten lawyers to keep such information from being given to jurors; judges also commonly lie to jurors and say that they must convict if the facts are compelling. Do not be deceived.

I was reminded of this by a recent post over on Opinion Forum, "You Are Above the Law." While researching this, I also found "The Citizens Rule Book" (which is full of religious diatribe and some weird anti-communist stuff, but has many fine historic quotes).

The Fully Informed Jury Association has many more facts and resources on this topic. Please help spread the word; this is a vital part of American justice as intended by the founders, which is routinely suppressed today in ways that are undermining the justice of our legal system.