The following poems from the February 8, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods
."The Archivist's Eye"
-- 21 lines,
Your prompt about archivists and archives stuck to ellenmillion
's mention of Torn World
. "The Archivist's Eye" is free verse written in tercets. It gives glimpses of how an archivist perceives the world, reading meaning in what is there or not there. This is a poem about Unafari, a museum worker in Torn World."As the Eagle Sees"
-- 30 lines, $15
From your prompt about a character with amazing distance vision, I got the poem "As the Eagle Sees." It lays out the advantages and disadvantages of seeing so far, in such detail, among others who cannot. This is written in unrhymed quatrains."Clearsight"
-- 20 lines, $10
From your prompt about foresight and hindsight, I got the poem "Clearsight." It describes how a psychic albino perceives time. This poem is written in unrhymed quatrains."Flash-Frozen"
-- 42 lines,
In this exciting episode, the psychic photographer meets a hot guy and saves the Earth. Tune in to find out what happens! "Flash-Frozen" is written in free verse."His Own Devices"
-- 61 lines, $30.50
Some years ago, I came across a news story about a man who considered himself a cyborg and lived his life wearing a complex rig of electronics. He'd made the mistake of entering an airport; as you can imagine, it did not end well. "His Own Devices" is a free-verse poem merging your prompt and the news about that hapless cyborg, along with some pointed observations about the travel industry's opinion of adaptive equipment in general. Very little poetic license was needed."Icewater"
-- 18 lines, $10
I pounced on your prompt about people who see galaxies but remain space-phobic. In a fit of pique at the state of our space program, I wrote it so that it could be read as describing aliens or
describing humans. "Icewater" is free verse written in tercets, and it uses water as an extended metaphor.tabard wants to sponsor this."Rods and Reels"
-- 79 lines, $39.50
I combined "double vision in Second Sight" with siege
's query about how a seer's vision works. The result is the free-verse poem "Rods and Reels." It tells about the mystical evolution of foretelling through the perceptions of different people, wrapped around a rather sweet love story."Sights to See"
-- 15 lines,
Of course I saw your prompt about artists and depth perception, and immediately thought about styles of art that were inspired by artists who viewed the world in a particular way. "Sights to See" is a free-verse poem that celebrates visual diversity as a Muse."Snowblind"
-- 15 lines, $10
I used your vivid image of a snowstorm inside the eye to create "Snowblind," written in unrhymed quintains. It's two things, really: a mood poem about the experience, and an extended metaphor about the eyeball as a snow globe."This Sudden Sight"
-- 21 lines, $10
Your prompt about "suddenly able to see" reminded me of a story arc in which aliens benevolently invade the Earth and offer people various perks in exchanged for civilized behavior. This is instantly attractive for all the star-hungry people. So "This Sudden Sight" tells about a woman who gains her eyesight ... and immediately looks beyond it to a higher, more compelling goal. The poem is written in unrhymed tercets."Through the Eyes of an Owl"
-- 27 lines, $15
Your prompt about the far-finder stuck in my mind. From this I got "Through the Eyes of an Owl," written in free verse with the heavy alliteration favored in Northern poems. It uses the far-finder not just to examine the world, but to contemplate what it means to perceive the world in different ways and to contrast the present with the past."Watergazer"
-- 42 lines, $20
From this I got "Watergazer," a free-verse poem. It tells about Canis, daughter of Gaia, as she travels between the Spirit World and the Earth World."With Different Eyes"
-- 41 lines, $20
While I was browsing through the prompt about different cone cells and types of vision, I got the idea for "With Different Eyes." It's free verse, with the stanzas alternating between 8 and 3 lines. It explores some of the subjective visual effects I perceive, and how they influence my worldview.A World Without Edges
-- 36 lines, $15
From your prompt about my Torn World character Rai, I got "A World Without Edges." This free-verse poem explains why he paints -- but declines to sell the paintings.