June 11th, 2011


Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The June theme was "alternative sexuality and gender studies."  A handful of prompts arrived early, some trickled in through the day, and then another flurry came right at the end.  (If I stay up late enough, my farside fans are in daylight and thus more active.)  There were 81 comments, including a fair bit of crosstalk.  I worked from 1 PM to 2 AM, so about 11 hours accounting for breaks.  Most of the poems were medium-long, with one short, a few medium-short and long, and several epics.  I wrote 20 poems, all free verse except for one epistolary.  Most came from single prompts, with a few combinations.

A total of 19 people sent prompts.  Welcome to new prompters rowyn, morrigans_eve, and heavenscalyx, who are partly responsible for the second freebie poem.  No serial perk this time, though; donations were lower this month, which often happens in summer.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Air That Birds Don't See"
"Enki's Messengers"
"Epistolary Adjustments"
"Fiorenza and the Witch-Son"
"Redrawing the Lines"
"Shane Reaction"

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from June.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Sponsored poems have all been posted.  Copies of other poems have been sent backchannel to their respective prompters.    The "Serial Poetry" page on my website has been updated to list "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" and "The Twin Peoples in Love."  The generally sponsored poetry poll is also up.

The June perk-post for donors is about "The Epistolary Form."  Donors for June include: morrigans_eve, the_vulturejanetmiles, and idhren24.  Welcome to new donors morrigans_eve and idren24!  They've helped make that second freebie poem available.  Thank you, everyone, you're all awesome.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Poem: "Enki's Messengers"

This poem came out of the June 7, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from haikujaguar which reminded me of the myth "The Descent of Inanna" in which Enki creates two beings. Sometimes rendered as 'two sexless beings,' the kurgarra and galatur may also be presented as a hermaphrodite and a neuter. So here's a look at the two of them together and how they interact in ways that are not made explicit in the myth ... but are somewhat implied by the wider context of Sumerian mythology and history.  You can also find some images from this myth online.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  So far sponsors include: haikujaguar, kyleri, mdlbear, the_vulture, stryck, general fund.

haikujaguar has offered to illustrate this poem with a sketch if it gets sponsored.  The first $5 has come from the general fund following this month's poll; I rounded up slightly to reveal two verses and give the poem a good headstart. 

75 lines, Buy It Now = $37.50 
Amount donated = $32.50
Verses posted = 8 of 10

Amount remaining to fund fully = $5
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4.50

Now with a sketch by haikujaguar:
Enki's Messengers
Enki's Messengers

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New Verses

The generally sponsored poetry poll for June 2011 directed $20 into epic poetry.

There are 3 new verses in "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son." This poem takes a look at social roles and gender dynamics, following Fiorenza the Italian herbalist at a time when there is NOT a major preternatural crisis going on.

There is 1 new verse in "Igor's Creature." This is a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.

The first two verses of "Enki's Messenger" have also been posted. This is mythic poetry about the kurgarra and the galatur mentioned in the Sumerian myth "The Descent of Inanna."  Remember that haikujaguar has offered to do a sketch illustrating this poem if it's sponsored.