The following poems from the July 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods
."The Blackfly Tribute"
-- 64 lines, $32
From your prompt about bugs (and a favorite Canadian cartoon
) I got the free-verse poem "The Blackfly Tribute." In low fantasy, as in dark fantasy, sometimes attempts to save the day go terribly, horribly
wrong. Find out what happens when three armies pick a fight in blackfly territory."Following Along"
-- 123 lines, $61.50
I get a kick out of villains, henchmen, and other overlooked characters. So here is "Following Along," a free-verse poem about a hero sent to rescue his young cousin who's gotten into the wrong sort of work. But he has a hard time catching up to the fellow, and once he does, nothing is quite as he expected it to be ...Someone has expressed interest in sponsoring this poem, though it's still available at present."From the Free City"
-- 79 lines,
available after "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" is finished SOLD
I liked the prompt about how war might affect Fiorenza's village. A search of Italian history turned up plenty of wars all over the place, and it happens that Fermo has survived a number of sieges and other conflicts. "From the Free City" is about the aftermath of one, when a caravan of wounded soldiers passes through the village. One of them winds up in Fiorenza's care, and all is not quite as it seems. This poem is written in free verse. "Half-Baked Ideas"
-- 24 lines,
Oh, look! Dron the barkeeper
has a neighbor across the street. Brilla the baker doesn't make fancy stuff like the palace bakers do ... but she does have one enchanted item on the menu. "Half-Baked Ideas" is written in unrhymed quatrains."In the Bag"
-- 87 lines, $43.50
From the prompt about a broken bag I got the free-verse poem "In the Bag." It involves a magical junk shop, a siege, and a catapult. You don't need to do the math because the two heras have already done that."The Ones They Leave Behind"
-- 24 lines,
The prompt about heras' relatives matched perfectly with the poem I just finished, "Shine On
." So here is "The Ones They Leave Behind" also written in unrhymed quatrains. It picks up the perspective of Larn, who has just watched his sister walk out of his life, leaving him to help rebuild the ruined village. Because it's not the heroic figures who keep the world going. Despite its connection to the other poem, I think this one stands on its own pretty well, for anyone familiar with low fantasy and what a war typically does to the countryside."Wipeout"
-- 44 lines, $20
I was utterly taken with the idea of practical magics and their role in a society's level of leisure. "Wipeout" is written in unrhymed quatrains. When Jenina moves from her family's pig farm to the city, nobody wants to believe she can do magic. So she starts doing research in areas that nobody else is pursuing ... but everybody needs.