Sorry that I couldn't post this yesterday; our net connection was down.
This is Part 3 of a freebie poem from the July 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl, thanks to new prompter quennessa. (If you haven't read it yet, start with Part 1 and Part 2.) This is a remodeled version of the awful plot from Sucker Punch.
WARNING: This entire poem is violent, and contains many misogynist characters bedeviling the heras. It may be triggery for some people. Part 3 contains reference to nonconsensual bondage, betrayal, violence against women, and a cliffhanger ending for this installment. If such imagery tends to upset you, then you might want to skip this poem. But if you're okay with valiant heras struggling against terrible obstacles, here it is.
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There are three open epics to which you could direct funds: "Enki's Messengers" needs $3.50 to reveal the next verse. "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" needs $1.50 for the next verse and $3 for the one after that, so you could get TWO verses of this poem. "Igor's Creature" needs $4 for the next verse.
Everyone is invited to vote on which of these three poems should get the $5. I'll check the poll Monday evening (net access willing; it's been awful recently). If there's a clear winner then, I'll close the poll. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.
Where do you want to direct the $5?
However, I happened to mouse over the "Poetry" interest on Facebook today. It said, "1,251,718 people like this." That's quite a lot, especially since it's just one service on the Internet.
I think there are a lot more people who like poetry than are easily counted. They don't have a lot of convenient ways to connect. A large amount of modern poetry is kind of crummy, and it's not easy to find the good stuff -- you pretty much need the patience to treat an entire magazine rack (or the web) as a slush pile until you find something you enjoy. There are some subcultures in which the demand is higher, such as Paganism and speculative fiction. But in general, poetry is kind of a stealth hobby. It has more fans than are readily noticed.
In business terms, that's an untapped market. I love the way that crowdfunding gives me direct access to my fans, and it's poetry that has done well for me. I also love the fact that crowdfunding lets people ask for whatever kind of poetry they most want to read. I can almost always meet the requests, and I've had some that seriously took me to the edge of my envelope.
She is presently at work on "Dragons Next Door" which relates to the writing of aldersprig.
Currently tied for most linkbacks are the previous sketches "Rin" (also by aldersprig) and "Without Fail" (a Torn World story that I wrote). The picture that gets the most linkbacks will get more work done on it; this is a monthly contest to reward people for activity.
Next project will be a new sketch inspired by my poem "Shine On." Woohoo! Please watch for that one to pop up so you can comment on it. Enough comments on a sketch will also get it refined in more detail.