September 9th, 2011


Poetry News

A couple of newsbits about poetry crossed my desk today:

Diane Severson Mori:
The most recent edition of Poetry Planet for StarShipSofa - Podcast
Magazine went live on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011! It showcases the all 6
winners of this year's Rhysling Award:

CSE Cooney, Dogstar Men and The Sea King's Second Bride
Amal El-Mohtar, Peach-Creamed Honey
Bruce Boston, Dark Rains Here and There
Karen A. Romanko, Binary Creation Myth
Robert Frazier, Wreck-diving the Starship

To listen to the show go here:
-landis-pt-2/ or

You can listen to the show from the website or subscribe via iTunes.

Poetry Planet begins at ca 1:09, so at the end of the show.

Thanks for listening!

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Ruth Berman
Thought I'd let folks know that I have two poems in the current
(October/November) issue of "Asimov's Science Fiction": "Being
One with Your Broom" and "Vampire Politics."

The issue also has two poems by Bruce Boston, "Extended Family"
and "The Music of Werewolves," and one by Geoffrey A. Landis,
"Galileo's Ink Spots Fade into Twilight."

Ruth Berman


News from Meeksp

meeksp is doing the Sketch Fest today.  I am loving the results so far.  These color sketches wind up looking like terrific children's book illustrations.

"Teddy's Terrific Travels" has been updated.  Check out the expressions on the pigs, and the intricate details of the map.

In the queue for updates: both "Wonder Cities" sketches (sponsored by Heavenscalyx), "The Henchmen's Hitch," "Starlit Rays," and "Restoration." 

Thanks to everyone who's been supporting this project with donations, linkbacks, comments, etc.  Your enthusiasm makes the crowdfunding world go 'round!

Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, September 6

The September theme was "pets and livestock."  A brisk gush of early prompts settled to a steady trickle through much of the day.  This time I managed to keep up with the flow.  We had 91 comments, including some discussion threads that spawned poems.  I worked from 1:15 PM to 12:45 AM, so about 9 1/2 hours allowing for breaks.  I wrote 22 poems.  (Subsequent discussion with various folks is continuing to inspire more poetry.  I've written down one already and have plans for more still.)  They were all free verse, some with regular verses.  Length covered all the options this time.  A total of 24 people sent prompts, a tie for last month's record.  There were no new prompters, though.

Donations started slow on Tuesday, which left me more time for writing but had us wondering if the influx was going to tank out.  Then it picked up on Wednesday and Thursday.  We reached the $150 goal for a free series poem.  I posted a poll to select the series.  Fiorenza, The Origami Mage, and Path of the Paladins exchanged the lead multiple times.  With a whopping 28 votes, Fiorenza and Path of the Paladins are tied and all the folks I usually ask to break ties have already voted.  So fine, we will just feature two series when I call for prompts from the donors.

Shifting the linkbacks perk to another journal definitely helped save time.  Special thanks to minor_architect for hosting that.  I have posted "The Picket Fence Committee" in full on my journal, in its original and revised versions.  You can see the discussion in the comments regarding how to expand and improve that poem.  Shifting the ticker to my_partner_doug for updates also helped.  Regrettably the TickerFactory site jammed on Wednesday, but was back in action on Thursday.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dogged Persistence" (Torn World)
"Farm and Field" (Fiorenza, the Italian Herbalist)
"Feathered Wings"
"Jack and the White Cow"
"One Eye on the Horizon" (Path of the Paladins)
"The Peacehorse" (The Ocracies)
"Pet Projects" (Monster House)

"The Picket Fence Committee" (Monster House) original and revised

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 September.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the currently sponsored poems are posted.  Prompters have been sent their backchannel copies.  I still need to make the poll for the generally sponsored poetry.

The September perk-post is "Humans and Animals."  This month's donors include: zianuray, marina_bonomi, the_vulture, ladyqkat, janetmiles, and laffingkat

Special congratulations to ladyqkat who reached k-fan level this month. My k-fans are folks who spend $100+ on my work per year. The main perk for that is a printed copy of all the published fishbowl poems of the year.

There were no new donors this month.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for September 6, 2011

This is the generally sponsored poetry poll for the September 6, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  You have $15 to spend.  There are three $15 poems left: "The Dog Guides," "New Eden," and "Spotted."  There are four $10 poems left: "Hawk in the Night," "The Games Pets Play," "The Pet," and "Schrodinger's Human."  There are three $5 poems left: "aquarium science fiction," "Hourglass in the Sand," and "The Rockhound." 

There are also three epics that you could choose to fund: "Restoration" tells how the radiator dragon came to live in Monster House.  ($5 won't reveal a new verse.  $15 would reveal four verses.)  "The Accidental Hero" follows Aldornia and Zenobia when one of Aldornia's relatives unexpectedly appears in the Temple of Golden Light.  ($5 would reveal one new verse.  $15 would reveal seven verses.)  "Igor's Creature" is a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.  ($5 would reveal one new verse.  $15 would reveal two new verses.)

First, choose how to distribute the funds based on poem length.  Next, select the poems you most want to see published.  I will leave this poll open at least until Saturday evening.  If there's a clear winner at that time, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a bit longer.

Poll #1777366 Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for September 2011 Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

How would you like to distribute the funds?

One $15 poem
One $10 poem AND one $5 poem
One $10 poem AND $5 toward an epic poem
THREE $5 poems
TWO $5 poems and $5 toward an epic poem
All $15 into epic poetry

If a $15 poem is to be funded, which would you most like to see published?

"The Dog Guides"
"New Eden"

If a $10 poem is to be funded, which would you most like to see published?

"Hawk in the Night"
"The Games Pets Play"
"The Pet"
"Schrodinger's Human"

If TWO $5 poems are to be funded, which TWO do you want to see published?

"aquarium science fiction"
"Hourglass in the Sand"
"The Rockhound"

If ONE epic gets $5, where should that money go?

"The Accidental Hero"
"Igor's Creature"

If all $15 goes into epic poetry, how would you like to distribute it?

All $15 to "The Accidental Hero"
All $15 to "Igor's Creature"
All $15 to "Restoration"
$5 to each of these three epics