December 12th, 2011


2011 Holiday Poetry Sale

The sale is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your support, and I wish you happy holidays.

A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow ...

Welcome to the 2011 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Friday, December 16, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2011 are half price.  Especially check out the epics; the highest one is down to $48.25, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time!  For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, there are a few poems at $2.50 and plenty at $5.  The linkback poem "Beggars' Night" is still open, so if you link to the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of that; just remember to tell me what you did.

If you want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish.  Both the giver and the recipient count as donors for the purpose of reading the perk-posts, and both get nonexclusive reprint rights.  That means if you buy a poem for someone else, you can post it on your blog or website for them, or they can post it on theirs, in addition to it appearing here.

Here is a PayPal button for your convenience, or you may contact me for other payment options.  (I'm just offering prewritten poetry this time, not scrapbook pages, because I expect to be unavailable for part of the month.)  Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.

The following poems are left over from fishbowls throughout 2011 (plus December 2010).  If you want to see the thumbnail descriptions, click the theme links.  If you don't see a poem that you remember fondly, it may have been submitted to another market, but you can ask me to double-check.  The same applies to poems from previous years; just ask if you want one.  Special thanks to marina_bonomi for helping me collate the list of available poems.

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Monday Update 12/12/11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Fishbowl Poetry Report for December 6, 2011
Diversity in Images
History Is the Stories We Tell
Listen to "Can She Bake a Scary Pie?"
How Not to Become a Famous Poet (25 comments)
Writing Hot Topics
Subtle Assumptions of Color
Permaculture Issue of Communities Magazine
Tell ALL the Stories
Fat Women and Sex (50 comments)
Brains Before Beauty
Study Finds Organ Damage from GMO Corn
Read about the Dairy Sow

This week's big activity is the 2011 Holiday Poetry Sale, open Monday-Friday. Buy poems at half-price for yourself or someone else. Also, the 2011 Winterfaire is still open if you're looking for independently produced holiday gifts. The linkback poem "Beggars' Night" is continuing to grow. You can reveal more verses by linking to the 2011 Holiday Poetry Sale or the unsold poems from December.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.

It's gotten colder here.  The other night we had a heavy frost under a full, brilliant moon that coated the whole yard with glittering diamond dust.  The birds are starting to fluff up when they perch.

Buzzwords to Beware Of

Language can be used to assist clear communication or to undercut it.  When people realize they're being deceived, clever manipulators change their terminology and tactics.  Here is some of the new bullshit, so you will recognize it when you hear it.  Remember, look for facts and figures, causes and effects -- not just idealogy, whether yours or someone else's.

How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street
By Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket – Thu, Dec 1, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Republican Governors Association met this week in
Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize
and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question
kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about
Occupy Wall Street?

"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death,"
said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation's foremost
experts on crafting the perfect political message. "They're having an
impact on what the American people think of capitalism."
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Crowdfunded Illustration: "Igor's Creature"

Okay, meeksp has posted the sketch for "Igor's Creature" on its own page now.  It's really a composite of three scenes: Igor working on the device, him comforting creature, and Dr. Frankenstein passed out on a fainting couch.  Hee!  I love it.  Please comment on the artist's page; enough comments or tips will earn another round of work on this picture.