Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "wild animals." I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.
Watch for the linkbacks perk to go live. Click to read "Grit and Grace" (Path of the Paladins) or notify minor_architect of linkbacks to reveal more verses.
What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?
Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.
In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "wild animals." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:
1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.
2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A new feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated. At $150 you get a free series poem; at $200 you get an extra fishbowl featuring a poetic series.
$214.50 raised, first goal MET, second goal MET
Believe that there are dragons
and they will eat you if they can.
Their skin is tough and scaled,
proof against many weapons;
their terrible claws can rip through defenses
to disembowel their prey.
Even the tail is a formidable bludgeon.
Their bite is deadly,
fit to rot flesh from bone,
and they will track what they bite
until it dies.
They do not care about your virginity,
only your weight and whether
you will come near where they wait.
They eat pigs and deer,
huge water buffalo and heedless humans,
even each other -- anything
that strays within reach of their teeth.
The death lizards of Komodo
were christened "dragons"
because they are worthy of fear.