All flavors of "erapunk" are eligible (see "cyberpunk derivatives") such as teslapunk, atompunk, clockpunk, dieselpunk, and decopunk. But hey, there's no need to restrict ourselves to extant subgenres. If you want me to try writing bronzepunk or claypunk or flintpunk or some other historic period that's okay. And that "punk" aspect? It means take the core themes of a technology and its prime culture, and twist them in some way that makes for interesting sociological commentary. Punk is what you get when straightforward literature looks at things from the underside and maybe applies a monkeywrench somewhere. If you're not sure how to put all these pieces together, that's fine -- you can just give me a time, or a tech, or a monkeywrench.
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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Here are some new opportunities in crowdfunded science ...
Finding and Saving Nicaragua’s Last Population of Jaguars
Jaguars are among the most charismatic and important large carnivores
in Latin America. However, they have lost much of their range to human
activities like logging, ranching, and hunting.
Potential rewards: Bag of coffee from Nicaragua or a cast of
a real jaguar footprint!
Decoding Hyena Calls in the Maasai Mara
The hyena’s whoop is one of the eeriest, most distinctive sounds of
the African bush. What function do whoops serve, and how do these
carnivores use vocal communication?
Potential rewards: Traditional Masai blanket or war club, and naming
rights to a hyena cub!
Also, the project to search for exomoons is fully funded. Cool.
There was one new prompter, catsittingstill. You have her to thank for the extra freebie. Donations were good for a mid-month fishbowl, which led to a lot of these poems getting published. Yay!
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 20, 2012 fishbowl have been posted:
"Ari and the Atheist"
"Bouquets of Bygone Days"
"Follow Your Heart"
"Frightening the Horses"
See also the lyrics "A Matter of the Heart" by catsittingstill, inspired by "Follow Your Heart." A tune has been crowdfunded and will be recorded eventually. Yay! Yay!
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 March 20, 2012. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
All currently sponsored poems are posted. I've sent backchannel copies to the prompters for the rest. Donors for this fishbowl include: morrigans_eve, catsittingstill, the_vulture, janetmiles, and tabard. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!
For complete details on this project, see the Poetry Fishbowl Landing Page.