March 27th, 2012


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 3

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "steampunk and other eras." I'll be soliciting ideas for inventors, people affected by technological advances, culture heroes, historic devices, iconic tools associated with certain technology, types of technology, time periods, cultures you'd like me to feature (if I haven't promoted your favorite one to world domination, now's your chance), palaces and other cultural arenas, labs and other places where inventions take shape, turning points in history, events instigated by technology, social issues, and poetic forms in particular. 

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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New Petridish Projects

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.


Poetry Fishbowl Report for March 20, 2012

The theme for this bonus fishbowl was Path of the Paladins.  Prompts were slow coming in at first.  A total of 9 people sent prompts.  There were 32 comments, including mine.  I worked from 2 PM to 3:15 AM, so about 11 hours 15 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote 8 poems, all free verse, and all but one epics.  Most of them combined multiple prompts.

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"
"Storm Wrack"

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.