This poem is overflow from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. marina_bonomi, the_vulture, and some other folks got to talking about "Dragon Tiger Wind Cloud." The result is a new series, Kung Fu Robots. I wrote three extra poems for it last night, one of which is "What Is the Sound of One Cricket Chirping?" It was inspired by marina_bonomi and the_vulture</lj>, and it has been sponsored by marina_bonomi. You can also read about koans and lucky crickets.
Speaking of crickets, there's a bit of a translation disconnect here. The original concept in my head was "one cricket chorusing," which is how some languages frame crickets, frogs, and other creatures that tend to make sounds communally. But in English the framing is "cricket(s) chirping," so that "chorusing" would sound awkward. I sacrificed the direct oxymoron for sake of legibility, and added a description of the context instead.
This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a discussion between the_vulture and marina_bonomi following "Dragon Tiger Wind Cloud." It has been sponsored by the_vulture. It belongs to the Kung Fu Robots series. There are references to the "drunken master" style in the Xian Immortals and Ten Tigers of Canton, along with the movie Drunken Master. Sorghum brandy is an alcoholic beverage from China.
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Anybody want to buy a couple lines of open epic? Or one of the newly-listed $5 tankas on the unsold poetry page? I'm planning to close the donation tally after supper tonight, and it's currently at $399. Making $400 would be extra cool. Golly gee whiz wow. You folks are made of so much win.
This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by discussions with siege and kelkyag following the poem "lacquerware," as a continuation of the Lacquerware series. Edopunk science fiction, bring it on! It has been sponsored by zianuray. You can read more about the original I Ching and this hexagram online. The tanka form is native to Japan.
sound of tea pouring
lacquerware cup consults with
programming issues output:
T'ai -- Peace. Good fortune, success.
This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses. So far sponsors include: the_vulture, general fund, marina_bonomi, laffingkat
Amount donated = $36
Verses posted = 13 of 20
Amount remaining to fund fully = $14
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50
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This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by discussions with siege and kelkyag following the poem "lacquerware." It belongs to the Edopunk science fiction series Lacquerware. This particular piece was based on the abacus, an ancient calculating device. The tanka form is native to Japan.
a tea tray figures,
now carrying more than tea:
gravity draws beads along
wires -- behold, counting tray!
It's time for the generally sponsored poetry poll. I'm going to work it a little differently this time because the situation is a little different. All the shorter poems have sold and there is one unsold epic from the April fishbowl (counting the spillover poetry, WOW). There are currently four open epics. You get to decide how to spread the funds over the epics, and you have $87 to spend.
This means that me trying to guess what you'll want is chancy at best. So I'll list the poems and some possible options ...
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