April 24th, 2012

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, May 1

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "anti-heroes and anti-villains." I'll be soliciting ideas for heroic or villainous characters who don't quite fit their roles, classic heroes or villains remade, interesting victims and bystanders, spies, traitors, doomsday machines, magical artifacts, uniforms and other outfits, macguffins to fight over, exciting fight venues like the tops of trains, goals and conflicts, love interests, hate interests, what causes someone to switch allegiance, certain death, moral dilemmas, double or triple crosses, archetypes, and poetic forms in particular. 

Everybody understands the basic roles of hero and villain.  Think of the pure classic versions as far points on a spectrum.  Moving from villain toward hero, you find the anti-hero: someone who does good things (often this requires some pushing) but has the personality of a rascal.  Han Solo is a popular example.  Now coming from the villain side of the scale and moving toward hero, there is logically another point that is often ignored, the anti-villain: someone who does evil things, or at least things opposed to the protagonist's goal, but has the personality of a gentleman and deals honorably with his enemies.  Both character types include complex shades of gray, and they bracket the "everyman" character type at the center of the spectrum, someone who doesn't lean strongly toward good or evil.  If you like mixing things up or playing tug-of-war with characters, you can have fun with this.

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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