June 9th, 2012


Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 5, 2012

The June theme was "precious metals and gems."  A surge of prompts arrived midday, then nothing for a while, followed by a trickle later in the evening.  I worked from 12:15 PM to 2:30 AM, so about 12 hours 15 minutes allowing for breaks.  Most were medium poems, with a few epics, long and short poems.  They were all free verse and all but one based on single prompts.  A total of 17 people sent prompts.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:

"An Amazing Carriage of Amber and Jade"
"The Ceiling of Her Sky"
"Crystal Clear and Otherwise"
"Damascus Steel"
"Feudal Chemistry"
"The Girl Who Wanted Too Much"
"Hearts of Stone"
"A Jewel Beyond Price"
"The Jewels That Fall from the Sky"
"The Matchsmith's Challenge"
"The Myth of Amethystos"
"Nuclear Empowerment"
"Of Pearls and Nonpearls"
"The Ruby Lens"
"Stones, Like Souls"
"Strange Fruit"
"Swords of a Singular Age"

"Confusion to the Enemy" (The Clockwork War, 7/11/11 outside fishbowl)

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 June.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

The fishbowl has SOLD OUT!  All perks are qualified.  Vote for your free epic, a series to get the half-price poetry sale, and distribution of the general fund.  Later there will be a poll for which series should get the bonus fishbowl.

All sponsored poems have been posted.  The June perk-post is "Desire and Motivation."

Donors for June include: Stephen Laird, marina_bonomi, laffingkat, janetmiles, rix_scaedu, the_vulture, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Poem: "The Odd Trio"

This poem came out of the April 7, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from haikujaguar.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  This poem belongs to the series The Odd Trio; you can find the other poems through the Serial Poetry page.

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Family News Update

my_partner_doug's mother has passed away, peacefully and not unexpectedly of old age.  We will be busy with family obligations for the next several days.  We expect to be available again midweek or later.  Thank you for your thoughts and patience.
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Poll: Bonus Poetry Fishbowl for June 2012

June was the third month of reaching the $250 goal, so you get a bonus Poetry Fishbowl featuring a particular series.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  It will be open for several days, probably until midweek.

Poll #1845974 Bonus Poetry Fishbowl Poll for June 2012
This poll is closed.

Which series should get the bonus fishbowl?

Fiorenza the Wisewoman
Hart's Farm
Kung Fu Robots
Monster House
The Ocracies


Half-Price Poetry Sale & Other News

I have closed the half-price poetry poll.  The winning series is One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

The poll for the bonus fishbowl is now open.

Due to family circumstances, I'll be unavailable for several days.  My tentative plan at this point is to hold the half-price poetry sale toward the middle of June, and set the bonus fishbowl for the middle of July.  I'll pick some other perk for the slot usually held by the half-price sale for July.  That would keep shopping opportunities from stacking up too much.  I expect to be available again at the middle or end of the week.  I'll figure out more details then, and give you an update accordingly.