June 23rd, 2012


Strong Female Characters

 Here we are again.  When I say I want strong female characters, I actually do mean (strong female) characters not (strong characters), female.  I mean go out and look at the 51% of bodies that are female, and look for the strong ones, and tell stories about what they are doing.  Not put boobs on a hero and act like that's a hera.  Un the same.  

Poem: "What the Starships Do Not Know"

This poem was written outside the Poetry Fishbowl proper, but connects with the series about phobic starships; you can find the ohter poems via the Serial Poetry page.  It is presented here as the free perk for the June 19, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $100 goal for a free $15 poem. 

What the Starships Do Not Know

These are the things the starships do not know
that could hurt them:

     What they believe is a stardrive
     does not actually work as intended,
     can move them into hyperspace
     but not within it – nor out of it again.

     What they wish to experience
     would destroy them if they did,
     the strangeness of hyperspace
     slowly boiling through their sensors
     to drive them mad as they observed
     the stars dissolving into chaos.

     What they fear most deeply
     is their sole salvation, for IT
     is not a monster but a benefactor:
     a wise old alien who carefully
     picks them up and deciphers their destinations
     and delivers them gently back into realspace.

     What they desire most dearly –
     to evade IT, to slay IT
     would only doom them to slow death
     in the emptiness of hyperspace,
     a pitted metal corpse to be discovered
     by the next alien courier to come that way:
     for IT  is not one creature, but many.

A starship’s mind is secreted deep in the braindrive,
behind a wall bricked with dread and mortared with horror,
not held high like the pilot-drive that finds the way and is easily reached –
and it is because of this
that the starships do not know
that so much of what they think  they know
is wrong.

Hart's Farm

Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for June 19, 2012

Here is the generally sponsored poetry poll for the June 19, 2012 fishbowl.  You have $33 to spend.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will leave it open at least until Sunday morning.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer. 

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Hart's Farm

Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 19, 2012

The theme for this bonus fishbowl was Hart's Farm.  Special thanks to aldersprig for sponsoring the lovely new icon, and to meeksp for drawing it.  I have updated the Serial Poetry page to link the sponsored poems and list the other ones in my best guess of chronological order.  A handful of prompts arrived early, and others trickled in during the day.  A total of 10 people sent prompts.  There were 29 comments including mine.  I worked from noon to 3:30 AM on Tuesday, so about 13 hours 30 minutes; and then a little more on Wednesday.

I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday, 2 more on Wednesday, so a total of 11 for this fishbowl.  Most of those were epics, and the rest were long poems.  Almost all used multiple prompts.  People gave me ideas that mixed well, so some prompters got theirs used in several different poems.  Everything was free verse.

Donations went well this time.  The tally met the $100 goal for a free $15 poem.  "What the Starships Do Not Know" has been posted for that perk.  The generally sponsored poetry poll has also been posted.  There were no new prompters or donors in this session. 

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 19, 2012 fishbowl have been posted:
"Behind the Red Robe"
"A Chorus of Voices"
"Hens and Flowers"
"A Kettle of Fish"
"Like Nobody's Watching"

"What the Starships Do Not Know" (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 poetry from June 19, 2012.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

The mid-month donors include: the_vulture, zianuray, janetmiles, and rix_scaedu.  Thank you all for your support!

For complete details on this project, see the Poetry Fishbowl Landing Page.