August 11th, 2012

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Poem: "The Gods of Sheep and Machines"

This poem came out of the August 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aldersprig and sponsored by rix_scaedu.  Usually the idea of a machine god is portrayed in a negative light ... but there are some things that machines do quite well.  You can read more about the indriso form online.


The Gods of Sheep and Machines
-- an indriso


The King of Kings is thoughtless in His way,
who lets His shepherds beat His bleating sheep
and speak against His strictures when they pray.

The God of the Machines may never weep
but neither lets mistakes go as they say;
His rules the wizard-priests are bound  to keep.

As sheep are fleeced, the old gods pass away.

The hands of science measure all they sweep.

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Poll: Sponsor an Epic from August 2012

This is the first poll for generally sponsored poetry from the August 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  You have $235 to spend.  In an effort to reduce choice paralysis and make sure everyone gets something they like, I'm going to spread this across three categories: new epic poetry, new short-to-long poetry, and epics in microfunding.  First, you get to decide which of the three new epics you'd like to sponsor.  Later, the remaining funds will be split between short-to-long poetry and open epics, and you'll get to vote again.

Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll keep 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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Poll: Series for Free Epic

The August 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl met the $200 goal for a free epic poem.  First, vote on which series you want.  All of these have 2 epics each: The Asgard Eddas, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Starfather, The Steamsmith.  Later I'll post a poll so you can pick the specific poem. 

Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  It will stay open at least until Sunday afternoon.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise, I may leave it open a little longer.

Poll #1859503 Series for Free Epic for August 2012
This poll is closed.

Which series do you want for the free epic?

The Asgard Eddas
3(18.8%)
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
8(50.0%)
Starfather
2(12.5%)
The Steamsmith
3(18.8%)