November 25th, 2012


Half-Price Poetry Sale, Part 2

The half-price poetry sale is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

This week I posted a half-price poetry sale in the series Fledgling Grace, and the original batch of poetry sold out.  However, comments have led to several new poems, and the week isn't over yet.  So if you want these, they are available at the sale rate.  I've listed them in approximate chronological order.

"The Invisible Things of Him" -- The priest and the angel discuss why God is giving people wings.  This is a sequel to "Moulting" and "The Fledging."  Inspired by a comment from siege.
100 lines, was $50, sale price $25

"False Prophets" -- With God not providing answers to the many questions that people have, some individuals decide to fill the gap.  Inspired by a discussion with my_partner_doug.
54 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"Secondary Feathers" -- What happens to agnostics and atheists during the Fledging?  Inspired by a comment from catsittingstill.
68 lines, was $34, sale price $17

"Eiderdown" -- See how the Fledging affects children.  Inspired by a comment from catsittingstill.
54 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD

"Pluck" -- Beating up queer people turns out to have unexpected consequences.  Inspired by a comment from catsittingstill.
50 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD


Wishlist for the Wordsmith 2012

For those folks who'd like to know what kind of holiday gifts would make me go SQUEE, here is my holiday wishlist. If you think that wishlists are tacky, this post is not addressed to you and you should skip it. Happy holidays, all.

My Amazon Books wishlist is up to date. Type in "Elizabeth Barrette" (there were two, last I checked; mine is the central Illinois entry).

Other good bets are things that don't matter if duplicated:
Austrian crystal window prisms, suncatchers, stained glass, ornaments made of mirror bits, other sparklies
Stickers, lasercuts, or paper for scrapbooking
Things that glow in the dark

Unique things:
If you are a writer or artist and your work is not so widely available that I probably have it already, copies are most welcome. I love having things by people I know personally.

If you live far from Illinois, local arts or crafts are a good idea.

Tiny animals carved from semi-precious stone.

One or two 12x12" nonstick cookie sheets or baking trays with a shallow edge. That's the interior size of my oven racks, and the trays that came with are definitely not nonstick.

From Looney Labs:
Star Fluxx
Martian Fluxx
The Computer individual Fluxx card
Small Pandora's Boxx

Jewelry -- necklaces are probably easiest. I love colored semi-precious gemstones, Celtic knotwork, and Pagan motifs.

I have two scrapbooking border punches right now, one with little hearts in it and Elegance which is a scroll pattern. Fiskars is my favorite brand, with patterns like Boundary Waters, Leaf, and Lace. I'm also hankering after the EK Moon & Stars, Alpine Trail, Candles, or Snowflake border punches.

From the Particle Zoo, so far I have Dark Matter and I am most interested in adding a Strange Quark, a Tachyon, and a Photon.

General parameters:
I think crowdfunding is cool. I love supporting artists, writers, and other creative folks. You can see some of my favorites here.
I think homemade gifts are cool.
I think gift cards are cool. (Favorite bookstore: Barnes & Noble, and I can make use of Amazon. Favorite craft store: Michael's.)
Plain old money is also fine, especially for my friends outside the U.S.A. for whom conversion might be more convenient than shipping; I have a permanent PayPal button on my LiveJournal profile page. PLEASE include a note saying something like "Holiday gift for Ysabetwordsmith" so I can distinguish it from crowdfunding.
I strongly prefer paper books to electronic books, but will resort to reading ebooks if something really cool lacks a hardcopy edition.

My t-shirt size is Large. Preferred style is unisex/men's/unfitted.
My favorite color is blue, but I like most bright colors, and black. I hate pink.

Poem: "Eiderdown"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions, during the half-price poetry sale in November 2012.  It's a response to a comment by catsittingstill about how the Fledging relates to children.  It has been sponsored by catsittingstill.  This poem belongs to the Fledgling Grace series, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

For this poem, I researched bird down, the Common Eider, the snowy owl and its symbolism.  I also explored the Inuit people of Sanikiluaq and their close relationship with eider ducks as mentioned in People of a Feather.

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Poem: "Pluck"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions, during the half-price poetry sale in November 2012.  It's a response to a comment by catsittingstill about whether someone's wings can change.  (We've seen an early example of that in "Moulting," but there's more to the story.)  It has been sponsored by catsittingstill.  It follows things introduced in "Hen-Feathered" and "Fledermäuse" so make sure you've read those first.  This poem belongs to the Fledgling Grace series, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

WARNING: This poem contains violence driven by sex/gender expression, along with some ambiguous moral complexities.  If those issues are triggery for you, then you might want to skip this.  On the other hand, if you're into poetic justice, you will probably find it entertaining.

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Song: "Take These Wings" by Catsittingstill

Inspiration cascade!  I posted "Fledermäuse" in the series Fledgling Grace.  catsittingstill followed with a comment, which led to several new poems. I sent her backchannel copies of three poems: "Secondary Feathers," "Eiderdown," and "Pluck." She sent me back the lyrics for "Take These Wings." So we arranged a trade: I posted two of the poems inspired by her comment, for which I get to post her song, and she's going to create a tune and MP3.  Listen to the MP3!

*happydance* I love crowdfunding.

Take These Wings
lyrics by  catsittingstill

The Fledging came by ones and sevens
A scourge we might hope to escape
But over time we all grew feathers
Though never flight, whatever shape.

     Take these wings; they are a burden
     That are no key to open sky
     That mark and mock and seem to label
     That all may see and wonder why.

The wings of doves, mark Norman children
The wings of crows the Crow attire
A favored few bear wings of cardinals
That mark the holy all admire

So some are blessed by confirmation
Of family pride in ancient tales
And some are torn by refutation
Where memory's guide to lineage fails.

Some bear wings of birds before us
No living soul has heard their call
But bitter sings a different chorus
For some are feathered not at all

Now some suspect my every kindness
Is just a mask for evil things
What can I do? Where can I shelter?
I did not ask for leather wings.


Poem: "Angelwings"

Following the song "Take These Wings" by catsittingstill came a comment from siege, who wondered about Otherkin and offered to trade poems.  Here, then, is my take on that topic. has some informative articles and a wiki. See also "Of the Incarnated Angel" and "Angels & Celestials" for more detailed perspectives on angelkin.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via my Serial Poetry page. 

The counterpart poem is "We, the Stars" by siege.  It's a half-step away from my established canon, as it expands into other transformative experiences, but it has much the same flavor and is fascinating to read.

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