I love body language, human or otherwise. One of my biggest peeves in visual representations of nonhumans is when the artist neglects the relevant body language. Parts are just stuck there, and it's as bad as if a human's face was frozen into a mask.
When I write, I very frequently use body language to convey mood and tone. Assertive characters have expansive body language. Timid characters curl into themselves. Someone who is lying may be shifty -- or perfectly smooth. A conflicted character will waffle, doing different things.
It's a way of grounding readers not just in a story, but in a particular person's body. The use of body language goes along with my strong fondness for sense imagery. This also lets me refract the experience as different characters perceive it -- recently I wrote a poem about Rai and he was hearing the floor creak as someone shifted her weight nervously, because he's blind and therefore relies on different clues.
This poem came out of the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by marina_bonomi, siliconshaman, and DW user Cadenzamuse. It also fills the "seduction" square in my Dark Fantasy Bingo Card. It has been selected in an audience poll. This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.
This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses. So far sponsors include: general fund, DW user Cadenzamuse, thnidu
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