February 13th, 2014


Playing the Hand You're Dealt

My partner Doug pointed me to this video of a card mechanic performing.  One interesting thing about Mr. Turner is that he is blind, and controls the cards using a profound sense of touch, which developed as his sight diminished in childhood.  While losing one sense does not always  cause a reciprocal gain in some other sense(s), sometimes it does, and this is a terrific example of touch pushed to the edge of human potential.  I am reminded of how historic China used to employ blind people to unwind silk cocoons, capitalizing on a similar sensitivity.

Read "Finding the Beauty"

Thanks to a donation by Anthony & Shirley Barrette, my Torn World poem "Finding the Beauty" is now visible to the public.
A young Marai explores her role as a domestic.

Marai has appeared in a number of stories.  She is deaf and works as a raiser.  This poem tells how she discovered a vocation where her handicap works as an advantage.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 4, 2014

Our theme this month was "love."  I worked from 12:45 PM to 4:30 AM, so about 13 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote 12 poems on Tuesday, and another 8 spread through the week.  Series prompts often run longer and stack less, so it spreads out the writing.  In addition to the epics there were a bunch of long and medium-long poems this time, all free verse.

Participation was much livelier than last month.  There were 46 comments on LiveJournal and another 30 on Dreamwidth.  A total of 22 people sent prompts.  Please welcome new prompters DW users Alexseanchai, Sharpeningthebones, Peoriapeoriawhereart, and Librarygeek.  You have them to thank for the extra freebie.  That's more new prompters than we've had in some time!

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Always Like Itself"
"Aren't You Already There"
"As One of Your Countrymen"
"The Children Made Manifest"
"The Feast of Saint Valentine"
"Let Me Count the Days"
"The Love of Brothers"
"No-Good Lovers"
"A Picnic in the Hills"
"Pussy Willows and Tiger Lilies"
"Speaking of Broccoli"
"Unexpected Affections"
"Valor's Widow"
"Waiting Hand and Foot"

"Spirit of Truth" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, 1/7/14 fishbowl)
"Grotesque Alterations" (Frankenstein's Family, 12/3/13 fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from February. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Prompter copies for the rest have gone out.  Per the $200 goal, "Grotesque Alterations" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's a second tally toward a bonus fishbowl.  Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in Walking the Beat from February 17-23.

Donors this month included lb_lee, Anonymous, janetmiles, DW user Librarygeek, zianuray, rix_scaedu, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  Please welcome new donor Librarygeek, contributing toward that second freebie.  The donor perk is "Types of Love," posted on DW since the LJ group function is still borked.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.