August 29th, 2015

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Enjoy "Raising Dion #1"

Today I discovered Raising Dion. It's about a single mother of color, who does not have superpowers, raising a son who does. Gorgeous art, adorable characterization, attentive ethics, really cool power use, positive family values -- all stuff I love. You can download a free PDF of the first issue, or buy a print-on-demand hardcopy here. Regrettably I could not find a plain donation button, but the hardcopy is only $4 so that should fit most budgets. If you want to support them more, you could always buy extras for some friends.

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 21, 2015

This session's theme was "anything goes," which next time I will try to clarify further: not just riffing on that phrase, but you can ask for whatever you want. I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 11 later.

Participation was decent, with 20 people sending prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] shiori_makiba , whom you have to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"By Our Limited Human Understanding"
"Coloring In"
"Come Through Your Door"
"Everything Goes"
"Hearing What Isn't Said"
"Humbug or Hope"
"Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
"Seeking a Happy Medium"
"Silken Wings"
"Where We Love Is Home"
"With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 21, 2015. That will include the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted.  There were only four donors this time, all regulars: [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Unsold Poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Learning to See."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.

"As a Model for Others"
TeJay takes Eric to a presentation on Rosa Parks Day, where they discuss issues of oppression and equality.  "As a Model for Others" is written in free verse.
104 lines, Buy It Now = $52

TeJay knows that Eric's mind
is mostly on Christmas, and
that's okay as far as it goes.

He knows darn well
that doesn't go as far as it used to,
though, and TeJay feels a bit
responsible for that

I came across some other inspiration elsenet and figured it would attach well here. "Collarboned" is about empathic abuse, and it's also a sequel to "Touching the Ties That Bind."
70 lines, Buy It Now = $35

At first she is flattered when he proposes
that they move in together so soon
after meeting, that it must be
love at first sight.

It is wonderful for a month.

Then he begins to draw her away
from her friends and family

"Berettaflies" (See also the guidepage for the Berettaflies thread.)
Your wasp prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Berettaflies." Facet goes out on a call to investigate complaints about venomous butterflies. Not even his insect powers are really up to the challenge at hand.
102 lines, Buy It Now = $51

When hysterical calls came into
the Easy City SPOON office complaining
about venomous butterflies, they
sent Facet to investigate.

He found a fractured lab,
a swarm of vivid insects, and
a supervillain with a butterfly net

"Forging Ahead"
Based on your paladins prompt, I took the opportunity to write the poem in which Ari gets her star sword and full status as a paladin. "Forging Ahead" is written in unrhymed quatrains.
140 lines, 35 verses, Buy It Now = $70

It had been just over a year
since their first meeting when
Shahana declared the end
of Ari's time as a novice.

"You are ready to become
a paladin in your own right,"
said Shahana. "It is time
to get you a proper sword."

"If Old Hymns You Like"
From this I got the free-verse poem "If Old Hymns You Like." It's an exploration of how badly people speak of Loki, and what the words really mean if you look a little closer.
45 lines, Buy It Now = $20