December 10th, 2015

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New Verses in Epic Poetry

Based on an audience poll, "A Few Steps Down the Road" is now complete. Find out what happens between Saul and Keon. There are also 9 new verses in "Holding Hope and Love."  Cheersquad helps Fireheart work out ways to teach Aurora the concept of "down," and talks with Anh Vaughn about how to take care of trauma survivors.
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Unsold Poems from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the February 3, 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 "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Changeling Fishes"
From this came the free-verse poem "Changeling Fishes." The seer is strange in her own ways, but she sympathizes with the fish who change their sex. When a change comes to her life, she is ready for it.
27 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Loki's Gender"
From a DW prompt came the free-verse poem "Loki's Gender." It explores the ways he doesn't fit into expected gender roles.
43 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Raising the Future"
From your pressure prompt I got the free-verse poem "Raising the Future," in which Demaree invents the profession of raiser.
54 lines, Buy It Now = $20
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Watch "See You Again"

 My partner Doug found me this music video that's been viewed over a billion times.  The music is charming, and also particularly noteworthy for blending multiple styles.  The diversity in general is very high.  The bromance is adorable.  I think it taps into the zeitgeist because so many people have close relationships with friends who live far away, and they're not together most of the time -- their relationship lives in those moments of reconnection.
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Walking the Talk

Here's an article about Bernie Sanders and race relations.  This quote caught my eye:

“I have never, ever seen a person running for president come through here. Not one time,” he said. “At first, I wondered if he is just trying to get the black vote. But I did some research and found out he fought a lot for civil rights, and even marched at one time with Martin Luther King. I never knew that. And in his speeches, he says, ‘Yes, black lives do matter.'”

So here's this white Jewish dude, he's not black, his state is mostly white ... but he's got some roots in equality activism, and one more thing.  You wave a problem in his face, he doesn't ignore it.  He goes out and gets some goddamn experience.  Maybe it's not a lot yet, but when was the last time you saw a politician respond  to a protest with anything other than "Stop whining?"  He's talking with people who know this shit.  He's going into their neighborhoods to see where this shit happened.  That matters.

That more than any speech says, in footsteps, black lives matter.  At least to him.  Because he'll go out of his way to look at a problem that is not, personally, his problem.

This is what makes activism work, when people acknowledge problems and look for solutions, and then it doesn't have  to reach riot proportions, because you're already addressing the issue.

That's leadership.  That's power.  And whether or not it goes where I hope it does, I'm happy to see it.
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Trans gressions

Here's a detailed look at some of the subversive and contentious issues in transgender theory.  It acknowledges that some transwomen never quite feel like women, despite being told that transitioning will resolve the dysphoria, and then they feel betrayed.  There are people for whom transitioning solves that problem, and people for whom it does not.  These groups butt heads a lot.  There are different theories, because there are different people, and their experiences are not all the same.  This can be very hurtful.

Well, one reason I just stick with genderqueer is that current technology can't offer anything that I would value at a cost I could afford, and that's something I can figure out easily at a glance, so I know not to make that mistake.  Not everyone is that self-aware.  And some people really do have the kind of issue that can  be fixed with what's available, and they should have that opportunity.  Trans identity is the ultimate "one size does not fit all" issue.  The main thing I keep thinking, however, which applies to all sides of the argument, is this:

"For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without."

EDIT 12-16-15: ng_moonmoth has written a post inspired by this one, with further insightful discussion of these gender issues.
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Unsold Poems from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the January 6, 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 "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Awaiting the Call"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Awaiting the Call." It speaks of different heroes and how the time before the journey prepares them for what is to come.
32 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"A Faithful Friend and a Good Library"
Your request for Eric inspired the free-verse poem "A Faithful Friend and a Good Library." Eric and TeJay plant a butterfly garden, get Eric a library card, and find some fun new ways to spend time together.
162 lines, Buy It Now = $81

Eric scraped his shovel along the deep bed
that would soon become a butterfly garden.
They'd had to loosen the soil with pickaxes
before they could start digging it out.

He was bored half to death,
and the job was nowhere near done.
"Hey TeJay, who's your best friend?"

"A Precious Princess of Pulleys and Gears"
Your building prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Precious Princess of Pulleys and Gears." Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew has brought forth an impressive automaton.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $58

Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew
came to London on business, but
brought with him a private pleasure.

The automaton clearly drew inspiration
from his uncle's model, yet showed
far more grace and precision,
her construction a work of art
as much as practicality.