November 18th, 2017


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "stretching and reaching." 

What I Have Written

"Reaching for the Jar" is this session's freebie.

"Where Will All Come Home?"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Where Will All Come Home?" Aidan and Saraphina make toy boats with friends.
183 counted lines, Buy It Now = $92

From My Prompts

"To Reach for the Stars" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe 

Extreme Vetting

Hidden in this noxious plan for extreme vetting of immigrants is a little Orwellian gem whose significance most people will miss.

ICE wants to use machine learning technology and social media monitoring to determine whether an individual is a “positively contributing member of society,” according to documents published on federal contracting websites.

Notice they're going for the soft target first. Someone a lot of people don't like: immigrants. But once that technology exists, it can be used against anyone.  People of color.  Poor people.  Elders.  The disabled.  Single mothers.  Homeless people.  Anyone society dislikes or doesn't think is "good enough."  Well, good enough for ... what?  Food, clothing, shelter, health care, anything that society might be asked to help pay for.  After all, why bother to support people who aren't good for anything?  Nevermind the rich, many of whom do exactly zero work.  And from there it grows.

Remember, when you see someone picking on a group they dislike, that tends to be the way they'd treat everyone if they thought they could get away with it.  Just because they like or tolerate you today doesn't mean they won't decide to hate you tomorrow.

Unsold Poetry for the November 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the November 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems
"Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Leaves Upon the Water," "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," "The Emulsification of Humankind," "Gliding In," and "The Open Gyre." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

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Poem: "The Willingness to Learn"

This poem is from the November 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "make a list" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo and the "day" square in my 10-31-17 Time card for the Space and Time Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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