December 29th, 2017


Poetry Fishbowl Report for December 5, 2017

Our theme this month was "Home & Hearth." I wrote from 1:30 PM to 3:45 AM, so around 12 hours 15 minutes accounting for breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 8 later.

Participation was enthusiastic, with 17 comments on LiveJournal and another 69 on Dreamwidth. A total of 23 people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"An Air of Reflection"
"The Helping Hand of a Neighbor"
"In the Orbit of Your Destiny"
"Like a Sleeping Dragon"
"Make Logs, Carry Water"
"The Most Room in Your Heart"
"Not a Tame ..."
"The Sweetest of Plums"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for December 7, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] alexconall, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $100 goal, so "Neither Are You Free" is the free $15 poem. We're still at one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Today's Adventures

This morning Doug's last holiday gift arrived -- I had gotten him a couple of sweatshirts with help from a friend.  \o/  So he is pleased with those.

Then we went out on an excursion.  We went to Bloomington, did at little gift-shopping that was very successful, and then went mall-crawling.  Doug found the 12-dot dominoes that he was looking for.  We ate pretzel bites.  We both found some great things in Earthbound.  He got a cloth banner of Ganesh and I got a pair of aurora-colored tie-dye pants plus some incense.  It was a lot of fun.

I'm not inclined to return to Eastland, though.  It's a lovely mall, but they've just joined the flood of malls banning minors without an adult during some days and hours (obviously, the ones those people are most likely to be free to visit malls).  But this one is extra heinous: it can't just be any legal adult, it must be a parent or guardian 21 or older.  Think carefully.  This means a teen parent, or a legal adult aged 18-20, cannot take their own child(ren) to the mall.  A married couple not using birth control could have 2-3 children in those three years.  I hope the mall gets sued and/or boycotted to death.  I mean, I used to love malls, but when I heard the announcement -- they were playing it over loudspeakers to make sure everyone knows how second-class some citizens are -- I felt guilty about having spent money there. >_<  At a time when malls are struggling to survive, they sure are determined to shoot themselves in the head.  No wonder so many people are switching to electronic commerce.  *sigh*  I need to jot down some notes for how Terramagne handles this stuff.

The Mall as Agora in Terramagne-America

The history of malls really goes back to things like town squares and market days: a semi-enclosed area bounded by businesses and/or social buildings where people regularly gather. The Greeks called theirs the agora. In the modern era, someone thought to put a roof over the thing, making it pleasant regardless of the weather outdoors. For decades, this was a pretty fantastic idea.

In local-America, alas, the era of malls seems to be waning due to a variety of factors ranging from rich people sucking all the money out of the economy to mall owners making policies that drive away stores and customers. Manipulative leasing rules have gone from driving out unique and interesting proprietary shops, so that malls became almost entirely chain store enclaves, to driving away even the chain stores. :( In more and more malls, discriminatory rules now ban senior citizens and/or all minors unless accompanied by a parent. >_< Well obviously, those are the people with the most time and interest to spend in malls, so if you drive them out, you don't have much customer base left. And if you make the mall youth-hostile, people will not grow up hanging out in the mall, which means they won't think of it as a place to spend their money when they are adults with jobs. *kawhoosh* That's the sound of millions of dollars flushed down the economic stream to Amazon or iTunes.

So let's take a look at malls in Terramagne-America, which have expanded on the idea of the agora ...

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