This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Xenolinguistics and Lost Languages."
I'll be soliciting ideas for linguists, polyglots, translators, adventurers, archaeologists, anthropologists, sailors, police, firefighters, clergy, superheroes, aliens, uncontacted tribes, minorities, conlang mavens, other people who deal with exotic languages, translating, listening, reading, speaking, writing, constructing languages, reviving lost languages, following other languages into dark alleys and rifling their pockets for loose grammar, traveling, learning a new language, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, confronting deception, asking questions, exploring new techniques, classrooms, libraries, archaeological digs, remote villages, exoplanets, outerspace, ships, the glory road, offices, churches or temples, magical laboratories, trading posts, other places of unusual linguistic activity, dead/dormant languages, rare/dying languages, heritage languages, constructed languages, alien/fantasy languages, linguistic genocide, language nests, heritage-language newspapers, untranslated/untranslatable documents or concepts, isolate languages, first contact, unforseen circumstances, when the whole world changes out from under you, cape fights, alien invasions, rare phonemes, atypical grammar, English is as pure as a cribhouse whore, and poetic forms in particular.
Some of my series play into this. Frankenstein's Family
has the werewolves speaking Dacian. Polychrome Heroics
has Dr. Infanta speaking Basque, Aidan speaking a version of Proto-Indo-European, Pips (secretly) and Walden (openly) speaking Pictish, lots of people speaking Native American heritage languages, and Roger the Pirate speaking who knows what else. The Blueshift Troupers
have a different derivative of Proto-Indo-European.
I have a linkback poem, "Wings, Dragons" (16 verses, A Conflagration of Dragons).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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