July 31st, 2018


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Ableism Edition." I'll be soliciting ideas for people with disabilities, friends, relatives, bullies, bigots, police, lawyers, clergy, superheroes, supervillains, minions, employers, employees, activists, other people who deal with ableism, acquiring a disability, living with disability, raising a disabled child, protesting, traveling, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, confronting bullies, poking a bigot in the eye, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, challenging discriminatory laws, inventing helpful devices, offices, streets, homes, playgrounds, classrooms, battlefields, courtrooms, churches or temples, stores, other places prone to disability conflicts, adaptive equipment, assistance animals, magical adaptations for disabilities, visible vs. invisible disabilities, prejudices, laws, bait and switch, unforseen circumstances, when the whole world changes out from under you, cape fights, boundary violations, unbelievably rude things people say or do, "nothing about us without us," random acts of kindness, public accommodations for disabilities, "universal design" isn't, theories of disability, and poetic forms in particular.

I have some series that feature disabled protagonists and/or other aspects of disability:
An Army of One -- a majority of characters are autistic, which some people consider a disability
Clay of Life -- Yossele the golem has prosthetic feet of inert iron attached to a body of living clay
Diminished Expectations -- a majority of the characters have severe physical disabilities
Frankenstein's Family -- Igor has a deformed back, Victor is trans and has dysmenorrhea, Adam has scars
Monster House -- the daughter is blind
The Moon Door -- a majority of characters have (or had) chronic pain and other disabilities
One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis -- a majority of characters have addiction issues
Path of the Paladins -- PTSD and communal trauma as far as the eye can see
P.I.E. -- Brenda uses a wheelchair
Tripping into the Future -- the second-person protagonist has PTSD and depression
Walking the Beat -- Dale walks with a cane; Kelly is Deaf

Polychrome Heroics features numerous disabilities.  Aquariana can't wear clothes or let her skin dry out.  Cassandra had her superpower crippled by clipping.  Cuoio has traumatic grief.  Dr. Infanta has PDSD and is stuck in a child's body.  Turq in Officer Pink has PDSD, scars, and superpower dysfunctions due to mad science torture.  Shiv has mental and physical scars from years of assorted abuse.  There are more outside those threads too, so browse around if you need inspiration.

I have a linkback poem, "Where Symbols Had the Power" (10 verses, standalone). 

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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Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 3, 2018

This month's theme was "Xenolinguistics and Lost Languages." I wrote from 12:45 PM to 6:15 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and 13 more later.

Participation was much higher than last month, with 20 comments on LiveJournal and another 83 on Dreamwidth. A total of 26 people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"A Certain Form of Humility"
"Different Than Yours"
"His Eyes Uncovered"
"The Limits of My World"
"The Power of Language"
"When You Strike and Overcome Him"

"Wings, Dragons" (A Conflagration of Dragons, May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback perk)
"Learning Together" (Polychrome Heroics: Mercedes, July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)

All poems sponsored from the July 3 fishbowl have been posted. Its sponsors include:
[personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] stardreamer, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Learning Together" is the free epic. It also made its $250 goal, so that's two tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.