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Based on an audience poll, these are the themes for the upcoming Poetry Fishbowls:

August 6: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

September 3: Craftership

October 1: Genderbending Fairy Tales

November 5: Language Is Fun

December 3: Making It from Scratch

January 7, 2020: Short Forms  

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I'll be soliciting ideas for end users, new users, geeks, mechanics, designated users, inventors, Super-Gizmologists, living ships, futuristic soldiers, shysters, minions and masters/mistresses, apprentices, explorers, other people who use (or try to use, or purport to use) advanced technology, inventing tools, exploring new discoveries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, frob twiddle and tweak, bending the laws of physics, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, laboratories, factories, courtrooms, military bases, battlefields, supervillain lairs, police stations, public institutions, alien planets, alternate dimensions, cyberspace, other places where technology advances, gizmos, super-gizmos, ansibles, sufficiently advanced artifactsother exotic devices, exotic materials (such as phlebotinum and unobtanium), quantum mechanics, mysterious archaeological artifacts, magical artifacts, instruction manuals (or lack thereof), user agreements, sorcery using the idiom of science, apprenticeship, fraud, free will, personal growth, determination, imprint vulnerability, failure, success, rites of passage, levels of civilization, and poetic forms in particular.

I'm also allowing the inverse: "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."  Some nations in The Ocracies, like the Plutocracy of Aurea, have built much of their civilization on this.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

Frankenstein's Family involves early-idiom science that can do some things modern-science can't.

The Godship Wanderers features a living ship and a variety of alien technology unfamliar to the characters.

Laquerware is Edopunk about technology built in layers.

P.I.E. is urban fantasy where magic and technology sometimes mix.

Polychrome Heroics has a great deal of gizmology and super-gizmology, along with some people whose superpowers blend magic and science.

The Steamsmith features alchemy instead of the science that underlies our world, which looks magical but follows the principles of scientific method.

The Blueshift Troupers is far-future SF featuring some alien technology, including hiveships and jumpgates, that nobody really knows how it works.

Schrodinger's Heroes is quantum science fiction about saving the world from alternate dimensions.  What Alex does with the laws of physics can look like magic to anyone else.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem "Respecting Fire" (8 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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 And that's in an official lab, not even mad science.

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The following poems from the July 7, 2019 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 "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," "Gökotta," "May Everything," and "Sobremesa."

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Today was mild and mostly sunny.

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I pulled weeds from the septic garden.

Round Two, I pulled weeds from the wildflower garden.

Round Three, I sprayed weedkiller on poison ivy in the prairie garden.

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This poem came out of the July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "grilling" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lilliane.

"Respecting Fire"

Any element can be dangerous,
but respecting fire, it is the most fickle.

That makes respecting fire
essential to safety.

Every culture has
rules about how
to handle fire.

Don't burn trash,
don't stomp out a fire,
don't pour water on it.

When grilling food,
don't squirt lighter fluid
over hot charcoal, and
don't try to grab food
that falls into the fire.

Most especially,
don't play with fire:
you will get burned.

Only if you show respect
will you be safe --

if it's in a good mood.

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Our theme this session was "anything goes." I wrote from 12 PM to 6 AM, so about 14 hours accounting for breaks. I wrote 5 poems on Tuesday and another 15 later on.

Participation was enthusiastic, with 18 comments on LiveJournal and another 90 on Dreamwidth. There were 3 new prompters, so I'll need to post a freebie. You have [personal profile] lilliane and two Anonymous prompters to thank for that.

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The following poems from the July 16, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"A Brief History of Flight"
"Even If We Have to Dig a Little"
"Like Distant Thunder"
"Suitable Accommodations"
"The Things Heroes Say"

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If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from July 16. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All poems sponsored in this fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There are now 0 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.

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