January 26th, 2021


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 2

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Cultural Differences."  I'll be soliciting ideas for fish out of water, anthropologists, time travelers, families, polycules, housemates, roommates, nomads, loners, humans adopted by animals, animals that sometimes adopt humans, alien or fantasy species with exotic cultures, superheroes, supervillains, social engineers, urban planners, failure analysts, ethicists, activists, diverse teams, rebels, wild young things, other people who cross cultures, traveling, moving out, moving in, living together, picking fights, making friends, solving disputes, troubleshooting, improvising, adapting, social engineering, making changes, cooperating, bartering, speaking, listening, taking over in an emergency, discovering yourself, studying others, testing boundaries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, sharing, fixing what's broke, upsetting the status quo, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, returning home, schools, Triton Teen Centers, libraries, mediation centers, foreign countries, traditional ethnic structures, alternative building styles, sharehouses, boarding houses, multigenerational homes, apartments and complexes, intentional communities, cohousing, caravans, tent cities, homeless shelters, nonhuman accommodations and adaptations, wilderness, rural areas, supervillain lairs, living ships or other residences, fantasy worlds, alien planets, fantasy or alien housing styles, other unfamiliar locations, culture gapculture shock, kinesics and proxemicsfuture shock, forgeign languages, language shockemergency language issues, house rules, negotiation, mediation, cooperation, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, truces in improbable contexts, unexpected bonds, symbiosis, polyamory, sedoretu, innovation, problems that can't be solved by hitting, teamwork, found family, intentional neighboring, complementary strengths and weaknesses, independence, interdependencevalues conflict, moral injury, personal growth, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

An Army of One includes mostly neurodiverse and some neurotypical characters.

Beneath the Family Tree is a community of three different hominid species.

The Blueshift Troupers is all about crossing cultures.

A Conflagration of Dragons has the Six Races plus the dragons, which means lots of awkward cultural interactions and a few strong alliances.

Feathered Nests has the alien Fifers whose polyamorous arrangements are spilling over to humans.

Fledgling Grace involves the appearance of wings that can reveal hidden aspects, causing cultural friction.

Frankenstein's Family includes humans, werewolves, vampires, a mummy, and two doctors in all sorts of arrangements.

The Godship Wanderers has a living ship with alien and human residents.

Hart's Farm is a free-love community amidst a more conservative culture.

Monster House has human inhabitants plus a bunch of different monsters.

Not Quite Kansas has humans and demons living together in unexpected ways.

The Ocracies features all different government systems.

Polychrome Heroics has ordinary humans, supernaries, blue-plate specials, superheroes, supervillains, primal and animals soups trying to live as best they can.  The cross-cape cultural differences can get dramatic.  Most of the named threads suit this theme.

Schrodinger's Heroes includes characters from many different backgrounds trying to work together.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "A Sense of Weather Changes" (9 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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Cookie Monster Agate

This is so awesome.  :D

In a way, it reminds me of millefiori / murrine because the image is built with layers that are then cut through to reveal it.  I know that we have lab-created gemstones.  This makes me wonder if anyone is doing lab-created agates or other geodes to create a different type of murrine.  If not, it would be a cool project and a new type of art.