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Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 1, 2012

The May theme was "anti-heroes and anti-villains."  Prompts were a slow trickle through most of the day, which was fine, because I was writing slowly as well.  A total of 15 people sent prompts.  There were 35 comments on LJ and 4 on DW, counting mine.  I worked from 12:15 PM to 3:45 AM, so about 13 hours 30 minutes, accounting for lunch and supper breaks.  Then I spent some more time writing spillover poems on subsequent days.

I wrote 13 poems on Tuesday and another 4 later.  The poems were mostly epics with a handful of shorter ones.  Most were free verse, with one done in unrhymed triplets, two in unrhymed quatrains, and a villanelle.  One-prompt poems predominated.

Two new series were launched.  The Asgard Eddas includes "Within the Wolf's Jaws" from this month and "The Forging of Brisingamen" ($48) from the February 19, 2008 fishbowl.  This series comes from my main science fiction setting and has a Norse flavor.  One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis began this month with "Good Help Is Hard To Find."  Comments on that poem inspired three more poems.  "Dead Soldiers on Parade" ($48.50) is available in the second general poll.  It relates Shaeth's attempts to keep Trobby from getting too drunk too often.  "Manning the Handbasket" ($20) shows Hevarre, God of Good, coming to Shaeth about the problem of finding a new God of Evil.  "Blood Will Tell" ($20) introduces a prophecy about the successor.  Finally, the series title is courtesy of minor_architect.  I couldn't resist.  I've added these three to the unsold poetry list.

There were three new prompters, woohoo!  fatfred, kitrona, and DW user avia have activated the second freebie poem.  Special thanks to minor_architect for managing the linkback poem "Signs Along the Way."  (That still has 4 verses outstanding.  You can reveal those by linking to the unsold poetry list or a specific poem that you like.)  Special thanks to my_partner_doug for managing the ticker.

Donations started out slow but ended well.  We met the $200 goal for a free epic, and the poll settled on "Crossing the Line."  The first general poll funded "A Catalog of Flaws" and the second one is still going.  The $250 goal for an extra fishbowl session was met, which puts the tally at 2 out of 3.  The $300 goal for a half-price poetry sale was met, and an audience poll selected Path of the Paladins. running May 14-20.

Read some poetry!
The following poems from the May 1, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Balancing In Action" (Sort Of Heroes)
"The Craftsman's Cause"
"The Fading Tower" (Sort Of Heroes)
"Fishhooks and Memories" (Torn World)
"A Few Words About Loki"
"A Fork in the Road"
"Fucking for Virginity"
"Good Help Is Hard To Find" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
"The Hero's Hidden Face" (Sherlock Holmes)
"Tough Love"
"What Evil Must Be Done"

"A Catalog of Flaws" (Sort Of Heroes, from March 6, 2012)
"Crossing the Line" (Gloryroad Crossing, from March 6, 2012)
"Signs Along the Way" (Sort Of Heroes, from August 3, 2011 fishbowl continuation)

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from May 1, 2012.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. 

All of the sponsored poems have been posted.  I've sent backchannel copies to the respective prompters.  The donor perk-post this month is "Sympathetic vs. Unsympathetic Characters."

The May donors include: Stephen Laird, the_vulture, marina_bonomi, janetmiles, laffingkat, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  Thanks to everyone for the continuing support and enthusiasm.

For complete details on this project, see the Poetry Fishbowl Landing Page.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poetry, reading, writing

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