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Unsold Poems from the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
SOLD OUT!  Thank you for your enthusiastic support.

The following poems from the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a landing page with full details about the project

"The Ceiling of Her Sky" -- 44 lines, $20 (Path of the Paladins)  SOLD
From the prompt about stars as gems, I wrote the free-verse poem "The Ceiling of Her Sky." It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins and features Shahana and Ari discussing cosmology and fallen stars. I've known for a while that this setting had a "solid" sky like that, and this seemed like a good opportunity to describe it.

"Crystal Clear and Otherwise" -- 26 lines, $15  SOLD
From the prompt about related vs. unrelated gems, I got the free-verse poem "Crystal Clear and Otherwise." It compares diamond and quartz, sapphire and ruby.

"Damascus Steel" -- 21 lines, $10  SOLD
The prompt "Damascus Steel" became the title of a free-verse poem about the features of this historic swordmaking technique.

"Feudal Chemistry" -- 11 lines, $10  SOLD
From the prompt about base metals I got the free-verse poem "Feudal Chemistry." It points out which metals do the real work in technology.

"The Girl Who Wanted Too Much" -- 70 lines, $35 (Torn World)  SOLD
Yes, time crystals count as gems!  I couldn't resist writing about their dangerous beauty.  The result is "The Girl Who Wanted Too Much," a Duurludirj poem about when the first barrier fell and united Stone Island with the majority of Tooth Island.  It's a cautionary tale about greed.

"Hearts of Stone" -- 40 lines, $15 (Schrodinger's Heroes)  SOLD
I like semi-precious stones carved into hearts, which is where the prompt about "heart-shaped stones" led me. The result is "Hearts of Stone," a free-verse poem about Ash and Alex visiting the Alpha Vector again. This time they discover the custom of giving stones to symbolize aspects of friendship. This poem belongs to the series Schrodinger's Heroes.

"A Jewel Beyond Price" -- 49 lines, $20  SOLD
Your prompt about the swordsmith and his daughter led to the free-verse poem "A Jewel Beyond Price." A rude rōnin demands a famous jewel to decorate his new sword.

"The Jewels That Fall from the Sky" -- 15 lines, $10  SOLD
I've seen extraterrestrial peridot, though it was sadly outside my price range. From this I got the free-verse poem "The Jewels That Fall from the Sky," comparing the versions from earth and sky.

"The Matchsmith's Challenge" -- 18 lines, $10  SOLD
From the jeweler prompt I got the free-verse poem "The Matchsmith's Challenge." It describes the finicky tastes of gems in relation to metal settings -- and one example of a metal set within a mineral.

"The Myth of Amethystos" -- 20 lines, $10  SOLD
The prompt about amethyst inspired the free-verse poem "The Myth of Amethystos." A young woman turns to stone to escape a lustful god.

"Nuclear Empowerment" -- 7 lines, $5  SOLD
From the prompt about atomic batteries came the free-verse poem "Nuclear Empowerment." It describes tiny, beneficial applications of nuclear energy.

"Of Pearls and Nonpearls" -- 15 lines, $10  SOLD
The prompt about irritants reminded me of the Láadan word for nonpearl. This led to the free-verse poem "Of Pearls and Nonpearls," about how things turn out differently depending on the type of attention paid to them.

"Stones, Like Souls" -- 25 lines, $10  SOLD
While searching for references about the symbolism of stones, I stumbled across an article about the Jewish custom of leaving pebbles -- instead of flowers -- on graves. So I wrote the poem "Stones, Like Souls," about the meaning of these grave gifts.

"Swords of a Singular Age" -- 34 lines, $15  SOLD
The prompt about quenching in blood inspired the free-verse poem "Swords of a Singular Age." This is very dark fantasy about how different types of blood can affect a sword's temper and how that eventually went terribly, horribly wrong.

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meeksp From: meeksp Date: June 7th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ack! I missed linking to this yesterday >.<
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 7th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)


Just link to the unsold poetry page now. I need to get the linkback poem reposted -- I think it still has a couple verses to reveal, so if you link you'll get one.
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