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Unsold Poems from the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Unsold Poems from the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
This fishbowl is SOLD OUT.  Thank your for your support!

The following poems from the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.  Poems 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

"Chromatic Shrift" -- 66 lines, $33 (Schrodinger's Heroes)  SOLD
The prompt about African and Aztec world powers meshed neatly with an established vector from Schrodinger's Heroes. "Chromatic Shrift" is a free-verse poem about an invasion of slave raiders from another dimension, and the unlikely allies found to help repel them. Very dark, creepy stuff.

"Di Yus of Im Tel" -- 40 lines, $15  SOLD
Of course I had to take the prompt about Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and I posited a very different life with her growing up on her family's holdings in Jamaica. The free-verse poem "Di Yus of Im Tel" (that's part of a Creole saying) deals with her awareness of different facets of Jamaican culture.

"The Divided States of America" -- 36 lines, $15  SOLD
From the lengthy description of American fragmentation came the free-verse poem "The Divided States of America." It's a long description of wars and secessions, with an unexpected winner at the end.

"A Harmony of Hominids" -- 47 lines, $20  SOLD
For hominid cooperation, I wrote the free-verse poem "A Harmony of Hominids." It's kind of a love poem about how two species fit together with their complementary traits.

"Listening to God" -- 94 lines, $94  SOLD The Arc of Joan)
Your prompt about a different branch of religion gaining precedence meshed nicely with something from nether-Earth, not in the Steamsmith series but something earlier. I want to cover how the Church of England became more influential than the Holy Roman Church, and that really starts with Jeanne d'Arc and the British victory over France -- which is also a story I'd like to tell.

So "Listening to God" is a free-verse poem about Jeanne meeting three saints in a lonely field, and what she thinks about the weird things they have to say. Being yourself in a world where that threatens your life can be very scary. Because nether-Earth poetry takes more time to write, this is priced at $1/line.

"Manifest Diversity" -- 34 lines, $15  SOLD
Given a history without large nations, I went with "Manifest Diversity." This free-verse poem explores how things would develop without the meme of expansionism, creating a whole different social structure.

"Matters of Business" -- 22 lines, = $10  SOLD
From the prompt about Puritans in Australia, I got the poem "Matters of Business." It's written in unrhymed tercets, and it explores what might happen if people discovered a surprisingly good cultural match in the gendered division of labor.

"The Migration at Wounded Knee" -- 76 lines, $38  SOLD
From your prompt about Wounded Knee I got the free-verse poem "The Migration at Wounded Knee." A little history, a little shamanic quantum physics, and an outcome that nobody had really thought through.

"One Man's Renaissance" -- To be released after "An Amazing Carriage of Amber and Jade" is complete SOLD The Steamsmith)
I took Leonardo da Vinci into the Steamsmith setting, which runs to earlier inventions than our timeline. Maryam Smith muses over some of his accomplishments and compares them to her own progress. "One Man's Renaissance" is free verse.

"Port Kennedy" -- 20 lines, $10  SOLD
From the space race prompt I got the poem "Port Kennedy." It's written in unrhymed quatrains. President Kennedy avoids the assassination attempt and guides the space program to greater achievements.

"Slow and Steady" -- 42 lines, $20SOLD
From the prompt about the Challenger, I got the poem "Slow and Steady." It's written in unrhymed sestets. The premise is that humanity cooperated on space exploration instead of turning it into a race.

"the war engine" -- 24 lines, $10 (Lacquerware)  SOLD
The prompt about the lacquerware military computer got me thinking about my_partner_doug's love of wargames and how playing a scenario can teach better stragegy. The result is "the war engine," which is written in haiku verses. It shows the effect of a military computer on the dawn of the Edo period.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: July 6th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I signal boosted here http://rix-scaedu.livejournal.com/88334.html and it went through to Twitter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your 2 verses in "The Charlady's Tale." Only one verse left!
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