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Unsold Poetry from the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.  Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on

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<p><i>The following poems from the&nbsp;October 2-3,&nbsp;2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.&nbsp;&nbsp;Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there&#39;s a permanent donation button on<span </span><a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/profile">my LiveJournal profile</a><span </span>page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a<span class="Apple-converted-space" </span><a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/730515.html">landing page</a><span </span>with full details about the project.

The linkback perk poem &quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2520905.html">To Attend a Ball</a>&quot; is now complete.&nbsp; <strike>You can now reveal verses by linking to this list of unsold poetry</strike></i>.


<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2591021.html" target="_blank">After the Departure</a>&quot;</strong> -- <strike>Available after &quot;Moulting&quot; is sponsored</strike> <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
The&nbsp;&quot;Fallen Angel&quot; picture inspired the poem &quot;After the Departure.&quot;&nbsp; It&#39;s a direct sequel to &quot;Moulting&quot; and shows other denizens of Hell responding to what happened.&nbsp; It is written in unrhymed quatrains.</p><p>
<b>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523091.html">Bleeding Light</a>&quot;</b> -- 76 lines, <strike>$38</strike> (Monster House) &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
Followup to the cloud battle is the free-verse poem &quot;Bleeding Light.&quot; &nbsp;This also pulls in some of the discussion from the previous poem, ideas about the relationship between the boy and his cloud. &nbsp;It&#39;s a different perspective, a different flavor of creepy.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522671.html">The Cybernetic Sorcerers</a>&quot;</strong> -- 25 lines <strike>$10</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
I used&nbsp;the prompt about mailer-daemons to create the free-verse poem &quot;The Cybernetic Sorcerers.&quot;&nbsp; The higher speed in computing really came from summoning infernal servants.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2574028.html">The Demon in the Bottle</a>&quot;</strong> -- 98 lines,<strike> 49</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOL </b>(One God&#39;s Story of Mid-Life Crisis)&nbsp;
The prompt about battling demons led to the free-verse poem &quot;The Demon in the Bottle.&quot;&nbsp; Shaeth discovers that separating Trobby from the influence of alcohol is not as simple a process as he thought it would be.&nbsp; And he wasn&#39;t expecting the demon at all.&nbsp; This is a darker, creepier poem than the earlier ones in this series.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2712782.html" target="_blank">The Demon in the Clockwork</a>&quot;</strong> -- 213 lines <strike>$106.50</strike> (P.I.E.) <span style="color:#008000;"><b> OLD</b></span>
This&nbsp;prompt became the title of a new P.I.E. poem &quot;The Demon in the Clockwork.&quot;&nbsp; This is a free-verse poem about a demon rebelling against time and order.&nbsp; Brenda is called to figure out what&#39;s wrong with the clock tower.&nbsp; An immaterial fight breaks out and complicated solutions ensue.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523644.html">Denial</a>&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines <strike>$15</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
I combined&nbsp;the prompt about emotional demons with <lj user="ellenmillion" />&#39;s &quot;Strange Portrait&quot; prompt and something that Aoifes_aisle said on Dreamwidth about psychological demons.&nbsp; The result is &quot;Denial,&quot; a poem about creating and banishing demons of the mind and heart.&nbsp; Creeeeepy.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522587.html">Deviltry on Steroids</a>&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines <strike>$15</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
Deals with Devil led to &quot;Deviltry on Steroids.&quot;&nbsp; Written in unrhymed tercets, this poem explains how athletes learned to abuse substances to enhance performance, with a little infernal assistance.

<strong>&quot;For Life&#39;s Sake&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines,&nbsp;$15&nbsp; (Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes)
Of course I couldn&#39;t resist pairing Maxwell&#39;s Demon with Schrodinger.&nbsp; &quot;For Life&#39;s Sake&quot; describes how they reduce entropy and prolong life by manipulating probability.&nbsp; You just never know when a cat sleeping in a sunbeam is secretly saving the world.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2619999.html">The Formless Ones</a>&quot;</strong> -- 235 lines, <strike>$117.50</strike> <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOL </b>(Path of the Paladins)&nbsp;
Nearly the whole nightmare-demon prompt went into the text of the free-verse poem &quot;The Formless Ones.&quot;&nbsp; Our paladins hunt nightmares in the space between dreams.&nbsp; The past is a thing with teeth and claws, but that doesn&#39;t mean you have to let it win.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2564484.html">The Four Maras</a>&quot;</strong> -- 85 lines, <strike>$42.50</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Kung Fu Robots)
From the Kung Fu Robots prompt came the free-verse poem &quot;The Four Maras.&quot;&nbsp; Beggar So explains to Caper that there are demons of wrongful thinking.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2527891.html">Hypercube Roots</a>&quot;</strong> -- 64 lines <strike>$32</strike>&nbsp; (Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes/Monster House)
The request for a Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes/Monster House crossover inspired the free-verse poem &quot;Hypercube Roots.&quot;&nbsp; Dopplegangers from a hell dimension are impersonating people, but most people aren&#39;t even noticing.&nbsp; What will it take to identify them and send them back?

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523179.html">Infernal Felines</a>&quot;</strong> -- 20 lines <strike>$10</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
A prompt from Anthony &amp; Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem &quot;Infernal Felines.&quot;&nbsp; All cats have a bit of the Devil in them, urging them to do nefarious things.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523718.html">Knocking On</a>&quot;</strong> --&nbsp;54 lines,&nbsp;$20 &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
&quot;Knocking On&quot; is very rude political humor of the anti-Republican flavor, written in free verse.&nbsp; My parents started it with a prompt for Romney/Ryan in a demon-themed fishbowl.&nbsp; Then I added a prompt from DW user Jjhunter about demonic proselytizers.&nbsp; I wrote it down, but I cannot make this shit up.&nbsp; Only the insult to their educational plan and general intelligence is really mine.&nbsp; Romney and Ryan get themselves into so much trouble for so little gain.

<strong>&quot;Marks of Devotion&quot;</strong> -- Not for sale yet.&nbsp; (Kande&#39;s Quest)
From the prompt about child demons came the free-verse poem &quot;Marks of Devotion.&quot;&nbsp; It features a baby-demon out of African folklore.&nbsp; It follows&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2383368.html">A Hole in the Blanket</a>&quot; but skips ahead in time, so it&#39;s not for sale yet.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2589350.html">Moulting</a>&quot;</strong> -- 188 lines, <strike>$94</strike>&nbsp <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
Your prompt about demonic unbecoming led to the poem &quot;Moulting.&quot;&nbsp; A devil inexplicably begins to sprout feathers, and tries to hide it, but winds up finding help in an unexpected place.&nbsp; This poem is written in unrhymed quatrains.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2634096.html" target="_blank">Not One Soul Be Lost</a>&quot;</strong> -- 52 lines <strike>$20</strike> &nbsp;<span style="color:#008000;"><b>SOLD</b></span>
While researching for another poem, I came across a description of Lucifer&#39;s rebellion, which reminded me of <lj user="haikujaguar" />&#39;s rendition of Lucifer, which matched very closely with the one I&#39;ve always had.&nbsp; Because what&#39;s the bigger sacrifice: putting up with humans being horrid for a small span of mortal life, or putting up with them <em>forever</em> &nbsp;so that they will, by Hell and not by Heaven, never be alone and have somewhere to go no matter what?&nbsp; The result is the free-verse poem &quot;Not One Soul Be Lost.&quot;

<b>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2525566.html">Promises to Keep</a>&quot;</b> -- 8 lines, <strike>$5</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
This is an indriso about global warming and sea monsters.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2524123.html">The Seven Fatal Malfunctions</a>&quot;</strong> -- 70 lines <strike>$70</strike>&nbsp; (The Steamsmith) &nbsp;<span style="color:#008000;"><b>SOLD</b></span>
The idea of demons in the Steamsmith setting led to the poem &quot;The Seven Fatal Malfunctions.&quot;&nbsp; It explores the seven deadly sins in free verse, with attention to how they cause problems in alchemy.&nbsp; So it&#39;s another example of philosophical demons -- but mixed with this science, they can have very physical effects.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522346.html">The Shadows in the Valley</a>&quot;</strong> -- 24 lines, <strike>$10</strike>&nbsp <span style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); "><b>SOLD</b></span>
From your prompt about the only way out came the free-verse poem &quot;The Shadows in the Valley.&quot;&nbsp; Demons pursue a soul on the way to judgement.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2589130.html">Wild Hearts Can&#39;t Be Spoken</a>&quot;</strong> -- 48 lines <strike>$20</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
I followed the idea of forbidden love to a circle of Hell where all is silent.&nbsp; No tears to cry, no voice to scream.&nbsp; And that&#39;s what it takes for some people to find each other.&nbsp; &quot;Wild Hearts Can&#39;t Be Spoken&quot; is written in free verse </p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/6866115.html">With Its Head Cut Off</a>&quot;</strong> -- 168 lines <strike>$8 </strike><b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Path of the Paladins)
I&#39;m happy to revisit Radd.&nbsp; I found him stumbling through a frozen forest with a severed head in his hands.&nbsp; And that&#39;s the good part of the tale.&nbsp; Yes, really.</p>

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From: siliconshaman Date: October 5th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so miffed that I missed the fishbowl this time...[otoh, it was a good book and I don't regret the day unplugged to read it.]
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 5th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

We missed you too. I'm glad you had fun reading. I got a lot of good poetry this time, though very little in the way of sponsorship yet.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 5th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

We missed you too. I'm glad you had fun reading. I got a lot of good poetry this time, though very little in the way of sponsorship yet. There were two new series that went from single poems to multiple this session.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: October 5th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 5th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your new verse.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: October 5th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the prompter's copies, all the three poems are lovely. :)

I'll be unable to sponsor until Wednesday or so, I'll PM you after that date if the fishbowl doesn't sell out in the meanwhile.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 5th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

>>Thanks for the prompter's copies, all the three poems are lovely.<<

I'm glad you like them.

>>I'll be unable to sponsor until Wednesday or so, I'll PM you after that date if the fishbowl doesn't sell out in the meanwhile.<<

Thanks for telling me. Chance of selling out is low this time; there are a LOT of epics. We might sell out of the shorter stuff; that happens sometimes. Currently all series are eligible for an epic to be opened, and a majority of the poems belong to a series, so there's likely to be something left from one of your favorites.

The preponderance of epics may not be great for immediate cashflow, but does help replenish my backstock of poetry for linkbacks, other free perks, and half-price sales.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: October 6th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I have signal boosted at LiveJournal, Dreamwidth and on my Facebook page.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 8th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your three verses.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: October 8th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I really want to read the rest of this. I'll have to try to recruit some new boosters :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 8th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

That would be greatly appreciated. There are currently 2 verses left to reveal.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: October 8th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I have signal boosted at http://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1467207.html and http://mdlbear.livejournal.com/1493450.html as well as buying "The Cybernetic Sorcerers", which sounds like it's right up my alley.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 8th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Your two verses have been posted; more commentary backchannel.
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