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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "conflict resolution."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "The Flight from Jehuti" (A Conflagration of Dragons, 17 verses available).

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "conflict resolution." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "The Flight from Jehuti" belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons and has 17 verses available.

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you get a half-price sale for one week in one series.  Everyone will get to vote on which series to feature in the sale, out of those with extra poems available.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "conflict resolution."  I'll be soliciting ideas for mediators, diplomats, peacemakers, warmongers, bullies, debators, talking it over, working it out, walking away, burying the hatchet, kissing and making up, make-up sex, specific techniques of conflict resolution, meeting rooms, support circles, safe spaces, sanctuaries, artifacts of peacemaking, war monuments, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, compromises, reparations, treaties, armistices, empty victories, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Flight from Jehuti.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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28 comments or Leave a comment
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: September 3rd, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Conflict resolution that may not be: mandatory arbitration.

Is Shaeth's current home enough like a temple to count as a sanctuary?

Do any more of Aldornia's or Zenobia's family members ever make positive contact with them?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


From your prompt about sanctuary, I got the free-verse poem "The Negotiation of Refuge." Shaeth and the town guards have an agreement about the handling of drunks.

62 lines, Buy It Now = $31
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)


Based on your arbitration prompt, "Thumbing the Scales" is today's freebie.
From: technoshaman Date: September 3rd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes conflicts don't resolve neatly or quickly.

On a related note, more in the "Conquests and Competitions" thread?

Hmm. I know. We've seen Don Candido and Fiorenza work *together*... can we have'em square off?

Oooh. The Lacuna create a war monument.

Now that Damask all know each other.... time to have an "Okay, where do we go from here?" chat? maybe this doesn't go so well at first...

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


The next installment in the competition is "Turning the Crank," in which Maryam Smith and George Cavendish hit some snags in their efforts to miniaturize phos lanterns.

131 lines, Buy It Now = $131
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


From your prompt about Damask, I got the free-verse poem "Needled." It's their first big internal conflict with all of them knowing about each other, trying to cope with college life and headmates and not really having all the communication skills they need yet. Poor Keane, he's the system scapegoat and they have no idea how much they need him.

194 lines, Buy It Now = $97
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 6th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


The prompt about squaring off inspired the free-verse poem "Their Blood Is Upon Them." Sometimes moralizing too much can seriously get someone hurt.

268 lines, Buy It Now = $134
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 7th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)


The Lacuna prompt led to the free-verse poem "Memento Mori." Some war monuments are works of art. Others really are not, and this is one of those.

49 lines, Buy It Now = $20
From: technoshaman Date: September 7th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

*nods* it is important for what it is *not*.

A yuppie food coupon doesn't even bear thinking about, especially with work that hits home like that. Stand by to set that one free.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 7th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

Thank you! I'm glad you found this so moving.
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: September 3rd, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love something in your Walking the Beat series.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 3rd, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


I put this together with a prompt from Rainflowermoon. It's about Dale trying to find just the right cane.

158 lines, Buy It Now = $79
From: siliconshaman Date: September 3rd, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are well documented rules for conflict resolution, but what if they don't work... what creative ways of settling disputes might be employed? [which would fit well with the folks in the Lacuna maybe].

Furries as diplomats to an alien race!

What if one could create a portal to an empty parallel earth, and set that up as sanctuary for all the endangered wildlife, all the weird, deviant people and oppressed minorities.

What does a warmonger who's conquered the world do next, except make peace... but if all you know is war, then how?

How do gods settle arguments between each other?

Edited at 2013-09-03 08:48 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)


Your prompt about furries inspired the free-verse poem "The Lost Souls." Humans and aliens must work together to solve the problem of misplaced spirits, and of course some people just can't seem to get on the same page ...

142 lines, Buy It Now = $71
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)


From your prompt about creative solutions I got the free-verse poem "The Gingerbread Protocol." Sometimes enlightenment happens whether you want it or not.

94 lines, Buy It Now = $47
siege From: siege Date: September 3rd, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Hart's Farm children fight over something. How does that get settled?

Regarding the previous post on Big Bird as shaman, what about magical children of various kinds dealing with adults who don't want them to talk about their experiences and abilities?

Schroedinger's Heroes is all about conflict resolution, isn't it? Who hasn't had a problem that the team needed to resolve? Why?

Aliens ask humans to help them fix a problem.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)


For aliens requesting help, see above "The Lost Souls."
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: September 3rd, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Conflict avoidance fueling the need for conflict resolution.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 5th, 2013 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)


Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Making Waves." Madhusudana are coastal people who tend to avoid conflict. Imran are assertive desert-dwellers. After the cliff city of Shaunaka is destroyed, some of the refugees flee to the desert. It's hard for people to learn how to get along with each other.

168 lines, Buy It Now = $84
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: September 4th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Monster House -- territorial conflict with a new housemate or neighbor. Or sibling rivalry.

Fiorenza needs to work with another wise woman, but they have very different ways they want to address the problem at hand.

Nib and Brod meet up with Taro and Hicket again.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)


Your Monster House prompt led to the free-verse poem "Sharp Notes." Having a housemate sleep in the living room is awkward.

35 lines, Buy It Now = $15
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: September 4th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

If the prompts are still open:

Current Middle East conflict, as would happen (or not happen) in Silk Road Allies
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)


From this I got "Peacebrokering" which is posted as today's second freebie.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: September 4th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
We could used a good example of how consensus works for the snow-unicorn riders.

Creative use of intimidation to avoid a violent confrontation.

Can the Monster House denizens use their scariness to find harmony in the neighborhood?

I'd also love to read a Hart's Farm poem about resolving conflict.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)


I combined several prompts including yours about Hart's Farm to get the free-verse poem "The Needs of the Many, the Flesh of the One." When Ragi gets involved with someone who treats him roughly, Vendel intervenes, and just tangles things up worse.

196 lines, Buy It Now = $98
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: September 4th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, fair enough. But what happens when that means that the needs of the one never get met and that one doesn't wish to be in conflict with the many?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)


This is also covered in "The Needs of the Many, the Flesh of the One" thumbnailed above, which is why Ragi is mostly a hermit.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2013 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

That's all for now.
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