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Unsold Poems from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the May 6, 2014 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.

There are still some verses left in the linkback poem, "A Strange and Gentle Contagion." Link to this list to reveal new ones.

"Dangerous Knowledge" -- 39 lines, $15 (Monster House)
A request for Monster House inspired the free-verse poem "Dangerous Knowledge." The daughter of the house loves science and magic equally, so she gets to explore them both.

"Dreams of Glass and Magic" -- 53 lines, $20 SOLD
Some inspired the poem "Dreams of Glass and Magic." It's about a fantasy setting where magic works like computer code. The wizards are like programmers, everyone else like end users. Magic itself is imperceptible in the material world and only its effects can be seen. There can be different ways to do things, and it depends on knowing how both magic and science work.

"An Equation for Conscience" -- 168 lines, $84 (Polychrome Heroics) SOLD
From this I got the free-verse poem "An Equation for Conscience." Damask discovers an incident at the chemistry building, but it turns out to be a totally different kind of problem than expected.


Dark comes early in winter,
throwing blue shadows over white snow
even though it's barely into evening.

Campus gleams with golden lights
in the windows of the buildings,
everyone busy after winter break.

I make my patrol slowly and carefully,
alert for trouble, my mask and costume
tucked in my backpack in case
something goes wrong and I need them

"Kitchen Equations" -- 25 lines, $10 SOLD
An everyday math prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Kitchen Equations." It talks about the hidden math in food.

"Lines of Math and Verse" -- 23 lines, $10
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Lines of Math and Verse." It explores the meeting point between math and poetry.

"Math by Hand" -- 30 lines, $15
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Math by Hand." It explores the way math expands across all the senses into things which can be felt, heard, smelled, or tasted instead of seen.

"The Matilda Effect" -- 37 lines, $15 SOLD
A Dreamwidth prompt about forgotten scientists inspired the free-verse poem "The Matilda Effect," describing how women's discoveries are falsely attributed to men.

"A Nose for Trouble" -- 45 lines, $20 SOLD
Shirley Barrette left a backchannel prompt which inspired the free-verse poem "A Nose for Trouble," about the great astronmer Tycho Brahe.

"Of Alchemy and Quantum Physics" -- 41 lines, $20 SOLD
Newton led me to the free-verse poem "Of Alchemy and Quantum Physics," in which Schrodinger's Heroes find a tangle in the spacetime continuum.

"Purity and Madness" -- 82 lines, $82 (The Steamsmith)   SOLD
The pure math prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Purity and Madness." Mad scientists are a problem in nether-Europe. Maryam thinks of a way to minimize their damage potential by directing them into a less destructive field of study.

There are always mad scientists,
and they are always a problem.

Maryam knows this
from following the news:
the German Empire
and Austria-Hungary
are prickly places
full of alchemists who are
more concerned with asking
"Can I?" than "Should I?"

"Room at the Bottom" -- 28 lines, $15 SOLD
A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette led to the free-verse poem "Room at the Bottom." It details the accomplishments of Richard Feynman.

"Women's Inventions" -- 36 lines, $15
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Women's Inventions." Much that is concerned with home life would have been up to women to develop.

"Zero Influence" -- 30 lines, $15
A Dreamwidth prompt about zero inspired the free-verse poem "Zero Influence," describing the history and evolution of this number.

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Open Epics

The following epic poems are open for microfunding as of 5/8/14. Since there are three, I'd rather not open a new one at this time.

"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.

"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.

"Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask goes to a SPOON base for learning about superpowers.

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ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: May 8th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Linking back

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 8th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Linking back

Thank you! That's a lovely recommendation. I have posted your new verse.
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