Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Unsold Poems from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 7, 2015 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 verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.

"Awakening the Sleepers"
Several DW prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Awakening the Sleepers." It speaks of how languages fade, and sometimes return.
48 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"A Gentle Fall of Rain"
A backchannel prompt inspired the poem "A Gentle Fall of Rain" about how verbal self-defense works. It is written in alternating stanzas of three and two lines.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Heard for Himself"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Heard for Himself." Menachem the blacksmith and Yossele the golem meet with two other Jews, who speak different everyday languages but are able to converse in Hebrew.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102

Yossele the golem and
Menachem the blacksmith
traveled together, and on Fridays
they always stopped early so they
could prepare for Shabbat

"Impossible Wings"
Over on DW, a Fledgling Grace prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Impossible Wings." It went a little aside from what you suggested, but it does feature both Sudan and the mousebird, and something else quite new.
64 lines, Buy It Now = $32

In Africa, the grass follows the rain,
the cows follow the grass, and
the people follow the cows.

At the border, a Sudanese guard
eyes the couple approaching

"The Language of Resistance"
A DW prompt about the Godship Wanderers inspired the free-verse poem "The Language of Resistance." Two groups of escaped slaves meet in space for trade and socializing, helping each other along the way.
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89

Netta and Chung-Cha worked together
to help people communicate, splicing
the language of resistance from bits of
English and Yiddish and German
and all the rest spoken by those
who had until recently been slaves

"Three Times"
From this I got the poem "Three Times," written in unrhymed couplets. All I had to do was put a beginning and an end around the middle! Because of course there are a few more necessary players. :D
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
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