There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox" (now complete), "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," and "The Emulsification of Humankind." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.
"The Bamboo That Bends"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Bamboo That Bends." Turq and Dao talk about family and death with Ansel.
149 lines, Buy It Now = $75
One day Dao Liáng showed up
with a folder of things for Turq.
"We were cleaning house today
and turned up some old family photos,"
Dao said. "I thought you might like copies."
"By Right of Passage"
Your unexpected prompt inspired the free-verse poem "By Right of Passage." Bexley argues that she qualifies as an adult because she made her own way to the Lacuna.
160 lines, Buy It Now = $80
"I'm not going to school,"
Bexley declared. "I hate it,
I don't learn well in it, and
I'm not going to waste my time
dawdling around with children."
I used a prompt and several other prayers, spliced together, to create the free-verse poem "Common Passages." Because everyone talks about death in similar terms.
21 lines, Buy It Now = $10
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
Lb_lee sent me some image prompts earlier. I crammed all of those murals into "Mysterious and Impermanent." Dale and Kelly love how the street art reflects the culture of Jamaica Plain, including its response to refugees and immigrants.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20
"The Retraction Factor"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Retraction Factor." When a birth announcement and christening have gone awry, the only thing to do is correct them.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15
"Sheltered and True"
A DW prompt about the Iron Horses inspired the free-verse poem "Sheltered and True." Kenzie is getting restless, Ida helps him find something safe to do, and they talk about culture.
532 lines, Buy It Now = $266
Available for publishing after "Two Foxes," "Come Closer in Kinship," and "Come Out of the Darkness" have been sponsored and published
The fourth day after Kenzie's rescue
found him restless and anxious.
His bruises ached and his scars itched,
but he didn't want to take any more pills
and he found it difficult to meditate.
"The Windows of Your Home"
A backchannel image prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Windows of Your Home." A young mother struggles to deal with her son's superpowers, and Fireheart lends a hand.
68 lines, Buy It Now = $34
Eiléan Allery wrapped her shawl
around her shoulders and went outside,
wading through the ankle-deep snow.
Her son Kanosak was not in his bed,
so there was only one place he could be.