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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 5 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 5
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Hearth and Home." I'll be soliciting ideas for homemakers, couples or moresomes, odd couples, zucchini, construction workers, chimney sweeps, hosts and guests, people who work from home, outcasts, the homeless, beat partners, other work relationships, building houses, installing woodstoves or fireplaces, setting up fire circles or other outdoor hearths, building fires, cooking, crafting, grandmothering, creating your own job, facing thresholds, belonging, learning what you can do, discovering new relationships, learning what 'normal' is, woodstoves, fireplaces, fire circles, summer kitchens, outdoor brick ovens/grills, other places where fires are built, housing design, houses, apartments, vardos and other traveling residences, other types of home, neighborhoods, lairs, alien residences, fireplace tools, firewood or other fuels, household supplies, work ethic, housework, equality and inequality, emotional labor at home and at work, self-discovery, self-awareness, erasure, alienation, rejection, personal space, privacy, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Growing Green, Growing Gold" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 


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.

I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, December 5. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, plots, settings, objects, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair.


Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.

If donations total $100 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, there will be a piece of bonus material in one series. 

I want to promote linkbacks pointing people to the "Fishbowl Open" post on Tuesday. I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of "Growing Green, Growing Gold" (standalone).  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.

(See the complete list of current perks.)


If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in cozy fires and home life -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!

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