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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank your for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this space as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "hearth and home."  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 "Growing Green, Growing Gold" (9 verses, standalone).


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 "hearth and home." 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.  "Growing Green, Growing Gold" has 9 verses and stands alone. 


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, there will be a piece of bonus material.


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 "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, caregiving, kinmaking, building a support network,  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, intentional neighboring, 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. 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 New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco 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 "Growing Green, Growing Gold."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 5th, 2017 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "Like a Sleeping Dragon." A fireplace is all about heat.

Hold for original prompters.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 5th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette inspired the acrostic poem "CONTENTMENT." It's all about settling down at the end of the day.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 5th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your prompt about domestic felines inspired the free-verse poem "Not a Tame ..." Mrrhow the Mercurial contemplates civilization.

62 lines, Buy It Now = $31
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 5th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your cooking prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Sweetest of Plums." While baking a cake for someone else's wedding, Fiorenza dreams of her own.

48 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 5th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Helping Hand of a Neighbor." A refugee struggles to make a new home in Bluehill.

115 lines, Buy It Now = $58
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A zero-G prompt inspired the free-verse poem "In the Orbit of Your Destiny." Faced with disabilities that hinder movement in gravity, people in the Lacuna sensibly set up a habitat without gravity.

58 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A couple of DW prompts inspired the acrostic poem "HESTIA." It tells of the Hearth Goddess.

6 lines, Buy It Now = $5
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2017 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Several prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "What Keeps Us Happy." Kenzie gets to meet a bunch more people on the reservation, and everyone brings goodies.

293 lines, Buy It Now = $147
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2017 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

I haven't finished all the prompters, but I'm getting tired. More tomorrow.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2017 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your prompt about Turq inspired the free-verse poem "Light Your Fire First." Ansel takes steps to make sure that Turq can stay warm in winter.

212 lines, Buy It Now = $106
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2017 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Superproofing." Several young people explore ways to make their home safer while they learn how to use their new abilities.

84 lines, Buy It Now = $42
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 8th, 2017 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Windswept." Calliope and Vagary help clean up Stillwater after the big thunderstorm. It takes them a little while to realize that they can do something more useful than run chainsaws.

614 lines, Buy It Now = $307
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 9th, 2017 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Most Room in Your Heart." Mallory struggles to adapt to life with a baby and what that does to some of her boundaries.

146 lines, Buy It Now = $73
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 10th, 2017 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "An Air of Reflection." After the berettafly incident, several veterans from Easy City visit the Dumont Veterans Retreat in the countryside.

Hold for original prompters.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2017 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Dialecticdreamer inspired the free-verse poem "How Much Patience You Have." Shiv has to decide whether he's up to hosting an extra guest or two for Heron's next visit.

303 lines, Buy It Now = $152
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2017 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Some DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Homemade Families." Several young adults, recently aged out of the foster system, come together in a class on family skills.

689 lines, Buy It Now = $345
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2017 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A craft prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Return Pass." Shiv rambles around Omaha and explores more of crochet.

232 lines, Buy It Now = $116
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