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Unsold Poems for the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Unsold Poems for the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.
There are still verses left in the linkback poems
"Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," and "Mysterious and Impermanent." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.


"Before They Are Easy"
A LiveJournal prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Before They Are Easy." In a nation that hates superpowers, sometimes magic slips by unnoticed.
88 lines, Buy It Now = $44

In Quanzhou there lives
a man who makes marionettes.

Yang Chonglin carves camphor and willow
into expressive faces and lithe bodies,
strings thread to make them move
.


"A Curve That Sets Everything Straight"
Your street magician prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Curve That Sets Everything Straight." Elonso has a miserable time in Italy, until he doesn't anymore.
190 lines, Buy It Now = $95

Elonso hated Italy.

He wanted to love it,
because it was beautiful,
but he hated it anyhow
.


"The Dragon and the Manticore"

Your Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Dragon and the Manticore." It's about the hidden beasts in town.
25 lines, Buy It Now = $10  SOLD

"That Iron String"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Iron String." It talks about how to escape gaslighting.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

Gaslighting is a form of
abuse as subtle as the gas
for which it has been named --
colorless, tasteless, and
volatile when ignited
.


"Words of the Elders"
Your Kande prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Words of the Elders." Kande searches for the door to the underworld, but she's going to need some help.
90 lines, Buy It Now = $45

Kande's little sister Panyin
tried to show her the place
where the white demons
had stolen their brother Atsú,
but the demons were clever
and had concealed the entrance
.


These two poems go together in sequence:

"Bitter Ice"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Bitter Ice." Some Kraken personnel make an amazing discovery in the Antarctic ice.
446 lines, Buy It Now = $223

Isolde O'Breen pushed her hood back and
let the Antarctic breeze ruffle her short red hair.

It was coming on toward summer, warming
as much as it ever did down here, and
the breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf
had left scattered pockets of ice from
different times all along the fringes
.


"Desperate Measures"
I finally managed to finish "Desperate Measures," the sequel to "Bitter Ice." This poem is written in free verse and features the crew waking up from suspended animation.
664 lines, Buy It Now = $332

Dr. Eabha Doran looked around the ward room,
where her team of nurses had diligently removed
as much of the equipment as possible to limit
the chance of overwhelming her patients.

Isolde O'Breen had pulled a total of
twenty-two sailors out of the ice
.

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