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Unsold Poems from the February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the February 6, 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," "Mysterious and Impermanent," and "The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.


"The Gossamer Threads of Trust"
A quiet outing for Pips and Joshua gives them a chance to deepen their relationship and talk about the challenges of running a suddenly expanded household. Then one of the town bullies assaults Pips, and Joshua deals with the aftermath. This is hardcore hurt/comfort with a focus on competence, loyalty, and trust.
681 lines, Buy It Now = $341

Joshua and Pips strolled along
the Mercedes Rail path, having
left the car at one of the parking lots
for bicycles and road vehicles that
were scattered along the route
.

"L’amore è Cieco."
This inspired the free-verse poem "L’amore è Cieco." Fiorenza and her father Giordano travel to Faggiola to see how Timoteo is doing.
131 lines, Buy It Now = $66

When Fiorenza planned
a visit to Faggiola, she invited
her father Giordano to come.

"We can visit Giacinto and
see how Timoteo is doing,"
she suggested, and he agreed.

"Like a Road Through Mountains"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Like a Road Through Mountains." Damask talk about their experiences in sex and romance.
152 lines, Buy It Now = $76

It's hard enough get a grip
on all this sex/gender stuff
when there's only one of you.

When you share a body
with five other people,
each with different tastes,
it's a whole lot harder.

"A Pattern of Devotion"
This inspired the free-verse poem "A Pattern of Devotion." Hefty and Fiddlesticks have one kind of relationship, Roger and Diamond have another, but they're all connected.
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89

Hefty and Fiddlesticks
cruised slowly along
the streets of Omaha.

They chatted about
the current case --
a car theft ring that
might be connected
with Rabid City -- and
about their families.

"The Shapes of Trees, the Movement of Rivers"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "The Shapes of Trees, the Movement of Rivers." Several neurovariant folks team up to bring down a bad therapist.
159 lines, Buy It Now = $80

Blocks liked SplatChat because
it let him interact with people
who thought the way he did.

There was Persia, a budding activist
with interests in gender diversity
and mental health rights.

"Where You Begin to Learn New Things"
Your prompt about Riley inspired the free-verse poem "Where You Begin to Learn New Things." The second appointment of the day introduces Riley to a sex/gender doctor who proves very helpful.
1368 lines, Buy It Now = $684

Riley was still moderately relaxed
when they pulled into the parking lot
of the Triquetra Trauma Center.

Behind a plaza dotted with young trees,
one wing of the building was mostly glass
and the other a smooth facade of brown stone.

"Without Having to Speak"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Without Having to Speak," a sequel to "Small Beautiful Bones." Cuoio's new Family wants to know how his team is doing after the incident.
527 lines, Buy It Now = $264

To Cuoio's surprise, his new classes
were more pleasure than punishment.

The etiquette class was fascinating, and
he quickly discovered why the Marionettes
outclassed most of the other Families --
they really thought about how manners
helped people fit together better
.

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