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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Ableism Edition." I'll be soliciting ideas for people with disabilities, friends, relatives, bullies, bigots, police, lawyers, clergy, superheroes, supervillains, minions, employers, employees, activists, other people who deal with ableism, acquiring a disability, living with disability, raising a disabled child, protesting, traveling, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, confronting bullies, poking a bigot in the eye, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, challenging discriminatory laws, inventing helpful devices, offices, streets, homes, playgrounds, classrooms, battlefields, courtrooms, churches or temples, stores, other places prone to disability conflicts, adaptive equipment, assistance animals, magical adaptations for disabilities, visible vs. invisible disabilities, prejudices, laws, bait and switch, unforseen circumstances, when the whole world changes out from under you, cape fights, boundary violations, unbelievably rude things people say or do, "nothing about us without us," random acts of kindness, public accommodations for disabilities, "universal design" isn't, theories of disability, and poetic forms in particular.

I have some series that feature disabled protagonists and/or other aspects of disability:
An Army of One -- a majority of characters are autistic, which some people consider a disability
Clay of Life -- Yossele the golem has prosthetic feet of inert iron attached to a body of living clay
Diminished Expectations -- a majority of the characters have severe physical disabilities
Frankenstein's Family -- Igor has a deformed back, Victor is trans and has dysmenorrhea, Adam has scars
Monster House -- the daughter is blind
The Moon Door -- a majority of characters have (or had) chronic pain and other disabilities
One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis -- a majority of characters have addiction issues
Path of the Paladins -- PTSD and communal trauma as far as the eye can see
P.I.E. -- Brenda uses a wheelchair
Tripping into the Future -- the second-person protagonist has PTSD and depression
Walking the Beat -- Dale walks with a cane; Kelly is Deaf

Polychrome Heroics features numerous disabilities.  Aquariana can't wear clothes or let her skin dry out.  Cassandra had her superpower crippled by clipping.  Cuoio has traumatic grief.  Dr. Infanta has PDSD and is stuck in a child's body.  Turq in Officer Pink has PDSD, scars, and superpower dysfunctions due to mad science torture.  Shiv has mental and physical scars from years of assorted abuse.  There are more outside those threads too, so browse around if you need inspiration.

I have a linkback poem, "Where Symbols Had the Power" (10 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, August 7. 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 half-price sale 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 "Where Symbols had the Power" (standalone).  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Twitter or LiveJournal, rather than all on Dreamwidth.

(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 disability awareness -- 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!

Tags: activism, cyberfunded creativity, event, fishbowl, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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