Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Unsold Poems for the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 6, 2019 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 "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," and "Gökotta."

"Bitter Melon"
A backchannel prompt for the Meet Ugly bingo inspired the free-verse poem "Bitter Melon." Shiv is shopping in an Asian market when someone mistakes him with staff, and he decides to fuck around with her instead of just being honest.
184 lines, Buy It Now = $92

Shiv slunk through the aisles of
the Healthy Spirits Asian Market.

Cook and Luci had ganged up on him
and insisted that he needed to step outside
his comfort zone, so they sent him here with
instructions to pick up at least three things
good to put into a batch of stir-fry

"By the People's Voices"
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "By the People's Voices." Milosh Begolli and his neighbor Dawson Wallace attend a showing of the classic television program The Blue Collar Boys, a 1950s soap opera about working-class men in the industrial revolution.
416 lines, Buy It Now = $208

Milosh Begolli strolled along
the wide sidewalk that connected
the Garden Square Public Housing Project
with the Arthurian Theater on the next block,
taking care to keep pace with Dawson Wallace
rolling along beside him in a wheelchair

"If You Don't Have Experience Sewing"
Your teacher prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing." When Shiv loses a button from his shirt, a helpful neighbor explains how to fix it.
277 lines, Buy It Now = $139

Shiv walked through the jazz club,
fastening the last few buttons
of his shirt as he went.

Buttons was lounging
against a wall and talking
with one of her neighbors --
Mrs. Nice, that was her name.

"The Pursuit of Happiness"
Your Boston prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Pursuit of Happiness." It explores the evolution of diverse marriage practices in Terramagne.
171 lines, Buy It Now = $86

The nineteenth century was a time
of transcendental enlightenment.

People reexamined old beliefs
and practices, improving them
for contemporary uses.

Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sojourners." Genna misses hanging out with other creative folks, so Pips takes her to a coffeehouse. There she overhears some film students working on a class project featuring an eastern about influential women in history.
490 lines, Buy It Now = $245

Genna fussed and fidgeted
her way through Saturday morning
until Pips pulled her aside and
asked, "What's wrong?"

There is now a new series, the Hollow Way.

"The Restoration of Order"
Your first prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Restoration of Order." Patterson Cock is a doctor who sometimes consults on odd cases for the police, and travels out of town to investigate a string of murders.
502 lines, Buy It Now = $251

Patterson Cock met with
his friend John Buchanan
by a fountain in the park,
which indicated that John
wanted to say something
that shouldn't get overheard.

"A Nation of Inconsistencies"
Your second prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Nation of Inconsistencies." Two girls from very different walks of life meet and become friends.
156 lines, Buy It Now = $78

Sophia Crowninshield was walking
down an unfamiliar but intriguing street
in New York, hunting for imported scarves,
when a scuffle broke out in front of her.

Several men had set upon a sturdy girl
in that atrocious "rational dress" only to find
that she was quite an accomplished brawler.

"Connect Us with Each Other"
Putting the two prompts together inspired the free-verse poem "Connect Us with Each Other." Paths sometimes lead to very unexpected places.
176 lines, Buy It Now = $88

Sophia still thought that
rational dress looked dreadful,
but she had fallen in love
with aesthetic dress.
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