Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Unsold Poems for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 2, 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."

"Already Where You Want to Be"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Already Where You Want to Be." Heron helps Shiv adjust to faster reflexes after healing.
836 lines, Buy It Now = $418

Shiv wakes to a faint smell of coffee.

His head feels simultaneously
stuffed with cotton and wired.
It's not as bad as it was before
Heron fixed him, but still not good.

"Any Direction You Choose"
Multiple prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Any Direction You Choose." Heron and Mallory discuss educational options for Dairinne.
493 lines, Buy It Now = $247

Dairinne squeaked as Heron
changed her into pajamas,
a slow rusty-door sound.

"You're getting her ready
for bed already?" Mallory said.
"It's not her bedtime yet."

"As Taught in Woods and Meadows"
Several prompts combined to make the poem "As Taught in Woods and Meadows." Victor, Igor, and Fridrik teach the children about plants and animals.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102

Victor and Igor strolled around
the castle gardens with the children
scampering all around them.

Bertolf, Simza, and Alida
tumbled all over each other.
Toma trailed behind, generally
less willing to touch or be touched.

"Celebrate and Cherish"
Several prompts combined to inspired the free-verse poem "Celebrate and Cherish." Mallory, Heron, and Dairinne explore the Allerton Circle School.
1100 lines, Buy It Now = $550

After Heron and Mallory finished
their Friday morning classes,
they packed up Dairinne.

"You rented a car?"
Mallory said, looking at
Heron. "I've just about
gotten used to you using
teleporters all the time,
and now you switch."

"Conducive to Thought"
Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Conducive to Thought." Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 lines, Buy It Now = $279

It had been a week since Shiv
had gotten his brain repaired,
and several days since Heron
had declared him adjusted
to his new normal.

"Dans une grande âme"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Dans une grande âme." Genna does some educational troubleshooting.
547 lines, Buy It Now = $274

Genna sat down at her desk
and got ready for work.

She had a better desk now,
set up in the corner of her office --
not as nice as the one that she'd
had to sell, but made of solid wood
even if it had come in a box from
a build-your-own furniture store.

"The Doors of the Mind"
Several prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "The Doors of the Mind." It looks at problems and solutions in education.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Everyone Can Dance"
Your wheelchair prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Everyone Can Dance." Tolli and Simon invite Shiv and Luci to their wedding, and teach them about wheelchair dancing.
1081 lines, Buy It Now = $541

They had discovered that
a fun and convenient way
to make a meal for four was
letting each person fix one dish.

This morning, Luci was cooking
red bean pancakes while Shiv
made garden scrambled eggs.
Tolli fried sausage links and bacon;
Simon toasted a whole loaf of bread
to spread with rhubarb-strawberry jam.

"Free-Ranging Release"
Your triggery prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Free-Ranging Release." It features a detailed discussion of sexual disorders including pedophilia in T-America, from the perspective of a physically age-regressed but mentally adult practical sex counselor.
This poem contains topics likely to disturb most readers.
401 lines, Buy It Now = $201

Juliette Rayne tapped her foot
against the floor of the police station.

Even in high-heels, it was difficult
for her 10-year-old body to see over
the high counter, which did not
include an accessibility notch.

"I Will Not Omit Pieces"
Your Shaeth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "I Will Not Omit Pieces." Shaeth and his followers deal with fetal alcohol damage.
192 lines, Buy It Now = $96

It was Vretta who brought
a fresh issue to Shaeth's attention,
Vretta and her young son Zhil.

Shaeth had begun gathering up
the Alhalen, the ones who would
have him after they heard about
his history with their lost nation --
he was determined to be honest
about that -- and who wanted what
the God of Drunks had to offer.

"Intelligence Having Fun"
Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Intelligence Having Fun." Shiv goes to a sidewalk art festival in Omaha.
432 lines, Buy It Now = $216

Shiv looked at the flyer in the bus stop.

He had meant to go see a movie today.
Freetown was showing, and he was
curious to see an African movie
rather than African-American.

"The Ironmonger"
Several prompts inspired the free-verse poem "The Ironmonger." A retired swordsman makes a new life for himself in a little adventuring town. He can't teach ... but he can make friends.
214 lines, Buy It Now = $107

Garn was happily retired in
the town of Gloryroad Crossing.

When the old swordmaster had begun
to slow a little, and had enough put by
to buy a shop, he thought about
where adventures often started
and set up as an ironmonger.

"It Marks You"
Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "It Marks You." Shiv teaches a new gangmate how to use a visual schedule.
263 lines, Buy It Now = $132

Shiv trotted into the office
without even asking why
the boss wanted him there.

It was only after he arrived
that he started to wonder
what the fuck was going on.

"Making the Grade"
Your prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Making the Grade." As Waldorf schools establish in Arts and Crafts America, students follow their interests to learn and create.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

The discovery of Waldorf schools was
a great help to the Arts and Crafts Movement.
It gave people a framework for teaching
both practical and academic matters

"A Multiverse of the Mind"
Outside prompts from DW users Iamnotgod and Zeeth_kyrah inspired the free-verse poem "A Multiverse of the Mind." Schrodinger's Heroes span the nine intelligences.
169 lines, Buy It Now = $85

The mind is not one but many.

It is a manifold of brain matter,
a multiverse of mentality.

"A Return to Grace and Courtesy"
Turq takes a private lesson from a Montessori teacher.
170 lines, Buy It Now = $85

Turq's parents had arranged
for a local Montessori teacher,
Evelyn Analla, to give him
some outdoor lessons.

"To Know Without the Intellect"
Several prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "To Know Without the Intellect." Education in the Lacuna distinguishes classes based on sensation.
197 lines, Buy It Now = $99

The family corridor was
all living quarters, so Darmid
had commandeered several rooms
in the nearest corridor with function space
and turned those into a little school.
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