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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, June 4

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "oaths and promises." I'll be soliciting ideas for spouses, gang or club members, clergy, deities and followers, soldiers, minions and masters/mistresses, apprentices, tops and bottoms, beat partners, counselors, superheroes, supervillains, other people who make promises, choosing partners, making promises, breaking promises, enforcing oaths, exploring new discoveries, creating connections, counseling, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, recovering from setbacks, courtrooms, churches, military bases, supervillain lairs, kink clubs, police stations, counseling clinics, public institutions, other places where people make oaths, apprenticeship, free will, oaths and promises, personal growth, loyalty, commitment, vocation, public service, determination, imprint vulnerability, failure, success, rites of passage, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, dominance fights, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series:

Fiorenza the Wisewoman features people in charge of a village, such as its priest and its wisewoman.

One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis includes promises between the God of Drunks and his followers.

Path of the Paladins is all about vocations, a bond between god/dess and followers.

Polychrome Heroics has some characters, like Hefty and Fiddlesticks, who have pledged to watch over a certain area.  (I have hinted at, but not written out, their foursquare marriage in Utah if that interests anyone.)  Others have sworn to protect each other, like the Ebonies & Ivories or the Primaries.  Some have promised service to another, like Seth to the whales, or minions to their chosen master/mistress.  Sometimes there is a sworn goal, like Shiv trying to go six months without getting arrested again, which I've mentioned but not written out.

The Steamsmith has guilds and clubs with oaths.

Or you can ask for something new.

Click to read the linkback poem "May Everything" (7 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, June 4. 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 "May Everything" (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 promises -- 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!

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