Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

  • Mood:

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 2

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "respect is a need." I'll be soliciting ideas for spouses, parents and children, clergy, teachers and students, soldiers, gang or club members, police, deities and followers, counselors, minions and masters/mistresses, apprentices, tops and bottoms, superheroes, supervillains, star performers, other people who deal in respect, choosing partners, earning respect, showing respect, creating connections, exploring new relationships, counseling, coming of age, changing roles in a family or other group, learning what you can (and can't) do, deferring to others, courtrooms, churches, classrooms, military bases, marae, supervillain lairs, kink clubs, police stations, counseling clinics, other places where people show respect, haka mana, the meaning of respect, ways to practice respect, ways to earn respect, apprenticeship, free will, racial relations, personal growth, commitment, honor, public service, gender dynamics, imprint vulnerability, 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.

Frankenstein's Family shows how Victor and Igor earn the respect of their villagers.

Hart's Farm is a free love community relying on mutual respect.

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

Path of the Paladins is all about the connection between god/dess and followers.

P.I.E. shows Brenda demanding respect from those around her.

Polychrome Heroics has some characters, like Hefty and Fiddlesticks, who have pledged to watch over a certain area.  Others look up to each other, like the Ebonies & Ivories or the Primaries.  Some have given service to another they respect, like Seth to the whales, or minions to their chosen master/mistress. 

Seeing Hearts is all about respecting gender identity.

The Steamsmith has guilds and clubs that people look up to.

Or you can ask for something new.

Click to read the linkback poem "Sobremesa"  (8 verses, LIFC).

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, July 2. 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 piece of bonus material 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 respect -- 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: cyberfunded creativity, event, fishbowl, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.