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Unsold Poems for the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the August 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 "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," "Gökotta," "May Everything," and "Sobremesa."


"Accused of Practicing Magic"
A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Accused of Practicing Magic." Victor and Igor get into a discussion about magic and science.
161 lines, Buy It Now = $81

In late summer, the village market
thronged with farmers offering
all kinds of fresh produce, and
traders coming from near and far.



"A Combination of Brains and Materials"
Some Dreamwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "A Combination of Brains and Materials." Four inventors contributed to the rise of Microfyne: a man, a woman, a little girl, and a cat.
373 lines, Buy It Now = $187

Nick Fuller puttered away
in his garage laboratory
over winter break while
his daughter Ruth-Marie
curled up in the living room
with the latest issue of Taxxi.



"Daemons from the Stars"
A backchannel prompt inspired the poem "Daemons from the Stars." Far out in the Fimbria, techno-wizards rule with fake magic.
52 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Great Growling Engine of Change"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Great Growling Engine of Change." In Soho, magic and technology mix, and nobody really notices.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

Small Change loved Manhattan,
even though she hadn't been born there --
hadn't even been born in this world.



"The Mark of Your Ignorance"
Your berettaflies prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Mark of Your Ignorance." Stylet contemplates possible projects for his class in Applied Bioethics.
526 lines, Buy It Now = $263

Five months had passed
since the berettafly incident,
just about to begin the sixth.

Stylet had completed
his summer classes in
Remedial Bioethics at
Loyola University, and
just started his fall classes.



"One Man's Magic"
Your summoning prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "One Man's Magic." Schrodinger's Heroes discover that magic and technology don't mix when they get sucked into a dimension where their equipment doesn't work.
197 lines, Buy It Now = $99

When wormhole met summoning circle,
everything went south pretty fast.

Alex, Ash, and Bailey concentrated
on figuring out how to untangle it all.



"Play with a Sense of Destiny"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Play with a Sense of Destiny." Alicia Martins explores a new playground in Onion City.
289 lines, Buy It Now = $145

Alicia tumbled out of the van,
already eager to explore
the new Destiny Playground
now open in Onion City.



"Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience." Fortressa tries out a bodysuit with lightweight armor.
177 lines, Buy It Now = $89

Fortressa loved her new suit.
It was not quite a battlesuit,
but rather a bodysuit made of
dexflan and krevel that could
turn into light armor at need.



"The Sharpness of the Sword"
Your sword prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Sharpness of the Sword." Luci is interested in one of the boys at school. The sword really isn't.
126 lines, Buy It Now = $63

After school, Shiv sat on Luci's bed
sharpening her/his sword while
she told him about her day.

Luci went on about her classes
and the yoga thing she did and
some people that she'd seen.



"Some Creation of the Brain"
Your Tesla prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Some Creation of the Brain." Nikola Tesla muses about inventions and their implications.
104 lines, Buy It Now = $52

It was 2 AM when Nikola Tesla
finished his current experiment and
went to browse his correspondences,
there being no point in lying down
when he was not the least bit sleepy.

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