Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Unsold Poems for the November 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the October 1, 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," "Where Symbols Had the Power," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," "Gökotta," "May Everything," "The Arc of the Mental Universe," "So Often Alone."

"Down Dark Alleys"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Down Dark Alleys." It looks at the rough history of English.
31 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"In Language Gender Is Particularly Confusing"
This inspired the free-verse poem "In Language Gender Is Particularly Confusing." The lurking shadow doesn't really understand gender, but that's okay.
53 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Interspecies Communication Issues"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Interspecies Communication Issues." The Maldives strives to find ways to communicate among very different people.
79 lines, Buy It Now = $40

It's a good thing
that the Maldives
is good at languages.

"Is Fearr Gaeilge Briste"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Is Fearr Gaeilge Briste." Shiv doesn't realize how much he's learning from the Finns until he starts speaking Irish.
294 lines, Buy It Now = $147

Shiv hated school.
He always had, as far
back as he could remember.

It sucked, because no matter
how hard he tried to learn things,
it was never good enough.

"Lighting a Fire / Fighting a Liar"
Your first prompt inspired the structured poem "Lighting a Fire / Fighting a Liar." The centered lines apply to all the others, but the left and right columns create a slightly different poem down each side. It's about transgender politics in today's world, but it applies to plenty of other things too. It's meant to be performed by two people reading the center lines together and each side separately, ideally two sex/gender variant people of different types. I keep hearing it in my head with yowling vocals, strobing stage lights, and the kind of noise that passes for music these days.
This one has special pricing due to its unique structure, which took longer to build.
~13 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Way Down Deep"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Way Down Deep." Mrrhow and her littermates talk about what they want.
48 lines, Buy It Now = $20

The following poems all belong to the new Rutledge thread of Polychrome Heroics.

"Because We Are All Unique"
Your refugee prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Because We Are All Unique." Plagued by shrinking population, a town in Terramagne-Vermont considers inviting Syrian refugees to join them.
840 lines, Buy It Now = $420

Mayor Theodore Castle stepped
into the theater of the City Hall.

The stage let him look out over
rows of burgundy chairs full of
Rutledge citizens who looked
curious and a little nervous.

Some Dreamwidth prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Alstroemeria." A florist helps a Syrian refugee in Rutledge.
179 lines, Buy It Now = $90

When a hundred Syrian refugees
moved into Rutledge, Vermont,
Charis sent flowers to welcome them,
cheer them up, and hopefully attract
some new customers to her flower shop.

"Watching The Water Department"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Watching The Water Department." Students at a French immersion school watch television together and talk about the show, relating it to their own experiences.
261 lines, Buy It Now = $131

Elodie loved life in Rutledge.
Vermont was as different from
Louisiana as Louisiana had
been from Martinique, but
that was what she wanted.
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