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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "short forms."  I'll be soliciting poetic forms of 60 lines or less, so basically below my epic range rather than only the short-short length of 10 lines or less.  Free verse below the length limit is also fine.  Here are 15 short forms with descriptions. Among my favorite short forms not listed there: hexaduadindriso, sestina, villanelle.  This list of 100 forms is alphabetical.  Poets Garrett has my favorite list of forms, including a list of repeating-interlocking forms.  Their main page has links to poetic forms of 3-10 lines.  Plus a few of my own: A darrow poem is a short, haiku-like musing by dark elves.  A khazal is a Whispering Sands desert poem in couplets.  A moose track is a repeating-interlocking form.  A tweet wire is a tiny 10-line poem designed for Twitter.  Some short forms, like haiku and tanka, work well as verses in a longer poem.  Have some kigo.  We are in mid-late winter (northern hemisphere) but you can request whatever you like.  I have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco so most forms should be in there.  You can also prompt with a link to any exotic form you find; I collect these things. 

In addition to forms, I also need topical prompts.  One-word or short-phrase framing will assist in keeping them small enough to fit within the theme.  Here is a huge list of common themes.  This page of idioms has alphabetical and topical listings.  I love writing poems about an individual word; see The Phrontistery (WARNING!  Black hole caliber time sink ahead!) for glossaries or this list of untranslatable words.  Have an orientation that is not well represented in literature?  Ask for a sexualromantic, or other orientation!  If it's not on any of my lists, just include a description or link to one.  Want to help me play with my holiday gifts?  :D  I just got The Urban Setting Thesaurus, The Rural Setting Thesaurus, and The Emotion Thesaurus and from last year I have The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus.  Simply click "Look Inside" and view the table of contents for a list of cool ideas.  You can prompt a sestina with six end words; I usually pick 5 short flexible words and one long exotic word, but I'll work with whatever I get.  Favorite characters, threads, series, settings, etc. are also fair game but this is NOT the time for long plotty prompts.  Consider combining a name or title with a short form, theme, or idiom.  If you like to prompt with photos, this is a great opportunity for that.  Just type in a topic (see above for possibilities) and click the Image link in your favorite search engine.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

Arts and Crafts America is ideal for picture prompts, or just name a craft.

Fiorenza the Wisewoman suits Italian forms, most of which are short.

Hart's Farm suits Old Norse poetry.

Kung Fu Robots goes with Chinese forms.

Lacquerware suits Japanese forms.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem "Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure" (13 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, January 7. 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; four of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be four 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 "Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure" (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 short forms -- 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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