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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Interspecies Cooperation."  I'll be soliciting ideas for humans, hominid species other than Homo sapiens, diplomats, mounted police, animal trainers, pets, livestock, therapy animals, wild animals, primal soups, animal soups, elves, dwarves, centaurs, dragons, other fantasy species, aliens, devils, angels, fish out of water, heroic leads, antagonists, other people involved in interspecies relations, training, learning, negotiating, speaking, listening, reading, writing, summoning, banishing, saving someone's life, discovering yourself, testing boundaries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, shocking people, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, returning home, trading posts, marketplaces, government buildings, territorial boundaries, beaches, temples, riding schools, circuses, charities, sport clubs, other social places, diversity, teamwork, competition, adaptive equipment, interspecies equipment (e.g. saddles), augmentative and alternative communication, deep time communication, etiquette, bigotry, human-animal relationships, animal-animal relationships, devil-angel relationships, devil-human relationships, hypocrisy, virtues, values conflict, moral injury, betrayal, alienation, rebellion, the heroic journey, personal growth, imprint vulnerability, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

Beneath the Family Tree includes three hominid species.

Clay of Life features a golem and his human friend.

A Conflagration of Dragons spans six humanoid races plus the dragons.

Diminished Expectations includes unmodified humans, the Diminished, and the oids.

Feathered Nests has the alien Fifers and humans.

Fledgling Grace features angelic and demonic aspects as people develop bird wings.

Frankenstein's Family includes humans, vampires, and werewolves.

The Godship Wanderers has humans plus several alien species, one of them a living starship.

Hart's Farm is almost entirely human, but with a few references to shapeshifters (reindeer and seals) and Fey.

Kande's Quest includes (black) humans and the white demons.

Kung Fu Robots has sentient robots and humans.

Monster House has a family of humans alongside many urban fantasy species.

The Moon Door mixes humans and werewolves.

Polychrome Heroics has characters from many different species, some paired or grouped across species lines.

Starfather is about interspecies adoption.

Submerged Nebraska has sentient manta rays and cockroaches.

The Yellow Unicorns is all about humans and unicorns.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem "Putting Everything in Its Place" (9 verses, Arts and Crafts America).

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, April 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 "Putting Everything in Its Place" (Arts and Crafts America).  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 cooperation between species -- 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: community, cyberfunded creativity, event, fishbowl, life lessons, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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