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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 21

NOTE: The current plan is to run the fishbowl on Tuesday, April 21 but that's not firm yet.  While daytime weather has been mostly clear, nights have been stormy, causing some damage to towers and thus delays in the setup process.  While we hope to have full internet access next week, we aren't sure if that will happen as initially promised.  So the fishbowl date is still tentative.  I will keep you posted on developments.

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Interspecies Cooperation."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Homo sapiens,  hominids other than Homo sapiens,  fantasy species (elves, dwarves, centaurs, unicorns, dragons, etc.), aliens, uplifted species, animals with superpowers, humans with animal traits, fish out of water, ethicists, activists, heroic leads, antagonists, other people involved in interspecies cooperation, negotiating, mediating, bartering, riding, hunting, cooperative fishing between humans and dolphins, crafting, speaking, listening, reading, writing, 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, wilderness, rural areas, farms, pony clubs, charities, training schools, trading posts, alien planets, fantasy worlds, other places where species work together, teamwork, complementary strengths and weaknsses, interspecies equipment (e.g. saddles), nonhuman furniture (e.g. cat shelves), domestication, white spots, interspecies adoption, etiquette, bigotry, human-animal relationships, virtues, values conflict, 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 shows several hominid species living together.

Clay of Life features a friendship between human and golem.

A Conflagration of Dragons has the Six Races plus the dragons.

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

Feathered Nests features interactions between the humans and the alien Fifers.

Frankenstein's Family spans human, vampire, and werewolf cultures.

The Godship Wanderers has humans living with different alien species.

Kande's Quest features humans, war elephants, and white demons.

Kung Fu Robots includes humans and robots.

Monster House is urban fantasy with a wide range of monsters as well as humans.

The Moon Door features humans and werewolves.

Polychrome Heroics has characters from many different species in addition to humans.  .

Starfather is about interspecies adoption.

Submerged Nebraska has sentient manta rays and cockroaches.

The Yellow Unicorns involves 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 21. 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 species working together -- 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, poetry, reading, weblit, wildlife, writing
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