Poem: "American Roots"

Aug. 4th, 2015 02:36 pm
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This is today's freebie, inspired by a backchannel prompt from my partner Doug about his mother's family history.  It also fills the "familiarity" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It bingo fest.

"American Roots"

Francis Bieschke came
to America with dreams of
a place to put down roots.

He settled in Detroit, and
for the next five generations,
nobody moved more than
fifty miles away.

They became a clan,
neighbors scattered
across nearby blocks.

His descendants built
a house on Mitchell Street
where they watched the city
grow and peak and collapse
all around them.

It became a family joke --
"Some people have feet,
we have roots."

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Aug. 4th, 2015 12:01 pm
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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 15 verses available).

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

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.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and has 15 verses available). 

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening 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; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three 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.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, frenemies, nemesis, spice, parents and children, zucchini, other relatives, making friends, arguing, making up, falling in love, growing a family, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, friendship benches, home, school, workplaces, playgrounds, bars, other places important to human relationships, friendship tokens, wedding rings, baby handprints, photo albums, souvenirs, our song, people skills, emotional first aid, endings and beginnings, marriage, divorce, other major life changes, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Qui Gatti Ci Cova.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

New Poetry Pages

Aug. 4th, 2015 11:23 am
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[personal profile] lynnoconnacht has finished making pages for two new threads in Polychrome Heroics:

Cuoio and Chiara are two Marionettes, a fighter boss and the comare he's courting.  The first poem, "She's a Knockout," introduces them to each other, and later ones show how Cuoio learns the dynamics of a Family he didn't grow up in.

Pain's Gray starts out as an ordinary supervillain henchman, but gains power along the way.  Some of these poems are sexy/kinky, others fluff, but they basically deal with how interpersonal relationships develop in a reasonably functional supervillain gang.

Winter Fest in July Fills

Aug. 4th, 2015 01:05 am
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I made 5 fills in Winter Fest in July, though not in a line.

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The Trauma of Israel

Aug. 4th, 2015 12:30 am
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This article succinctly explains why Israel is a danger to itself and others.

Based on this analysis, Avigail Abarbanel believes “Israel cannot be reasoned with”, that it “is a traumatised society and it is therefore very dangerous.” Applying family therapy models, she compares Israel to the abusive husband, the Palestinians to the abused wife and the United States to the enabling neighbor.

Astronomy Picture and Poem

Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:38 pm
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 I saw this photo and had to write a poem about it.  "Proton Aurora" is 16 lines, $10 if anyone wants it.

Thick Hair Hazards

Aug. 2nd, 2015 09:34 pm
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... or in my case, not only thick but also wide-nap and semi-prehensile. This shit happens.  My hair has destroyed more hardware than I can count.
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 "Reading While Cooking" invites readers to submit a request for a type of fiction and a type of recipe.  The first installment suggests non-European fantasy and foods that combine peppercorns with pomegranates.  This project is crowdfunded via Patreon.

As You Like It Bingo Card 8-1-15

Aug. 1st, 2015 04:13 pm
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Here is my card for the As You Like It fest. Bingo will run from August 1st through 31.  The point of this month's theme is to do what YOU want. Any five prompts, in any location on the card, will work. More importantly, for those who've been trying to fill an older card but didn't quite manage a bingo, you can also use prompts from DIFFERENT cards! Pick and choose what you want, and give yourself a breather. If you've almost got blackout on a card, or if you're staring at a card so random Fate was probably giggling at you, this is YOUR theme. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


musicmake new friendswalkingrespect limitspersonal time
outdoorsfamiliar foodrejuvenationcatching up with friendsdo something new
relaxacceptanceGUILT-FREEhopehealthy touch
dinner outbreathing exercisesfamiliaritycomforthobbies
sunny dayhelping someonefunreflectionnurture self-worth

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 [personal profile] capriuni writes fairytales, and "The Three Bouquets" is all about flowers.
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A poem on the beginning of spring by the Nijô Empress (KKS I.4)

    Spring has indeed come,
though snow is still around us.
    So will it be now
that the bush warbler's teardrops,
long frozen, finally melt?

yuki no uchi ni
haru wa kinikeri
uguisu no
kôreru namida
ima ya tokuramu

Fujiwara no Takaiko (842-910) was niece and adopted daughter of Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, the regent of Emperor Seiwa (ruled 858-876). She married Seiwa in 866, and their son succeeded him as Emperor Yôzei in 876. As an emperor’s mother, she was called the Nijô Empress from the palace where she resided, and was a power behind the throne until Yôzei was deposed in 884 for mental instability. She was stripped of the title Empress in 896 because of a scandalous affair. The uguisu or Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone) is one of the first songbirds of spring, often heard before other signs of thaw.

The Friday Five: Rub a Dub Dub...

Jul. 31st, 2015 09:11 am
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Today's Friday five is brought to you by Friday, the number 5, and <lj user="katkoota">:
1. How long do u usually spend in the shower? bath?
2. How many bottles (shampoo, conditioner etc.) are lying around your bathtub?
3. What is your favorite type of shampoo? conditioner?
4. Do you always buy your shampoo and conditioner in a set (as opposed to buying different types for each)?
5. Do you prefer stationary showerheads or movable?
Copy and paste to your own journal, then reply to this post with a link to your answers. If your journal is private or friends-only, you can post your full answers in the comments below.
If you'd like to suggest questions for a future Friday Five, then do so on DreamWidth or LiveJournal. Old sets that were used have been deleted, so please feel free to suggest some more!
**Remember that we rely on you, our members, to help keep the community going. Also, please remember to play nice. We are all here to answer the questions and have fun each week. We repost the questions exactly as the original posters submitted them and request that all questions be checked for spelling and grammatical errors before they're submitted. Comments re: the spelling and grammatical nature of the questions are not necessary. Honestly, any hostile, rude, petty, or unnecessary comments need not be posted, either.**

"Never Laid Open" is now complete!

Jul. 30th, 2015 05:02 pm
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Thanks to an anonymous donation, "Never Laid Open" is now complete.  Watch Shiv flounder his way through new coping skills.  

This means that the sequel "As We Grasp Them" is unlocked and available to be sponsored and posted.
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Shirome - Written while seeing off Minamoto no Sane at Yamazaki when he was traveling to Tsukushi to bathe in the hot springs (KKS VIII.387)

    If only our lives
somehow corresponded to
    our hearts' desires,
would separation still be
something so agonizing?

inochi dani
kokoro ni kanau
mono naraba
nani ka wakare no

Shirome (also called Shiro in Tales of Yamato) was a ukareme or female entertainer active in the reign of Emperor Uda (r. 887-897), but no other personal details are recorded. Minamoto no Sane had a career as middling courtier between 880 and his death in 900. Tsukushi was a province corresponding to modern Fukuoka Prefecture but could also refer to the island of Kyushu as a whole, and Yamazaki on the Yodo/Uji River (it's a waterway that frequently changes name), downstream from the capital of Kyoto at the border of modern Kyoto and Osaka prefectures, was the embarkation point for travelers to the western provinces. An ukareme (later called an asobi) could be commoner or of aristocratic birth, but either way she had more freedom of behavior than a court lady, which explains how she could travel so far with Sane. As for the poem itself, it's ambiguous whose life is being discussed, choices being hers, his, or both—hers is the traditional reading, reasonably enough given the poetic trope of the Lonely Lady, but the arduousness of the journey to Kyushu suggests the hot-springs are intended as a cure for serious health issues, making his also a topic of concern.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, there are 12 new verses in "These Tiny Little Steps." Victor struggles with surrender; Kálmán tries to help.

Good News

Jul. 29th, 2015 11:17 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good.  It can be personal or public.  We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone.  It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?


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