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My friend [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith regularly does this thing called a Poetry Fishbowl, which is where she gets prompts from her readers, writes several poems from among these prompts, and then gives her readers the titles of the poems in a poll so they can vote which ones they want her to put on offer. Then whichever ones get put on offer get attached prices, and then the poems get "crowdfunded," meaning different people put in money to sponsor a poem, and when a poem's price has been met, she posts it on her LJ/DW.

So I thought, why not try my hand at this? I haven't written any poetry for a long time, this could be fun.

So this is the first part of the poetry fishbowl. Give me prompts! My friend has themes for her fishbowls. Um... I guess y'all can start by suggesting a theme for my first fishbowl!

(And if you need an idea of what my poems are like, there are three tags below you can click on: poem, poems, and "opus van de oplicter," the last of which is the pseudonym I use when making extremely bizarre, often nonsensical poems.)

If you need a better idea of what a poetry fishbowl is:

From [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's LJ:

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 "doors and passages." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
- From here.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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ysabetwordsmith
Dec. 6th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Yay!
I'm delighted to see someone else trying the fishbowl idea!

Here are my suggestions for a possible theme:
* alien intelligences
* differently civilized people
* weird things
fayanora
Dec. 6th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Cool! :-D Thanks!
pingback_bot
Dec. 6th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Fayanora's Fishbowl
User ysabetwordsmith referenced to your post from Fayanora's Fishbowl saying: [...] poetry fishbowl, inspired by mine here.  She is beginning with a request for suggested themes [...]
pingback_bot
Dec. 6th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Fayanora's Fishbowl
User ysabetwordsmith referenced to your post from Fayanora's Fishbowl saying: [...] poetry fishbowl, inspired by mine here.  She is beginning with a request for suggested themes [...]
aldersprig
Dec. 6th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yay!

I like nature-related themes, but I'm weird like that.

I've discovered idioms-as-theme get a lot of fun responses, as well.
fayanora
Dec. 7th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
You got any idioms to suggest?
aldersprig
Dec. 7th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
Mm, I'll give it some thought!
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