May 7th, 2011


Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May's theme was "folk tales."  Prompts arrived in a steady trickle throughout the day.  I didn't get to all the ones I wanted, and may eventually double back for some; I've already written one extra poem, "Mending Fence," based on comments about a fishbowl poem.  There were 55 comments on the fishbowl post.  I worked from 12:50 PM to 1:20 AM, so about 10 hours 30 minutes, accounting for breaks.  The length clustered snugly in the middle; most were medium with a few long.  There were no epics, and the only short was the after-hours "Mending Fence."  I wrote 19 poems, plus that extra one.  Most were free verse but there were several forms: ballads and quatrains, a terza rima, and one written in haiku verses.  Most of the poems derived from a single prompt; a few used multiple prompts.

A total of 16 people sent prompts.  Welcome to new prompter idhren24, who's partly responsible for second freebie poem.

The serial perk qualified a second time.  Donations reached the $150 goal.  The perk poll chose Fiorenza to get the free serial poem.  Donors have been invited to offer a prompt for that.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the May 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:

"Backwater Tales"
"Chasing the Rain"
"A Cryptic Zoology"
"Folk Tales in 4/4 Time"
"The Library at the End of the World"
"Mending Fence" (a Monster House poem)
"Moral Traditions"
"Old Husbands' Tales" (a Torn World poem)
"ongaeshibanashi" (an Origami Mage poem)
"Prezzemolina" (a Fiorenza poem)
"Slashing Through the Undergrowth"
"Threads of Magic"
"Until the Cows Come Home" (a Monster House poem)

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from May.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All the sponsored poems have been posted.  Backchannel copies of other poems have been sent to their respective prompters.  The May perk-post for donors is on folklore.  I've also updated the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.  There will be a poll on Monday to choose which poems get published out of the general fund, which currently contains $20.

Donors for May include: marina_bonomi, the_vulture, ladyqkat, angela_n_hunt, janetmiles, laffingkat, natasiakith, and eseme.  Please give a cheer for new donors angela_n_hunt and natasiakith, who are partly responsible for the second freebie poem.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.