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Unexpected Uses for Ordinary Things: January Poetry Fishbowl

Over on LiveJournal, ysabetwordsmith is doing her monthly poetry fishbowl. The theme this month is unexpected uses for ordinary things. You can leave prompts and donate to unlock the poems. (There’s still a little time left!) There’s also a freebie up.

Over on the Dreamwidth mirror, I left the following prompt:

If you stay alive long enough, everything ends up being useful at some point. Packrats and people with a knack for anticipating future usefulness, hanging on to seemingly useless objects until the critical moment. I would particularly love to see this in the Frankenstein’s Family verse, but anywhere would be lovely.

Which turned into the poem “Life Is an Improvisation,” so if you feel like tossing a few coins to the bard to help unlock it for everyone, I’ll be extra happy!

For a full explanation of the fishbowl concept, see Ysabet’s post. The short version is indie publishing at its best: readers want stuff, writers make it, money (or linkbacks like this post) support the writer so they post the materials.

Ysabet’s poetry is swell: diverse cast, smart science and magic, wicked sense of humor. Go. Read. Support.

Work Ethic

Let me say
I’ll take no more rest days

Let me break down
Reacquaint myself with scabbed knees
The busted knuckles and bloody teeth
Of my sharp-edged youth

Let me fall apart
Indulge in turning circles
A mind dizzy and heat-stroked
Running alien mathematics

Let me say
I’m done with dozing

Let me overthrow
The weights around my wrists
Flip the tables where
I’ve nodded off mid-word

Let me push back
The lazy ooze of good-enoughs
Shot through with hesitation
Fear of saying what I mean

Let me say
Today I work

Let me do it for good reason
Burnt up from lighting fires
Under this tired old ass
Turning circles into spirals

Let me feel the hurts
Cracking shins against deadlines
Dying of something better
Than overstaying my welcome

I’ll take no more rest days
I’m done with dozing
Today I work

(“Work Ethic” cross-posted to Tumblr)

Tricksters: October Poetry Fishbowl

Over on LiveJournal, ysabetwordsmith is doing her monthly poetry fishbowl. The theme this month is tricksters. You can leave prompts and donate to unlock the poems. There’s also a freebie up.

For a full explanation of the fishbowl concept, see Ysabet’s post. The short version is indie publishing at its best: readers want stuff, writers make it, money (or linkbacks like this post) support the writer so they post the materials.

Ysabet’s poetry is swell: diverse cast, smart science and magic, wicked sense of humor. Go. Read. Support.

ETA: I left a prompt about tricksters coaching timid little things in how to outsmart more powerful opponents. Ysabet wrote the poem “The Small and the Swift” to fill it.