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This poem came out of the January 8, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] primeideal. It was inspired by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "time travel" square on my 1-2-13 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. You can find other poems in the series Tripping into the Future via my Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the September 8, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by LJ user dormouse_in_tea. You can read the original post on LiveJournal.

Here is a direct sequel to the traditional folk song "Tam Lin." It points out some character flaws and leaps of illogic that really should have been obvious from things specified in the original song.

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In the spirit of launching a new series, I'm posting this poem for the first time. It came out of the March 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user lilfluff about the willing sacrifices of adoptive parents.

This is a science fiction series, whereas a majority of mine are fantasy; I'd like to diversify a bit more, but what turns into a series depends equally on what I write and what my audience picks. It takes place in my main science fiction universe. The primary cultural background is Egyptian, based on the main character's home colony. From there, things get more hectic.

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This poem came out of the February 2012 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user siege about a rural commune with flexible sexual practices. It was originally posted on LiveJournal as the free perk for that session. Further comments and prompts quickly turned this into a series as people asked questions and requested characters of interest to them. You can read more about Hart's Farm on the Serial Poetry page.

This is history fantasy set in Sweden. Like many of my series, it draws on local culture, cuisine, terrain, and language. The setting is not just a backdrop but an inspiration for poems. There is a mix of cultural background, though, including Norse and Irish. One useful thing about this first poem is that it introduces an outside character coming to the farm for the first time, which makes it easier to describe things in a way that readers will understand. Hart's Farm is the place that people most often say they'd like to visit or live in, out of the settings in my series.

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This poem began with my post about "Always Chaotic Evil" races in fantasy, which led to LJ user marina_bonomi's thoughtful discussion. Together we came up with the core ideas for this piece of "sword and soul."

Basically, I looked at some standard tropes and decided that they were stupid, limiting, and boring; and that doing something different would be fun. So the dark-aspected "evil" and light-aspected "good" imagery is reversed, with the location in a fantasy-Africa instead of a fantasy-Europe. The objects of power, plot dynamics, problem-solving approaches, beauty standards, voice, etc. all derive from African perspectives, mainly Akan. In terms of poetic techniques, look for repetition, mythic imagery, and strong cadence -- all features typical of African poetry. Africa has a very strong oral tradition.

 

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This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was crowdfunded by a bunch of different people, and originally posted on my LiveJournal. While writing this poem, I did a bunch of research on Italian wildlife and culture. You can find the other poems in the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman on my Serial Poetry page.

One interesting thing is that this poem contains a number of cliffhangers between verses, and some of those came up during the crowdfunding process. That helped encourage more donations. After verse 12 is a notable one, and after 17 another. It's kind of fun to look for these potential cliffhangers in my longer narrative poems, and then watch to see if any of them activate depending on how the donations come in.

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This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user marina_bonomi, describing the main character and a steampunk background. It was sponsored by marina_bonomi too, and originally posted on LiveJournal. You can read more about The Steamsmith series on the Serial Poetry page.

The interesting thing about this is that it spawned, not just a poetic series, but an entire world. I spent weeks researching Victorian England, but also alchemy, the history of science, elemental systems, and global timelines. Nether-Earth is a place where the process of science still works, but the questions mostly have different answers. So the series is really historic science fiction with a steampunk flavor.

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Torn World is a science fantasy shared world about a place that was broken and is slowly mending itself. As the scattered shards of time rejoin, they leave behind dangerous remnants such as time crystals. The people in Torn World learn how to deal with these challenges, but that's a gradual process and it has some casualties along the way. As you read poems from this setting, you can see how the different cultures evolve over time.

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June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. The characters belong to the Duurludirj culture, a race of tough seafarers most of whom are dwarf-sized. This poem explores what happens when a time barrier falls early in their history, allowing access to new territory -- and new hazards. You can read the original post on Torn World.

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The Silk Road Allies tells of a world in which China and Italy became close friends. It started with a prompt that I left in a Poetry for the Masses session by LJ user thesilentpoet. From there it grew to include poetry by myself and LJ user marina_bonomi. Each of us has different relevant experience to add to this project.

This poem came out of the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was sponsored by Marina Bonomi. It reveals the roots of the alliance. This poem originally appeared on LiveJournal. You can read more about the Roman Empire, Roman legions, the lost legion, and Emperor Nerva online.

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This poem began with a prompt from [personal profile] jjhunter  about how, if everyone had wings, there would be people providing professional wing care. That got me thinking about the politics of ethnic hair and discrimination against African braiding in cosmetology. So I extrapolated what might happen with wings, and I looked up bird species (Jardine's Parrot and Red-bellied Parrot) from Africa to go along with this. 

The poem has proven very popular. You can read some feedback under the original post on Dreamwidth (the biggest discussion) or on LiveJournal, or under a signal boost on Poetree. See also the lovely sketch b[personal profile] onewhitecrow . The ideas and discussion points stuck in my mind. They emerged again during the October 2-3 Poetry Fishbowl through a cluster of poems about demons (the month's fishbowl theme), angels, and wings. None of those deal with the same characters or voice, and they haven't been sponsored yet. However, they share common themes and a subtle resonance that, in my mind, places them within the same world and series, now entitled Fledgling Grace. Visit my Serial Poetry page to see a description of the series and a list of the other poems. 

On a wing and a prayer... )
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Some of you folks already know me from previous hosting weeks or other activities on this community. For everyone else, hello, I'm Elizabeth Barrette, wordsmith for hire. I write a great deal of poetry, especially in my monthly Poetry Fishbowl project. I'm also active in the Crowdfunding Creative Jam, the Torn World Muse Fusion, and Schrodinger's Heroes projects -- all of which include some poetry. This week I'm going to talk about serial poetry in particular.

EDIT 1/21/13:  I'm reposting the complete set of these articles on my website under "How to Write Serial Poetry."

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