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05 February 2013 @ 03:00 pm
It's fishbowl time at Ysabet's!  
It's the first Tuesday of the month, which means it's Fishbowl Time at ysabetwordsmith's place.

This month's theme is:
"mature and old adults." I'll be soliciting ideas for middle-aged characters, seniors, their descendants, their friends, objects associated with maturity, signs of respect, places where mature or senior people congregate, unexpected places to find older folks, societies in which elders are honored, societies that are falling apart because elders are NOT honored, ways in which elders solve problems differently than younger people, challenges particular to mature or senior adults, how resources change as one ages, dealing gracefully with old age, beating old age over the head with a stick instead, ways in which mature or older bodies are beautiful, 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.

One of my prompts for this month was, "Shaped verse -- increasing and decreasing lines -- feels like an apt metaphor for human life."

If there is a new prompter or a new donor, we all get an extra freebie poem. (The first freebie has already been posted: "A Leaf Falls")

Go feed the fish!