Day Eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project


My poem “Bent” has now been posted among the day eight offerings of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (9 poets have agreed to write 30 poems apiece in 30 days, to raise funds for Tupelo Press, a non-profit literary publisher). Many thanks to Stephanie Kaufman, who provided the title.


We’ve seen some version of the nail
curled over, its head angled at 90 degrees
or parallel to the body, just above…

To see the rest of the poem, click here

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “Cyborg Sky Burial,” thanks to the generosity of Atomic Geography. Please consider sponsoring a poem – Thursday and Friday are still open to sponsors. Conjure up a title (be creative, be weird, be gentle, be poetic), donate $10 to Tupelo Press, let me know what the title is, and I’ll write the poem. The  sponsored poems thus far have been a blast to write, and the titles have led me to poems I’d not otherwise have written. If you’re so inclined, please visit the 30/30 blog at: Donate to Tupelo. Scroll down to “Is this donation in honor of a 30/30 poet?” and select my name, “Robert Okaji,” from the pull down so that Tupelo knows to credit the donation to me. And please let me know as soon as possible what your title is.

For information on other sponsorships and their corresponding incentives, click here.

Thank you for your support! Only 22 poems to go!

6 thoughts on “Day Eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

  1. Hi. I just donated &25 under your name tho I think I said to make it anonymous. Could you please write a poem entitled When to Say Goodbye? Thanks. You don’t need to mention my name and you can choose whatever day works best for you.


    Sent from my iPhone; I’ll say it now: Damn auto-fill!!


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  2. “Bent” is one of my favorites in the project so far, Bob! I’ve just donated in honor of you and sponsored a title. (I figured you could use a softball after all the wild pitches you’ve been getting.) It’s included with the donor info. Looking forward to your coming efforts!)

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