Day Fourteen, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

Egg by Charlotte. Photo by Cate Terwilliger.

Egg by Charlotte. Photo by Cate Terwilliger.

My poem “Latitude” has now been posted among the Day Fourteen 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 Cate Terwilliger, who sponsored and provided the title.


Sometimes it’s enough to know
that a chicken preceded this egg,

that some crossed the Atlantic…

To see the rest of the poem, click here

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “Cutting Down the Anniversary Pine,” thanks to the generosity of Greg Alspach.

I hope that the sponsored titles and my responses to them have been entertaining, but other sponsorship opportunities abound. For information on these and their corresponding incentives, click here.

“Name That Poem” sponsorships are still available for Tuesday and beyond. Conjure up a title (be creative, be weird, be gentle, be poetic, oh, heck, be mean if you wish), 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.

Thank you for your support! Only 16 poems to go!

21 thoughts on “Day Fourteen, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

    • Thank you, Carisa. I’m always apprehensive about releasing something to the world so quickly, but it’s been a fun and worthy exercise. The title sponsorships have helped me more than I ever expected. Let’s hope they keep coming in!

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  1. It’s difficult to change one’s process. I’ve been forced to adjust and write a different type of poem, to some extent, which has been intriguing. It will be interesting to see how I incorporate that into my regular routine and process.


  2. Love this one! Fun and easy and fluid. Did it emerge just like that or did you do some editing? I do admire you for staying with this project and, it seems to me, letting yourself go with the flow. You’re inspiring me to try 30 stories in 30 days – but it’ll have to wait until you’re finished as I’m having trouble keeping up with you. That’s the problem with going offline for a few days! Looking forward to reading your next ones.

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    • Thanks, Susi. It needed quite a bit of editing, but overall went rather smoothly (everything I write needs a lot of editing). This project has been fun and challenging, and the sponsored titles have helped more than I ever expected.


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