Day Twenty-two, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project


Eight days to go, with three title sponsorships still available! Who will challenge Ron and Plain Jane for the worst title in the history of the Tupelo 30-30 Project? Can anyone rival Jeff’s title for length? Do I hear 80 words? A hundred? Or Stephanie’s for brevity (one four-letter  – but not that kind of four-letter – word)? Anyone?

“Setting Fire to the Origami Crane (the One Floating on Muscongus Bay) at Sunset” is among the Day Twenty-two 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 Jilanne Hoffman, who sponsored and provided the title.

Setting Fire to the Origami Crane (the one floating on Muscongus Bay) at Sunset

Who is to say which comes first, the flaming crane
or the sunset’s burst just over the horizon

and under the clouds? There are causes and causations,
an illness named bad air and another attributed to wolf…

To see the rest of the poem, click here

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “Ode to Being Placed on Hold,” thanks to the kindness and generosity of artist/writer Mary “marso” of the blog “marsowords.”

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 Wednesday through Sunday. 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 8 poems remaining!

18 thoughts on “Day Twenty-two, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

  1. “Hunger is Hunger” from the following excerpt from a Marx early writing: For example, “hunger is hunger, but the hunger satisfied by eating a meal with a fork and knife is different from the hunger that devours raw meat with the aid of hands, nail and teeth.” Can’t wait!

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