Day Twenty-eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project


Tupelo Press still has a few openings for September’s 30-30 challenge. Leave a comment or email me for contact info. It’s well worth doing.

“With Summer Purpled Awe” is among the Day Twenty-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 Charlotte Hamrick who sponsored and provided the title.

With Summer Purpled Awe

No one wants to be forgotten
or remembered for the wrong reasons,
but how do we attain that sweet spot
between regrettable and a barred…

To see the rest of the poem, click here

Even though no more title sponsorships remain, please feel free to contribute to Tupelo Press! Every bit helps (even a dollar or two), and I’ve some other sponsorship opportunities, with corresponding incentives, listed here.

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 so that I may send a thank you and incentive gift your way.

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “Hunger is Hunger,” thanks to the kindness and generosity of the 1874: First Impressionist Exhibition blog.

Thank you for your support! Only 2 poems to go!

13 thoughts on “Day Twenty-eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

    • Thanks, Leigh. It’s good to be in the home stretch. As you know, I had doubts about my ability to produce so much so quickly. It’s not all good, but it’s honest! And I truly enjoyed working with the sponsored titles, even those that threw me for a loop (or two, or three). 🙂


      • It’s so hard to judge one’s writing, anyway. That’s probably a good thing–it takes on new form(s) for each reader, beyond our anticipation as writers. FWIW, I think you did a great, bold thing, Bob, with 30/31 days of poems. Just sorry I couldn’t contribute a little more than the minimum! Maybe I can buy a raffle ticket if there are any leftover broadsides! 🙂

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  1. You are never less than beautiful, Bob, unless you mean to be something other: funny, for instance, which you do less often, but equally well. But mostly, you are beautiful. I so appreciate your work, and thank you for it.

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  2. Good Lord, Robert! Most people would give something precious to be able to turn a phrase like “that song living at the edge of memory”. And you’ve been doing it on demand every day for a month now?!? Hats off to you, amico mio.

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