Day Thirty, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (last day, sort of)


“Pinecone on a Pedestal, Open Poet” is among the Day Thirty 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 Ken G. / rivrlogr who sponsored and provided the title.

Pinecone on a Pedestal, Open Poet

Look deeper. Within that grain, a mineral,
inside that word, a book
folding into itself,
leaf by leaf…

To read the rest of the poem, click here.

Even though today is the last official day of my participation in the 30-30 project, 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, which I will continue to honor over the next month.

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.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Luanne Castle, I have one final, sponsored title, “Synapses and Other Conjunctions,” which I’ll post here tomorrow.

Thank you for your support! Only one more day to go (again)!

14 thoughts on “Day Thirty, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (last day, sort of)

    • I’ve found it refreshing to work with these titles – they’ve forced me to look elsewhere, and perhaps even more deeply, into places I’d otherwise not have so readily approached. Having said that, I’m looking forward to working on some of the things I thought I’d write this month. 🙂

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        • That’s the philosophy that I’m following. Tupelo Press doesn’t consider the poems to be published. They’re drafts presented to the world for a short while. Of course this varies by publisher, too. Some don’t mind, others refuse to take anything that’s appeared anywhere, even on personal blogs. So it’s a hit and miss thing.

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          • I admit that it is one of the things that confuses me as I am just starting to submit work for publication. I have been avoiding putting anything on my blog that I hope to submit, even though my blog is teeny tiny without a lot of views. I do wonder about poems that have appeared in anthologies from our community workshop and that have then appeared on my blog. These tend to be early drafts because time is short, but it’s difficult for me to figure out how significant expansions or revisions must be in order for the poem to become eligible for journal submissions. I know I should probably query editors first, but I don’t like the thought of bugging them about it.


            • I bypass the dilemma by posting previously published poems or by not submitting the new pieces I post except to those publications that explicitly state they’ll accept such work. So the blog sees only a small portion of my new pieces.


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