Day One, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016


My poem “Nose-Picking Reese’s Hider” will be posted among today’s offerings of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (8 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 the anonymous donor who provided the title.

Nose-Picking Reese’s Hider

To paraphrase Williams, this is just to say
that I ate the Reese’s Cups, alone, in my room,
with glee – all of them – and I don’t care what
you say or think. I’ve been called worse things:

Click here to see the rest of the poem.

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “While Listening to Fleck, Hussein and Meyer, I Consider Children’s Book Titles, Hops and the Ongoing Search for Meaning.” The title is mine, but Stephanie L. Harper sponsored the poem and asked that I include the words “monstrous glisson glop” in the body of the poem. I’ll get you for that, Stephanie! 🙂

While title sponsorships are steadily dwindling, plenty of 3-word sponsorships remain. And remember, you can combine sponsorships to force me to use not only your title (can anyone challenge last year’s co-winners of Worst Title in the History of the 30/30 Project, Ron, Plain Jane and Mek?)* but also three words that I’d likely not use on my own.

The  sponsored poems are a blast to write, and the titles lead me to poems I’d not otherwise conceive. If you’re inclined to sponsor a poem, Donate to Tupelo, and please let me know as soon as possible what your title is or which three words you’ve foisted upon me..

For information on sponsorships (and my other incentives), click here.

Thank you for your support! Only 29 poems to go!

* The titles are, respectively, “Calvin Coolidge: Live or Memorex,” “Your Armpits Smell Like Heaven,” and “Reduce Heat and Simmer Gently Without Cloud Cover, Till Sundown. Serves 2 – 7 Billion.” “Nose-Picking Reese’s Hider” is definitely a strong contender for this honor.

29 thoughts on “Day One, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016

  1. I love how you incorporated William Carlos Williams into the piece, loved how perfectly you described the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. At home, I am trying to do the challenge myself. Let’s see how well it works out on the Trail

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