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

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My poem “The Three Disappointments of Pedro Arturo” has been posted among today’s 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 Paul Vaughan, who provided the title, and Clyde Long, who offered three words: klaxon, denouement and ichor.

The Three Disappointments of Pedro Arturo

The difficulty lies in denying the rest,
pretending the denouement remains unknotted
like that length of rope looped over the branch,
unable to serve its purpose. I regret nothing,
but wish that perhaps I had dangled my feet…

Click here to see the rest of the poem.

Tomorrow’s poem, “Tupelo TripTik,” was sponsored by Ken Gierke, who also provided the title for last year’s “Pinecone on a Pedestal, Open Poet.”

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

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.

If you can’t think of a title, Think Dink! A $30 donation will get you my 2015 chapbook If Your Matter Could Reform, Barton Smock’s Infant Cinema, Jamie Hunyor’s A New Sea, and Tim Kahl’s full length book, The String of Islands, thanks to the generosity of Dink Press founder and editor Kristopher Taylor!  A limited quantity is available, so order earlier rather than later.

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

Thank you for supporting poetry! Only 24 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.

22 thoughts on “Day Seven, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016

    • Christopher, if you click on my “see the rest of the poem here” link, and scroll down to the “donate”button, you’ll see contact info for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Challenge. Believe it or not, writing the poems is the easy part. Raising funds (and that is the purpose of this particular challenge) presents difficulties and can be time-consuming. But it’s also enjoyable – I love the participatory aspect.

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