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


My poem “Tupelo TripTik” 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). I am grateful to Ken Gierke, who sponsored and provided this title, as well as last year’s “Pinecone on a Pedestal, Open Poet.”

Tupelo TripTik

If we fold the map just so, the journey’s path
shortens considerably. Sacramento enters the Hudson
Valley, Toronto meets Santa Fe, and Lee County,
Mississippi merges with Tupelo, Texas, joining music…

Click here to see the rest of the poem.

Tomorrow’s poem, “Lovely, Darling, Hot and Fair,” was sponsored by Mary Tang, who has also translated a number of my poems into Cantonese.

If you need something to read, 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 work, 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.

Title sponsorships and 3-word sponsorships are still available. And remember, you can combine the two (as in yesterday’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.

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

Thank you for supporting poetry! Only 22 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.

9 thoughts on “Day Eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016

  1. Well done. Finally, I understand how Tupelo ended up in Texas.
    I moved to Missouri from the Buffalo area four years ago, and just this summer drove to Buffalo,MO to visit a meadery. They say that Joseph Miles named it after his birthplace, Buffalo, NY, but now I wonder if your map was involved, somehow.
    btw – that map would save me some time when I want to visit family.

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    • Maps can be dangerous! There is a Tupelo, Texas, a farming community located outside the booming metropolis of Corsicana, which is known for fruitcakes. But crease the map properly, and you can ease on over to Tupelo, Mississippi or even Buffalo.

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  2. Today is your tomorrow. Thanks for the fruitcake 🙂

    I only recognise the name Tupelo as in the Van Morrison song, Tupelo Honey, also the name of the album, I think. One of my old favourites. Mine is in vinyl.

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