Day Twenty-eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016


My poem “After Reading That Dogs Relieve Themselves in Alignment with the Earth’s Magnetic Field, I Observe and Take Notes” is 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 Susan Nefzger (Seeing Beyond the Ordinary), who provided these three words: fireflies, dancing, twilight.

After Reading That Dogs Relieve Themselves in Alignment
with the Earth’s Magnetic Field, I Observe and Take Notes

Perhaps Ozymandias is an anomaly. He shows no
preference for the north-south axis while pooping,
and may hedge his bets slightly to the east when
urinating, especially at twilight. Clara the miniature…

Click here to see the rest of the poem.

Tomorrow’s poem, “Can’t I’m Booked,” was sponsored by Joanna Drake, who dedicates this poem “to Cecille Marcato whose love for poetry and tango with words and form is a beautiful sight to behold.”

THERE ARE STILL OPENINGS FOR SEPTEMBER’S 30/30 CHALLENGE! If you’ve considered participating but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. There are rewards beyond producing thirty poems a day…

The  sponsored poems have been a blast to write; the titles and 3-words have led me to poems I’d not otherwise have conceived. Thank you all for helping make this such an enjoyable month.

If you still want to donate, other opportunities remain:

For a $15 donation, I’ll send you a signed copy of one of my 30-30 poems. Your choice!

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!  I hear that Kristopher Taylor is providing a little something extra with the collection. You can read about it here, thanks to Ken at RIVRVLOGR.

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

Thank you for supporting poetry! Only 2 poems to go!


17 thoughts on “Day Twenty-eight, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016

  1. I have always been directionally challenged, and though I couldn’t find my way out of a wet paper bag, I’m more lost than ever these days since my basset hound, Nelly, left this dimension last week — you might say she was “my North, my South, my East and West.” In any case, her primary orientation was toward omnipresence (much like your poetry!), as evidenced by her prolific deliveries of “pee-mail” (as my husband called it) throughout the neighborhood, which Sydney, our cattle dog, still seems to be stopping to peruse…
    Anyway, I find this one especially touching, though not surprisingly so, as there’s no surer way to my heart than my penchant for potty humor. ❤

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    • Oh, Stephanie! I’m so sorry to hear about Nelly. I was happy to write this poem, if only to reminisce a bit about all of our dogs, who have taught me much over the years. Our pooches have always stopped at the same “bulletin boards.” I’ve always wanted to know what they’re reading. 🙂

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