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


“Waiting for the Windshield on the Freeway” 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 the title’s sponsor, Leigh Ward-Smith, whose generosity and good nature never ceases to amaze me.

Waiting for the Windshield on the Freeway

Take velocity into account, figure height and distance,
add trajectory plus time, then let her rip. Billy likes solid
paving stones, while I prefer hollow cinder blocks. Karen
chooses traditional red bricks, as she lacks the upper body…

Click here to see the rest of the poem.

While this is indeed the 30th of 30 poems, I’ll post one more tomorrow, thanks to the generosity of Ken Gierke, who sponsored a 31st title: “I Look for You with Satellite View.”

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’ve enjoyed reading the participating poets’ daily poems and would like 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.

Or simply click here.

Thank you for supporting poetry! Only one more to go!


24 thoughts on “Day Thirty, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, August 2016

  1. !!!
    Why do I have the feeling I’m going to be hearing the sounds of shattering glass, screeching tires, crunching metal, and the dull thud of a body landing in a ditch, accompanied by an echo-y flashback-like rendition of Dueling Banjos over-dubbed with a creepy adolescent girl’s laughter in my dreams tonight?

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  2. I enjoy reading you more than any poet handed to me in college. Who compiles the literature anthologies, and why aren’t you headlining? An amazing accomplishment to all the writers who worked with you this month! Thank you for the free stuff. Keep it all! Do not doubt your archive!!!

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    • The August group of poets was great – really engaged, committed. And wow! Some of the poems produced were stupendous. Am really pleased to have made their acquaintance. And thank you, Ron, for your kind words and support.


  3. I found it! Prompted by you post about publication. I really enjoyed it- it had more of a story feel- and quite a different voice and style to your usual. It was surprising to read something so unapologetically wrong and cruel when your words are often gentle and insightful…

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