The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project for August

Yes, the world has gone stark, raving mad. Someone, somewhere has made a terrible mistake, and accepted me as a participant in the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project for August.

What’s that you say? I already write a poem every single day?

Well, you’re right about that.


for the entire month of August, you (yes, YOU) can provide the fertile seeds from which will spring my fevered verse. And, in the process, you can support Tupelo Press in their endeavors to keep independent presses viable, giving writers of all kinds a place to voice the things only they can voice, and reach audiences that they might not be able to engage with on their own.

So, here’s a link to my donation page. There’s a current picture of me. Very, very rare.

And here’s what you can hope to get out of me this month for your support:

  • Pick the Title—For $15, you provide me with a title and I will write a poem about it. Yes, the poem will in some way relate to the title, unlike many of my usual poems. Yes, your title can be whatever you pick.
  • Pick the Words—Also for $15, three words of your choosing will somehow be magically incorporated into a poem.
  • Collab—Another measly $15 will give you the option of writing the first half of a poem, up to five lines, and I will complete you endeavor in my stylish… style.
  • Listen to My Words—For only $25, pick one of the first three options and I will throw in, for a nominal surcharge, a recording of my voice reading that same poem. Two out of three listeners can’t tell the difference between my voice and a burlap sack full of rabid badgers.
  • Put it in Writing—Also for $25, you can pick any one of the first three options and I will send you a physically typed on actual paper copy (including smudges and typos) of the poem you have selected.
  • Kitchen Sink—For $30 you can pick any of the first three options and receive Listen to My Words and Put it in Writing benefits AND save $5. I feel like a KickStarter.

Did you scroll all the way down here, and you’re exhausted by the possibilities and lack the stamina to scroll up to that link? I’ve got you covered. Just move your mouse. Just a little right >here<. Doesn't that feel better?

Day 21/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170821)

i wake, a drop of water
trying to….


My poem tumbled is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

Now, we are in the last third of this race. I’m not above asking for your support. since I’ve done it before. Anything you can contribute really goes towards making poet’s voice gain a little volume in this world. Or, if you’d like a different metaphor, our voices turn down the volume on the rest of the world and let people listen to the rhythm in their own heads and lungs and hearts. Tupelo Press is an indie publisher, and they could use your support.

the only dog i have in this fight
is the same dog you have in this fight

Day 19/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170819)

in the hardware store
i stop myself
from buying the dark glasses
guaranteed to make….


My poem eclipse is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

We are 2/3 of the way through the challenge, my friends. I want to thank all of you for your visits and support. It means a lot to me. And I’m sorry I haven’t been very present this month. Next month I’ll be in my normal mode.

Day 17/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170817)

i dreamed i was a bear….


An actual bear. My poem fur coat is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

I have twelve (12) [xii] spots left, just enough for some apostles to sponsor some poems. So, don’t be shy! Tupelo (and I) will thank you for it.

Day 15/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170815)

unable to panic
when the jet fuel starts to burn….


Don’t stop now. Read the whole thing. My poem normalcy bias is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

Note: I was made aware of the normalcy bias from a book (I’m listening to the audio version) titled You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney. I endorse this book, as well as his podcast.

Day 14/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170814)

given no tail to wag
it is hard for you
to tell me….


Want to read more? You can. My poem while given no tail to wag is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page. Check it out like a book from the library.

This prompt is brought to you by Jazz Jaeschke. Jazz is new to my site, but I’m very excited to give her this poem. Jazz, thanks for sponsoring me!

Almost half through and you still have time to can sponsor me Check out Go to Tupelo Press’ Project 30/30 page for more details.

in which i make good on a promise to deliver the audio equivalent of the wild kingdom’s fight club, complete with badgers

They said I was mad. Mad! But I told them I would do it.

Here is my audio recording of my poem “while skydiving, i contemplate the inner ear, stalactites, the half-life of monamine oxidase inhibitors, why i consistently burn my bacon, and whether the chute will open” which you can read (in less time that you took to read that title) at Tupelo’s 30/30 Project page.
Look for Day 10 and the longest title on the page.

Part of the deal was that I would include an audio recording for Robert Okaji in exchange for his sponsoring (and titling) this poem. You can see his site here.

while skydiving

She’s No Betty Grable: An Audio Interlude

My poem for Day 7 of the Tuple 30/30 project can be read here, but you can listen to it on this very page.

You get to hear it because I was told that I had to go first by my poet friend Pleasant Street, if I wanted to hear her read one of her recent poems. If that’s not old school, I don’t know what is.

She’s No Betty Grable.