My first poem for the Tupelo Press 30/30 project is up!
That’s right, I’m writing a poem a day for the month of July and asking people to sponsor me in order to help support a nonprofit literary press.
I’m actually looking forward to having an excuse to carve out the time to write every day, on purpose, with intention. I already work full time as a therapist, so I’ve been getting up early and making time to edit, too, so it’s not just an afterthought that, frankly, my haiku practice last year sometimes ended up being. It’s fun to see what happens when I expect to write a full length poem everyday.
BUT I want your help.
If you donate (any amount at all) in my name, I’ll write a poem using (up to 10) words that YOU give me to use. Feel free to challenge me, I’m willing to sweat a little for a month!
If you want to see what that would look like, my second poem is also on the 30/30 poem project page. You’ll have to blame Alicia Elkort for this one…she donated and dictated four words for today’s poem and holey moley; were they ever tough! She and I met at a weekend workshop last November put on by Tupelo Press at Truchas, New Mexico. It was an amazing time with group leaders Jeffrey Levine (the driving force between much of what is Tupelo Press), Veronica Golos (who has since been to visit me in Kansas while promoting her new book, Rootwork: The Lost Writings of John Brown and Mary Day Brown) and the ever gracious and kind poet, Mark Doty. Another alum of that workshop, C.E. Emerson is also marathoning in July – he kind of talked me into it. Peer pressure, but in a good way!
Come take a look. What’s the dandelion image about? you’ll have to take a gander at my poem, tatterdemalion, to see the connection and while you’re there, read through the works of my fellow poets in crime! click here to read the marathon and scroll down the page till you see me!