New 30/30 Set

Well, I’m back at it. I’ve done 4 poems for the Tupelo Press 30/30 and they are up, at least for the time being and before I start really revising them here. Over the next few days, I’ll post my thoughts about my new drafts.

The trick here is I might double up on a few days. I’ve got three really busy aikido weekends coming up and that will take much of my time. If you’re around the Boston area on April 13 and are an aikido practitioner, please consider the Harvard Aikikai’s seminar. Detail can be found at our EventBrite page.

Please also consider sponsoring me in this 30/30 challenge. I am offering a few gifts if you do. See my earlier post for more details. And now, on with the show!


For Day 1, I wrote a piece titled “The Wetland.” I started April by forgetting my phone at home and rushed home to get it before getting on the morning bus. Neighbors must have thought I was crazy. The mornings are often noisy and it’s easy to get distracted. But just before I got back in my car, I stopped to take this picture and to listen to the birds and the silence between them. Meditation is often best when you listen to the noise of the silences, and that’s the moral of the story.

For Day 4, I wrote a poem in honor of my first donor and classmate, Lori. She is also an Idaho resident. When we were doing our MFA’s all those (ahem) years ago, I started taking road trips. I hadn’t done any as a college student because, well, I was on an island. On one of the earlier one, my brother came along and we drove through the Idaho panhandle. At one point we talked about all these little towns we passed through that we didn’t stop at and weren’t going to. At that moment we were passing through Wallace, Idaho. When I mentioned it to my classmates later, I heard some interesting stories about that town. In any case, that town still represents the freedom of the open road and being young enough to appreciate that.

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