I hope all of you are having an enthralling autumn. Soon the leaves will become a florid amalgamation of yellows, reds, oranges, and browns. Autumn is a season that inspires many poets, from Keats to Stevens and countless others. Perhaps the chill on the exterior prompts them to look inward and seize the riches beneath the surface of their creative depths, or chances are the explanation is much less highfalutin and much more quotidian and commonplace. However, this November, I am embarking on a personal challenge.
I’m participating in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Challenge in which I, along with several other poets, will write a poem per day for thirty days and publish it on their website. Tupelo Press is a small publishing house that publishes contemporary poetry, translations, essay collections, and literary fiction. The press brings the work of exceptional writers to the general public, but they do not have endless marketing resources of publishing giants such as Random House and HarperCollins, so the 30/30 Challenge is a way to generate revenue and cultivate awareness for the important work that they do.
If you feel inclined to help in this endeavor you can donate here: (https://tupelopress.networkforgood.com/projects/39802-kenneth-west-s-fundraiser). Your donation would not only help Tupelo but also give me encouragement and validation as I challenge myself. I hope you will consider giving a few dollars to this worthy cause, but if you are not able to, the poems will still be available for you to read at tupelopress.org.
I appreciate all of you and your support of this blog. Until next time, stay bright, my shining stars!