August 3, 2021 –
On August 1, 2021, Tupelo Press kicked-off their 30/30 Project for August 2021, where 11 poets, including myself, will be challenged to write one poem a day for 30 days in an effort to not only hone our crafts but also raise money for this amazing indie press. The idea is to get “the bones down” with our daily submissions with the knowledge that said pieces will be “works in progress” and likely in need of further revision. In a way, the project offers readers the opportunity to view the writers’ processes in ‘real time’ and follow pieces from their inception to their ultimate completion and publication.
This is a new experience for me–releasing my little darlings for public posting before they are truly ready to fly the proverbial coop. Nonetheless, the point of this is to start writing and challenge my brain to think creatively, again, and find art in the world around me. Having said that, I have already submitted two pieces, “Meadowlark” (posted 8/2/21) and “Pomegranates” (posted 8/3/21) to get things rolling. I have never been one to incorporate a lot of nature into my work, but that seems to be changing a bit as of late. Who knew? I also am feeling drawn back, again, to my love of the Classics (which is evident in the pieces).
If you would like to not only provide encouragement to me during this challenge but also support Tupelo Press, please visit my donation page (https://tupelopress.networkforgood.com/projects/133342-david-estringel-s-fundraiser) and pledge $1, $3, or $5 per poem. Tupelo Press and I truly appreciate the support.