Lydia Unsworth
Lydia Unsworth's Fundraiser

'A good poem is a contribution to reality' - Dylan Thomas

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I'm taking part in a poetry marathon to support Tupelo Press.

The idea is to write one poem a day for the month of June, which will then be published here online, with hardly enough time to regret it. This is a challenge not only in creativity and productivity, but also in terms of vulnerability and exposure. The time more usually needed to edit and reflect on the piece is denied the poet - the work is conveyor-belted out. I'm particularly excited by how this will change the writing experience for me, and the effect it will have on the finished (or somewhat less finished) pieces.

I have a scheme in place, and a theme and direction to hold the pieces together, allowing them to cohere to some degree, and also to be specifically made for and because of this project.

I may reveal my processes later should it seem appropriate or relevant, but for now, please enjoy responsibly and allow the words to do their mysterious thing.

Thank you so much for your support!


30/30 poems have been taken by over 90 journals and featured in over 40 published chapbooks, all so Tupelo Press can keep publishing exquisite and diverse voices that might never be heard otherwise.

Every dollar gives me confidence to write more, and helps the press place more poems in gorgeous books. Help me to help this distinguished press. Give today!