Imagine a rambling old Spanish farmhouse at the foot of Montserrat. Exit the house, there are fig, plum, peach trees. There's a path up the mountain. El Bruc is the nearest town; families have lived here for generations. Barcelona is a 45-minute bus ride away. There's so much to do, there's no way not to create. Read what I did for a month here.
In February 2015, I completed Tupelo Press's 30/30. According to their website, a 30/30 is "an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets will run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way." I'd accomplished two running marathons, why not a poetry one? I did it, and raised more than $1k for the press.
Winner of the longest of my poem titles, On the Sidewalk by the Hospital I Find a Torn Corner of a Book Called 'The Problem of Pain' from the Chapter 'Human Wickedness', Page 59 & 60, was also the winner of Southeast Review's poetry contest, judged by Julianna Baggott, and published in vol 28.1. In addition to this poem, she selected A Brief History of Razor and Shaving as a finalist in the same contest. Read them both here.