The Million-Line Poem from Tupelo Press

Right about this time in April, poets near and far are gasping at the well — so much poetry — so many invitations — so many readings —

It’s my first year as a poetry public official (hah!) and I was not prepared. How could poetry — that fleeting energy I love with all my being turn on me with her talons and rip my heart and lungs right out? I don’t think poetry did it to me on purpose — poetry just wants to be loved like the rest of us. Anyway — there must be a poem in there somewhere —

Fortunately for me, there is a place you can go to read the world’s longest poem. It just seems right at the end of Poetry Month. Tupelo Press has some very cool projects, and one of them is “The Million-Line Poem.” Anyone can submit a couplet (two lines of poetry) and they publish the ones they like. There are several repeat offender poets, and I’m even in there. Today is Day 646 of the project and the lines (submitted by V. Jane Schneeloch from Springfield MA, and which I love) are:

From strips of pain
she fashioned a thick coat.

What would you write in response to them?

(The Raquel Welch movie poster is in no way associated with Tupelo Press or its poets — I don’t think — but sometimes you just have to make yourself laugh — when poetry is hurting, try Raquel Welch movie posters.)

Million-Line Poem, Day 588

This is an awesome project from Tupelo Press, and my couplet has been accepted into their Million-Line Poem (Day 588).

Tupelo Press

See the Million-Line Poem in progress here!

Today’s lines of inspiration:

The scurrying mound of skunk, found by swerving lights,
lent his peppery smell to the quick rain. It was a good night.

(Jennifer Swanton Brown, Cupertino, CA)


If you’re just joining us now, you can read more about the Million-Line Poem and how to participate here

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