A Poem a Day

...lovely and electric...
[from a winner of the National Poetry Series]

Poem a Day Project

On March 18, 2000, I decided to end a lengthy poetry-writing slump by writing a poem a day. With only a few missed days here and there I've kept it up until now. After 8 years of writing this way, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not really a very good poet. I had ambitions to use the material produced this way as material for submissions to poetry journals, collections that I'd submit to contests, etc. Instead, I've dribbled out some of the poems to a magazine here and there, and published a very humble chapbook. I've decided to put the yearbooks up on this site. Here they are:

Sharp Tone (2000–2001) [pdf]

Noisy, Smells Strongly, or Can’t Be Aligned (2002) [pdf]

For Stone Is Stubborn (2003) [pdf]

Limitations on Framing the Question (2004) [pdf]

Café Jitters (2005) [pdf]

Not a Gate of Hell But Its Doorknob (2006) [pdf]

Metaphor Police (2007) [pdf]

Shared Fraud (2008) [pdf]

Donate Here (2008) [pdf], poems from Squaw Valley 2008

Lies and Their Falsehoods (2009) [pdf], including a draft of the novel Traditional Salvation

Everything I Mean Everything (2010) [pdf]

Imagine Writing This; Imagine It's About You (2011) [pdf]

Nothing Else / Nothing More (2012) [pdf]

A Life Spent on the Trampoline of Amnesia (2013) [pdf]

The Romance of Homelessness (2014) [pdf]

Dunking Distracted Sardines (2015) [pdf]

The Authority of the Air Conditioner (2016) [pdf]

The Half-Deep-Fat-Fried Ship-Towed Long-Range Acoustic Detection System (2017) [pdf]

I know you're loath to comment on the work, but I would really appreciate it. Send comments to Hey here.