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Leah Green Announced as 1st dirtcakes Contest Winner at St. Lucia Fundraiser

April 17, 2011

Congratulations to Leah Green. Her winning poem, Beningo Street–Wife, was selected and read by Lynne Thompson as part of the dirtcakes co-sponsored fundraiser for St. Lucian victims of Hurricane Thomas.

The reading and silent auction held at Chapman University, was part of a series of events celebrating National Poetry month, organized by Professor Anna Leahy and her organization Tabula Poetica. Further thanks to all who helped donated their time and/or funds to the evening.

Beningo Street-Wife will be featured in the upcoming issue of dirtcakes. Fittingly, though not purposefully, the theme of that issue is Girls Will Be Women, and focuses on issues central to women specifically, and gender generally.

The poem presents the fragile, surreal perspective summoned when one meets, as on a deserted plateau, a mind that has fallen—through age or accident—or perhaps never achieved the intellect most take for granted. It does so with a fluid surprise and strength, and we at dirtcakes are overjoyed Leah chose to send it to us. Here are the first four lines of the poem:

Fermina looked at me without seeing that I could see her.

I was a new thing in her house,

in the mornings sitting across from her, braless in the sunlight

that came rectangular through the doorframe where the young cats curled.

Lynne Thompson and Catherine Keefe

Organizer Natalie D'Auvergne and Lynne Thompson

Anna Leahy

Steel drummer

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2011 5:20 am

    ditcakes rocks! Thank you for being part of Poetry Week 2011.

  2. AphroditeAres permalink
    August 5, 2011 8:24 pm

    Thanks, dirtcakes for your support in making this event possible and congratulations to you Leah! Lovely poem!

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