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Good Things Come In Threes

September 20, 2011

Japanese flower arrangers doing Ikebana (Japanse bloemschikkers bezig met Ikebana)
Nationaal Archief Holland.  Photo Courtesy of Flickr: Commons


Yes, we feel you watching and waiting for “Girls Will Be Women.”  To pass the time, we offer a small interlude before dirtcakes Issue Number Three arrives in print.

Consider this: In creative endeavors, there’s a magical quality to the number three.

For example, floral arranging has Ikebana, a Japanese discipline where the practitioner uses a plant’s blossom, stem, and leaves to design an overall triangular form.

Artists and photographers divide scenes into imaginary grids of three lines – both horizontal and vertical.  Images with the most visual interest and tension are created when there’s a balance of empty space with a focal point within each third.

Writers too are well-versed in The Rule of Three. One of the most basic structural breakdowns used to describe a story is that it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Plays and films use the three-act structure.  Character threesomes appear ubiquitously. Think of  The Three Musketeers, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And then these three characters interact while they try and fail, then try again and fail differently, and finally succeed, or fail, spectacularly depending.

So it seems only natural that we here at dirtcakes are especially excited to pause and reflect on the beauty of three as we await our third print edition.

In our first year, we published two print editions, sponsored a Poetry Contest and a Poetry Reading to Benefit the St. Lucia Red Cross, and featured an emerging writer’s take on becoming the voice for a new generation.

Our writers represent Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Ireland, India, Japan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.  More importantly, each writer and photographer was paid for his or her work, a rarity in the literary magazine publishing world.

If you’d like to support what we do here and own your own copy of these first two editions, please click on “The Hunger Issue” and “School Me” links on the home page.  We still have some back issues available for sale.

Our next issue, “Girls Will Be Women,” will feature the winning entry from our First Annual Poetry Contest.  We couldn’t be happier to introduce you to Leah Greene’s poem, “Beningo Street–Wife.”  It was selected and read by Lynne Thompson as part of the dirtcakes co-sponsored fundraiser for St. Lucian victims of Hurricane Thomas.

Lastly, we’ll open submissions up again soon as we look for contributions to our “Oh Baby” issue, Dedicated to Goal #4: Reduce Infant Mortality.

But that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Right now, it’s time time to balance the finishing touches of Issue Number 3.

      De kat op de koord. Photographer: Storem.       Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Maude Larke permalink
    September 25, 2011 4:01 pm

    So is this your way of saying that you have already made your choices for “girls will be women”?

    • October 1, 2011 6:38 am

      No, not yet. But we are in the throes of the editorial process. Thanks for being patient. We hope to have everyone notified within two weeks.

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