After reading the many submissions that arrived from coast to coast, the semi-sober judges of Six Ft. Swells Press, have unanimously chosen the winner of the 2014 Who Left Who Poetry contest! The last poem submitted minutes to the midnight deadline, stood out; alone like Achilles on the battlefield, a true poetry champion that caused us to raise our glasses high and remember that poetry can kick ass…you will certainly be seeing more from this poet. The Winner…Madeline Levy!!! We are proud to publish her and she will receive a signed copy of our latest release, “The Girl Who Left You” by Amber Decker. And now the winning poem:
The Glass is Always Half-Full, When It’s Not Around
As I drove through the Interstates,
I fell in love with you.
Your annoying habits
I started to admire the way
you yell in public.
Started to miss
closing the toothpaste cap
I had to cross
the Mason-Dixon line
how beautiful you are–
when I’m leaving.
Madeline Levy is from Fair Lawn, New Jersey currently living in New Orleans, LA. She’s a waitress at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club, where she barely ever spills wine on her customers. Her voice is commonly compared to Fran Drescher from The Nanny, and she’s still trying to figure out if that’s a compliment or an insult. When she’s not reading, writing, or laughing at her own jokes, Madeline enjoys successfully taking only one trip into the house with all her groceries, pretending to get references she’s never heard before and when her favorite coffee shop employee actually sees her putting a buck in the tip jar.
Madeline writes spoken word, and performs sporadically. Lately, she has been experimenting with shorter, meant-for-the-page-type poems. She was inspired by Todd Cirillo and his book “Sucker’s Paradise”, which made her feel all types a weird. In a good way!
Send us a poem or two that is 20 lines or less about the one who left you OR if you were the lucky one to leave them, to http://email@example.com with SUBMIT in the subject line and if chosen, you will receive A FREE signed copy of Six Ft. Swell’s new release, The Girl Who Left You by Amber Decker! As Al Swearengen says “Free Fucking Gratis!” The deadline is extended for your pleasure to midnight Monday October 27. C’mon all you poets out there…give us your passion or pain in 20 lines or less and you just might get something in return. We, at Six Ft. Swells Press, believe in returning the favor.
“Got this fantastic book of poetry today. I must say it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. With all the tears I’ve cried the past few days it was nice to laugh a little. Todd Cirillo totally love this. I’ll be rereading it later tonight with a nice glass of wine or a couple shots of rum or maybe both.
I to am a total sucker.” –April Barlow, Oklahoma Six Ft. Swells fan
True Testimony from another satisfied sucker! You all can pick up your New Years copy of Todd Cirillo’s “Sucker’s Paradise” on amazon.com along with all other illicit Six Ft. Swells titles; “The Distance Between” from Julie Valin and “The Coast is Clear” by Matt Amott. http://www.amazon.com/Suckers-Paradise-after-hours-poetry-Cirillo/dp/0985307528/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388721444&sr=8-2&keywords=todd+cirillo
Sucker’s Paradise. Ahhh…..
We have been raising the midnight cocktail to bring to you the long-awaited, new collection of After-Hours Poetry by the man who lives and breathes After-Hours–Todd Cirillo!
The poems in Sucker’s Paradise come hurling at you through the window, full of busted hopes and kisses to the cheek, humor and hangovers, and those tender moments that make us believe that paradise has been found…for now.
Poet Ann Menebroker calls Cirillo, “the disenfranchised poet of love,” and Bill Gainer says, “Cirillo’s poems remind us–the best bet is one we can’t afford. In Sucker’s Paradise he bets big–always on the heart…I love this guy.”
With the release of Sucker’s Paradise, Six Ft. Swells Press continues to publish the most original and accessible poetry written today, reaffirming their commitment to make poetry fun and accessible to everyone, reaching the far corners of bowling alleys, all-night diners, and taverns. The flags of Six Ft. Swells Press fly high indicating no quarter shall be given with this new release, and that’s just how they like it.
The book will be available October 1st on Amazon.com or at the official Six Ft. Swells Press release reading October 6th, at The Iron Door (downstairs of the Holbrooke Hotel) 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA along with the rest of the Six Ft. Swells catalog.