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://firstname.lastname@example.org 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.