My seven-part poem "Femincide/Fimicidio--The Murdered and Disappeared Women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico" and I are clapping are hands and saying, "We believed. We believed. We believed." The poem placed third in the 2009 Split This Rock Poetry Contest! For placing third in the contest, I will receive $250, receive free registration for the four-day "2010 Split This Rock Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness," Washington D.C., March 10-13, and have my poem posted on Split This Rock's Web site.
According to Split This Rock's Mission Statement:
Split This Rock believes that as citizens and artists, our obligation has never been greater. Our intent is twofold: To call poets to a greater role in public life and to bring the vital, important, challenging poetry of witness that is being written by American poets today to a larger and more diverse audience.
The goals of Split This Rock are:
1. To celebrate the poetry of witness and provocation being written, published, and performed in the United States today.
2. To call poets to a greater role in public life and to equip them with the tools they need to be effective advocates in their communities and in the nation.
Every poem has a home: on a page, in a literary journal, on a bus, in a writer's mind, on the Web, in a subway station or train car, in an anthology, on a billboard, on a broadside, or in a writer's notebook. I'm thrilled and humbled that "Femincide/Fimicidio ..." 's home is Split This Rock!
The poem will appear soon on the Split This Rock Web page: http://splitthisrock.org