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Genna Gardini’s Poem Wins DALRO New Coin Prize (Plus: Read “The Pot” and Other Winning Entries)

Alert! The winners of the DALRO New Coin Prize, awarded for the best poems that appeared in the literary journal New Coin, have been announced. Genna Gardini took first prize with her poem “The Pot”, while Jim Pascual Agustin’s “Village Potter’s Wife” came second and Megan Tennant’s “On a June day that I spent on the beach with two children” was awarded third prize.

Award judge Colleen Higgs commented on Gardini’s poem, saying that “while easy to read and follow, further layers of meaning and association rise from the poem, the more times I read it”. Gardini’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including, most recently, the short story collection The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories. She was listed as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans this year and in 2011 three of her poems were longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

The latest issue of New Coin, edited by Vonani Bila, is out now. Congratulations to the winners!

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Press release

There are three winners of the DALRO poetry prizes awarded each year for the best poems in the literary magazine New Coin.

First prize went to Genna Gardini for her poem “The Pot”. Genna is a Cape Town writer whose poetry has appeared in several national and international literary journals. DALRO Award judge Colleen Higgs said of “The Pot”: “I liked its strangeness, and the sharp decisive ending. Genna Gardini’s voice is playful and witty, and while easy to read and follow, further layers of meaning and association rise from the poem, the more times I read it. Her voice is strong and somewhat triumphant here, although there is humour and a slight sense of self-ridicule.”

Genna says that she is “delighted and surprised” to have won. Second and third prizes went to Jim Pascual Agustin for “Village Potter’s Wife”, and Megan Tennant for “On a June day that I spent on the beach with two children”.

The June 2013 edition of New Coin is just out and contains exciting new work from 24 poets including Kobus Moolman, Ari Sitas, Lesego Rampolokeng, Alan Finlay, Nadine Botha, David wa Maahlamela and Kelwyn Sole, as well as international contributors like Saut Situmorang and Raphael Urweider.


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Artslink has shared the three winning poems:

The Pot

This is what is sewn into the colon’s brick lining:
I, my own darling, am monstrous marvelous made.

I count out my turns from the curd in dog years.
I am many stamps due, and fixed like a snail
to the spine, fit to bloom.

I, bun-sum, will burn! I, signal, am post!
I’d fill myself fifty before I quash at that trough
which is the pit and the nucleus. Which is the back of your skirt.

The Ghost-Eater and Other StoriesLooking for Trouble

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