Poem #2: My Cousin, Stunt Double for Vivien Leigh

Scarlett’s famous tumble down the stairs was one of the scenes handled by Addie and the subject of today’s poem

Happy Sunday and welcome to Day 2 of my personal quest to write a poem every day in the month of April. Today, I am tackling the “persona” poem and the narrator speaks as Addie Hash Warp, a champion equestrienne and stunt double for Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and more.

I’m honored to be one of 9 poets participating in the 30/30 project on behalf of Tupelo Press. To see my poem for today, scroll down in the alphabetical list to read “Self-Portrait of Stunt Woman for Vivien Leigh Falling Down the Stairs.”

Although Addie and I never met (she passed away in 2008), she and I are distant cousins (through my grandmother Wilma Hash Thomas).  With a generous dose of poetic license, I imagine what it must have been like for a brief moment in Addie’s extraordinary life.

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month. If you’d like, you may also read my poem yesterday (scroll down the list to Day 1):  “Too Bad You Were Never Mine.”

Because I hope that my family and friends, fellow writers, and the subscribers of my blog believe in me, I’m hoping that you’ll read my work when you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome, because they inspire me to keep going!

Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work. I hope you consider supporting me, and supporting this amazing press I am representing this month.


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