The Blue Lynx Prize
Postmark deadline: May 15, 2017
The Blue Lynx Prize, $2,000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a US resident or citizen. Send manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $28 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to Lynx House Press, P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210, or submit online via Submittable. Please make checks payable to Lynx House Press.
The 2016 winner was Ralph Burns for his collection but not yet. Past judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, and Kathleen Flenniken. More details at www.lynxhousepress.org.
Please enjoy "Unfinished Figures" by Dave Nielsen, our 2015 winner, from his book of the same name.
In Frederic Bazille's "The Terrace at Meric,"
the outline of a woman
sitting on a bench:
ghost-like, in the shade
of a very straight trunked tree:
you get the picture
it is the outline of a dream.
And the shade of the tree is dark,
in contrast to the hot sun
on the oleander bushes,
so that the woman becomes
a dark thought.
And there, in the window,
at the far back of the world,
in the window of the big house,
this one not as sharp, so that it seems
there was one ghost the artist was sure of,
and then one that he wasn't.