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Lettre Sauvage 2010 Chapbook & Broadside Comp + poetry by Judge Stephen Dunn

March 1, 2010

Second Lettre Sauvage Poetry Contest

The Second Lettre Sauvage Poetry Contest, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn,
is now accepting submissions.

First Prize: 100 chapbooks, letterpress printed on fine paper.

Second Prize: 75 broadsides, printed from a poem or excerpt selected by the judge,
letterpress printed on fine paper.

Entries may include one collection of poems or a single longer poem.
Limit 10-13 pages.

$10 entry fee. For submissions or inquiries please email or visit

Deadline is April 1, 2010. Prizes will be announced July 14, 2010.

I can personally vouch for Lettre Sauvage and publisher Fiona Spring. They do beautiful work and they are highly ethical. I encourage you to enter the contest and support the publication of poetry as fine art. And for more poetry, catch the Monday Poetry Train.

Windfall, a book of poems by Erin Bertram, is the winner of the First Lettre Sauvage Poetry Contest judged by Mark Irwin and will be available April 2010.

“Spring-blown & ecstatic, the avid speech of Erin Bertram’s poems awakens spirit to its core.”
-Mark Irwin

Learn more about contest judge Steven Dunn from his website.

I chose the following poem by Stephen Dunn because it is beautiful and because I’m still celebrating Valentine’s Day but most importantly because in letterpress the press and the ink “kiss” the paper and leave an impression on your mind, your heart, and your fingertips.

The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
She pressed her lips to mind.
	—a typo

How many years I must have yearned
for someone’s lips against mind.
Pheromones, newly born, were floating
between us. There was hardly any air.

She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.

Nothing like a woman who knows
to kiss the right thing at the right time,
then kisses the things she’s missed.
How had I ever settled for less?

I was thinking this is intelligence,
this is the wisest tongue
since the Oracle got into a Greek’s ear,
speaking sense. It’s the Good,

defining itself. I was out of my mind.
She was in. We married as soon as we could.
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“The Kiss,” from Everything Else in the World by Stephen Dunn. Copyright © 2007 by Stephen Dunn. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2010 11:02 pm

    It often starts with a kiss…
    Thanks for drawing attention to Lettre Sauvage.

  2. March 2, 2010 12:24 pm

    You’ve shared so many good things in this post. Thank you for all of this. :)


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