Today's poem is "Ring"
from Beauty Mark

BkMk Press

Suzanne Cleary was born in Binghamton, New York. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry London and The Atlantic, and in anthologies including Best American Poetry. Her previous books are Keeping Time and Trick Pear. Professor of English at the State University of New York at Rockland, she also teaches as core faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing program of Converse College.

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"Giorgio Morandi Spent His Life"

Suzanne Cleary's Website.

Suzanne Cleary According to Wikipedia.

About Beauty Mark:

"Suzanne Cleary’s Beauty Mark is a lucid, ambitious work that reflects a keen and sensitive mind, her ideas and images gleaned from the sensual, tangible world. She writes, “nothing lasts forever / except our desire for things to last forever”; but it is this poet’s determination to deeply probe her subjects and her ability to sustain the elegant, energetic line that keeps us tied to what shines in each poems humble discovery."
—Dorianne Laux

"The imperfect is our paradise,” Wallace Stevens reminds us, but how lucky we are to have in these poems of Suzanne Cleary another reminder. Here is a world where “dancing the polka is like walking / on a ship’s deck / during a storm . . . . / Each time the ship / tilts, you take two hop-like / steps in one direction . . . .” Against the odds, against the elements, the dance. “Beauty bedevils,” she tells us, “but the beauty mark bedevils beauty,” and this is exactly what Cleary’s lyric voice does in a book that bewitches and stuns."
— Ilya Kaminsky

"Suzanne Cleary’s Beauty Mark is gorgeously audacious, tender, vulnerable, and open. Her distinctive poems celebrate the quotidian life—the victories and mistakes, the historical and the anecdote. To paraphrase an old Panteen commercial: Don’t hate her because she writes beautiful poems. Suzanne Cleary is the real deal."
—Denise Duhamel

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