Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, winner
Paterson Poetry Prize, citation for previous finalists
Housatonic Book Awards, finalist, poetry
ForeWord Reviews Award, finalist, poetry
Featured on PBS News Hour’s Weekly Poem and Verse Daily
Reviewed in A Review A Week
Reviewed in Women's Review of Books
Beauty Mark, a poetry collection by Suzanne Cleary, was chosen by Kevin Prufer for the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Beauty Mark uses images and subjects drawn from American popular culture to find transcendent meanings in the natures of beauty, time, and especially, art—from the beauty mark of Miss Peggy Lee to the flavors in the Cheese-of-the-Month Club. Kevin Prufer writes, “These plainspoken poems are not merely conversational, nor are they in any way simple. Beneath their amiable, glistening surfaces are deep concerns…mortality, those qualities that define art, and our relationship to the divine.” Ilya Kaminsky writes that Beauty Mark “bewitches and stuns,” and Denise Duhamel calls Cleary “the real deal.”
Coming in November Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Enid Shomer Sweet Herbaceous Miracle is absolutely gorgeous writing. Attentive language, rich, provocative scenes with painterly...
Coming in November In Suzanne Cleary’s moving new book of poems, Crude Angel, the imagination enters into a tender dialogue with the world. Now the world has the last word, as wish gives way to fact, and now...
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