BkMk Press Books

Beauty Mark

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Kevin Prufer

by Suzanne Cleary

Price: $13.95, 80 pages

ISBN: 978-1-886157-92-7

 

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

Cleary honored by ArtsWestchester's 50 for 50 Awards

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.” 

 

Published 2013

 

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