The Power of Not Knowing:


Robert Frost famously declared, “No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”  His statement sounds convincing, but how exactly do you manage to surprise yourself when writing a poem? Isn’t surprising yourself as impossible as tickling yourself? 

In this generative workshop we will write from several prompts* designed to produce poems that surprise us with new subjects, new perspectives, new voices. Upbeat and supportive feedback will reveal the utility—and the fun—of writing in order to discover what you do not yet know.

Get ready to be surprised at the degree to which this approach enlivens and deepens your poetry.

* several prompt-poems will be sent by e-mail to each registrant before the workshop.

BIO: Suzanne Cleary’s most recent poetry books are Crude Angel, published in 2018 by BkMk Press (U of Missouri-Kansas City), and Beauty Mark (BkMk Press 2013), winner of the John Ciardi Prize. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Suzanne’s other awards include the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2nd Prize), and fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. Her poems appear on PBS and PoetryDaily, and in anthologies including Best American Poetry, The Forward Book of Poetry 2022, and Ice on a Hot Stove, and in journals including The Atlantic, Southern Review, Poetry International, and Poetry London. A member of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, she teaches in the Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She was one of one of four finalists for 2021 THE MOTH Poetry Prize. She is seeking a publisher for her new book manuscript, Worry Stone. For further information please visit Suzanne’s website.

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