Part poetry/part self-help, this book guides us to open our eyes to the details of life worth writing about and gives us tools to actually write about them. I picked this up and was immediately inspired. A great tool for the new poet and an affirmation to the veteran. Recommended by Rob— From Our Favorite Non-Fiction for Adults
“This is a practical guide for everyone to learn the requisite art of slowing down, becoming more curious in order to ‘nurture transformation and love limitlessly.’”
—Derrick C. Brown, author of Hello. It Doesn’t Matter., UH-OH, and How the Body Works the Dark
How do we deal with the heaviness of everyday living? When we are surrounded by uncertainty, distrust, and destruction, how do we sift through the chaos and enjoy being alive?
In Every Day Is a Poem, Jacqueline Suskin aims to answer these questions by using poetry as a tool for finding clarity and feeling relief. With provocative questions, writing practices, and mindset exercises, this celebrated poet shows you how to focus your senses, cultivate curiosity, and create your own document of the world’s beauty. Emphasizing that the personal is inextricable from the creative, Suskin offers specific instructions on how make a map of your past and engage with your pain to write a healing poem.
Poetry isn’t a magic cure-all that makes adversity vanish, but it does summon the wondrous and sublime out of the shadows. Suskin seeks to remind you how incredible it is to be alive at all, even when it hurts. Most importantly, Every Day Is a Poem reveals that we all have the ability to weave beauty and meaning out of otherwise difficult and overwhelming times.
About the Author
Jacqueline Suskin has composed over forty thousand poems with her ongoing improvisational writing project, Poem Store. She is the author of six books, including Help in the Dark Season. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Yes! magazine. She lives in Northern California. For more, see jacquelinesuskin.com.
“This book restores the present and possibilities to every reader as the gentle, brave practices frame poetry as both the starting point and the solution. Any moment can become a poem and your poem can open up whole new ways of thinking and feeling and being. Suskin’s tools create a way back into the self for the world-weary reader.” —Beth Pickens, author of Your Art Will Save Your Life
“It sounds naive, but it’s a beautiful truth that Suskin’s writing will make you feel either more alive or ready to take the steps to begin living in a state of justified awe. This is not a book of goopy wackadoo-woo-woo: this is a practical guide for everyone to learn the requisite art of slowing down, becoming more curious in order to ‘nurture transformation and love limitlessly.’ Get out your pickax and get ready to mine the wonders of this life on earth through the power of poetry.” —Derrick C. Brown, author of Hello. It Doesn’t Matter., UH-OH, and How The Body Works The Dark
“Jacqueline Suskin shows us poetry isn’t just an art form, it’s a way of seeing the world, and it can be learned. This is her transformative instruction manual for poetic writing, thinking, and healing. Suskin has an immense creative gift that cannot be replicated. But in Every Day Is a Poem, she patiently breaks down the parts of her process that can be replicated, and generously offers them to the rest of us. I wept with joy, relief, and awe while reading this book. It felt like I was seeing the inside of a clock I’d thought was operated by unlearnable magic.” —Hallie Bateman, author of What to Do When I’m Gone