Hunterdon Poets Workshop: MaryAnn L Miller


I have unzipped your mouth
so you can speak to me when
an idea comes
or whisper it on lined paper
brushing my fingers as I pick
up the pen you pushed out
on that first day–

and isn’t that the way
a mouth becomes an ear?
and then a hand
and who knows what will be
born next

About the Author

MaryAnn L Miller’s book Cures for Hysteria was published by Finishing Line Press (2018.) She has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Ovunque Siamo, Stillwater Review, Wordgathering, Kaleidoscope, International Review of African American Art, Passager, Journal of NJ Poets, and others. Her collaborative artist book Mother Monument was exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Miller is the Poetry Coordinator for the NJ Book Arts Symposium.

About the Hunterdon Poets Workshop

“It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur.” ~Wallace Stevens

“Imagination is the instrument of compassion.” ~Zbigniew Herbert

The Hunterdon Poets Workshop is a monthly (September-May) Sunday afternoon gathering of published and emerging writers in our community. Our dialogue on poetry crosses generations and cultures, as participants range in age from the early 20s to the mid-90s. Many bring drafts of poems to share or come for a poetry prompt. The workshop size is limited to eight, and members are always thoughtful and encouraging. It’s a privilege for me to help nurture the voices of talented poets and writers in our Workshop.

Vasiliki Katsarou, Instructor