Voices & Verses

National Poetry Month: “At the Dry Cleaners” By Yerra Sugarman

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by a poignant memory from childhood.

Poet Yerra Sugarman
Poet Yerra Sugarman

Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass. She won the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, the 2005 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Poetry Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, among other honors. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

A daughter of Holocaust survivors, Yerra Sugarman grew up in a community of survivors in Toronto, Canada, and that is where her poem, “At the Dry Cleaners,” is set.

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