Adventures at AWP! Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train: What Poets Can Learn from Hitchcock

This panel featured several poets, including Ralph Angel, David St. John, and LA’s own Suzanne Lummis.

Lummis praised Szymborska’s ability to create suspense in a poem, sometimes even more masterfully than Hitchcock. Both artists created effective suspense by knowing when to withhold and when to reveal key information, like the presence of a bomb, whether it be in a boy’s bag or under the table at a dinner party.

David St. John discussed layers of narrative in Hitchcock and in poetry, and particularly

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