Today's poem is "In The Passing Lane"
from Starfish

Twelve Winters Press

Pauline Uchmanowicz is a freelance writer in the Hudson Valley whose poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, Mudfish, Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Radcliffe Quarterly, West Branch, Z Magazine, and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English and director of Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz.

Books by Pauline Uchmanowicz:

Other poems on the web by Pauline Uchmanowicz:
Three poems

About Starfish:

"There's a secret life of things in Pauline Uchmanowicz's beautiful Starfish. Here, the ordinary, with gravity and whimsy, gives purchase to the extraordinary. It's a poetry of hard truths, with boys 'slender like slide rules,' and tuning forks 'strewn like discarded wishbones.' You should read this book."
—Andrea Cohen

"Pauline Uchmanowicz approaches her carefully chosen subjects from fresh and unexpected angles. She wastes no words, isn't afraid to feel deeply, and knows how to round out a poem to a satisfying finish. All these are abilities not usual nowadays. It's a tremendous pleasure to discover work so able and accessible. Starfish can only rate high among outstanding poetry books of its year."
—X. J. Kennedy

"Pauline Uchmanowicz writes in a poem about a girl 's 'attention poised I on the frontier that separates I matter from logic.' Those lines could be a definition of the poems in Starfish, and a definition of what good poems should do in general. These poems pay exquisite attention. They are strong, hyper-alert, and true. "
—Thomas Lux

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