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Sand and Traffic
Sand and Traffic
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Pauline Powers Uchmanowicz - Author
Codhill Press
Price: $10.00 
Paperback - 32 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN13: 978-1-930337-16-9



From “Knee Deep in Mud My Mother”

Would you be so terrifying

uncoffined, dried earth caked on your calves,

disintegrating in a field among weeds

like an animal whose death

makes a place large and strange?

Uchmanowicz’s poetry lives in its form and its formalism enlivens the line and space between images “in perpetual flight.” Breathless accents, a parade of local color, deep sympathy with existence, the work is a continual reaffirmation of the poet’s need for life.

“Uchmanowicz portrays a ‘year-rounder’s’ Cape Cod of fickle weather, untimely deaths, and gritty sensuality. Her taut, precise poems are vivid enough to grab a reader at first sight and rich enough to reward a second reading.” — Chronogram

Pauline Powers Uchmanowicz is Associate Professor of English and director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her poems and essays have appeared in many national publications, including Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, Mudfish, The Massachusetts Review,and Z Magazine. She has published scholarly articles in College English, Writing Program Administration, Literature and Psychology, and elsewhere. In addition, Uchmanowicz is a widely published freelance writer in the Hudson Valley and a food columnist for The Woodstock Times. She was recently awarded a SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Table of Contents

This Is Our World

Wet Bathing Suit


For a Deaf Child’s Sixth August

Beachside Burial

Woodstock Sculpture

Swimming Hole


Knee Deep in Mud My Mother

The Motion

Visiting Rights

Doing “The Loop”

Brush Burning


Queen of the Pickpockets

Erroll Schneppor’s Midnight Snack

Tin Can Trout

Flowers, an Empty House and a Breakfast Roll

Explication de texte

the lower case


Pine Cone

Black Angel

Love and Traffic

In the Passing Lane

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