Barbara Ungar – Ars Poetica


I love to comb
a poem the way
girls do their dolls’
hair singing
as I brushed
and braided mane
and tail curried
every inch
of the pony
I owned only
in words and rode
naked through town

from Save Our Ship (The Ashland Poetry Press, 2019)

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Barbara Ungar
Barbara Ungar’s fifth book, "Save Our Ship", winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 and won a Benjamin Franklin award in the Independent Book Publishers Awards. Prior books include "Immortal Medusa", named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015; "Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life"; "Thrift"; and "The Origin of the Milky Way", which won the Gival Prize and a silver medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. A professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, she lives in Saratoga Springs.