Dream of Myself

looking in a mirror
swathed in black lace

human shape translucent
and pulsing like a jelly-

fish   heart and womb
shining through like the Visible

Woman’s   wondrous as
the Piglet octopus

with its crown of tentacles
and saucer eyes or

the pocket shark shaped
like a palm-sized sperm whale

the caterpillar fringed
like a Mardi Gras float

or Uncle Walt marveling
at how his ankles bend

Never worry about beauty again
You too are God in drag





Barbara Ungar’s Save Our Ship won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019; it also won an IBPA Ben Franklin Award and was a Distinguished Favorite of the IPA. A chapbook, EDGE (named for the EDGE lists of Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species), has just arrived from Ethel Press. Prior books include Immortal Medusa; Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life; The Origin of the Milky Way; and Thrift. A professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, she lives in Saratoga Springs.

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