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Barbara Ungar's most recent book, Immortal Medusa, was chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Books of 2015 and won the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) Poetry Award. Prior books include Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Prize, an Independent Publishers Silver Medal, a Hoffer award and also the ACW Poetry Award. A professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, she teaches literature and creative writing. .
Quoth the Queane
By Barbara Ungar



                There would be nothing missing from my happiness had I always been missing
                a wife...All husbands know this.
                        —Foreoneus, King of the Greeks, qtd in Walter Map


I’ll quash your quietude.

I’ll quibble till you quiver.

I’ll question your quality.

I’ll quarrel till you quake.

I’ll quicken without a qualm.

I’ll quell your quest.

I’ll quench your quirks.

I’ll quiet your quandary.

I’ll queer your quickie.

I’ll quarry you a new quarry.

I’ll quilt your quietus.

This the quintessence of the quotidian?

I quit.
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"Barbara Ungar is a master weaver of lyricism and narration. She creates dreamlike, otherworlds that I want to delve into and never return from. ​She writes in ethereal beauty, whether it's in NYC or on the beach, capturing miracles" - Joanna Valente, 2016 Poetry Judge,