Parking Garage in January

Beneath the highway, the parking garage

with its tarpaulin-tented spaces sinks

away from a gray weekday, into

the city’s bedrock. Shopping-cart homeless

wander through it, gathered like congregants

flocked to a subterranean bazaar

or an underground revival meeting,

though lime deposits rain down upon them

like a post-testament plague, and traffic

choirs overhead tremble, horn sections

heralding their road-rage psalms, while

rush hour ushers in dusk then dark.

—Pauline Uchmanowicz



About the Author

Pauline Uchmanowicz is associate professor of poetry at SUNY New Paltz, and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Sand & Traffic (2004) and Inchworm Season (2010).

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