Lost in Transition by Sandra Kolankiewicz


In Lost in Transition Sandra Kolankiewicz inventories the world of experience: “bodies so  / charged with electric fluid that when / they raise their fingers toward a / burner, a spark jumps forth adequate / enough to ignite the gas.” Like any Last Man Standing, she wants what she can’t do without: “I’m grateful for your protection while I / had it.” Kolankiewicz tells us: “The devil is in the lack of detail, / the clues you don’t notice until you / get the call, then wonder how you lost your / Eagle Scout.” Lost in Transition is map-making, and serves to make familiar the terrain of the Country of the Lost so we can travel through it with hope or, at least, less fearfully.

-Roy Bentley (Starlight Taxi, winner of the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for 2012)


Lost in Transition is filled with keen observations of the daily that glint with power as Kolankiewicz transports us through the speeding, idiosyncratic reflections of her deft intellect. Her lines leap out and ignite us with recognition and connection. She guides us through transition and into clarity. These poems will scratch at the door of your heart—and you will be happy you let them in.

-Karen Neuberg, author of Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press) and Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada), and associate editor of First Literary Review-East.






Lost in Transition

by Sandra Kolankiewicz

$14.99, paper

Over 300 of Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in reviews and anthologies, most recently in New World Writing, BlazeVox, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday, ArGiLo, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the 2008 fall Black River contest at Black Lawrence Press.  In 2014, Finishing Line Press published The Way You Will Go. When I Fell, a novel with 76 color illustrations by Kathy Skerritt, is available from Web-e-Books.


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