PRAISE FOR THE DARK GNU AND OTHER POEMS:
Wendy Videlock’s poems contain laughing pears, rhyming coyotes, and jaded wind. In reading this book, I found myself laughing and gasping in equal measures. And cursing, as well, because Videlock is so damn good and I’m so damn jealous of her talent. She is one of my very favorite poets.
Reminiscent in some ways of Shel Silverstein’s classic collections, Videlock’s new book, The Dark Gnu and Other Poems, supplements sly whimsy with mystery and a hint of tragedy. These poems remind readers “of all inconceivable ages” that not all problems have solutions and that some narratives end in mystery rather than in resolution.
The Dark Gnu is enhanced by the author’s illustrations that deepen the allure of the poems.
The voice is unmistakably Videlock’s, but in this new collection we hear the echoes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Gorey.
These are the sorts of poems that children will demand to hear again and again and that parents will want to recite to each other and to their friends.
Wendy Videlock lives on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. Her full-length book of poems, Nevertheless, was released in 2011, and her chapbook, What’s That Supposed to Mean, appeared in 2009. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals, most notably in Poetry and The New York Times.
". . . [ ABLE MUSE ] fills an important gap in understanding what is really happening in early twenty-first century American poetry." – Dana Gioia.
WITH THE 2014 ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE FOR POETRY & FICTION —
Includes the winning story and poems from the contest winners and finalists.
EDITORIAL — Alexander Pepple.
FEATURED ARTIST — Gustavo Thomas.
FEATURED POET — Wendy Videlock;
(Interviewed by David Mason).
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY — Adel Souto.
FICTION — Tamas Dobozy, Maxine Rosaler, Michael Lacare, Bridget Apfeld, Anthony Mastroianni, J. Preston Witt.
ESSAYS — N.S. Thompson, Michael Cohen, Barbara Haas, Derek Furr.
BOOK REVIEWS — Martin McGovern, Hollis Seamon.
POETRY — Hailey Leithauser, Catharine Savage Brosman, Katharine Coles, Susan McLean, Jeredith Merrin, Lisa Huffaker, Len Krisak, Gail Tyson, Stephen Kampa, Terese Coe, Robert W. Crawford, Marilyn L. Taylor, Catherine Chandler, Judith Kunst, Paul Verlaine, Diane Furtney, Teresa Milbrodt, Kathryn Locey, Peter Austin, Kyle Potvin, Roy Bentley, Pierre de Ronsard, Frank De Canio, Dorie deWitt LaRue, J.P. Grasser, Zara Raab, Duane Caylor, Anne-Marie Thompson, Scott M. Miller, Eric Berlin.
PRAISE FOR SLINGSHOTS AND LOVE PLUMS:
From its title to its last poem, Wendy Videlock’s Slingshots and Love Plums offers a delicious variety of treats, from witty send-ups of contemporary mores to somber reflections on mortality, love, and friendship. The pleasures include off-kilter rhymes, elegant turns, earthy revelations, and the skillful mockery of pretentiousness in its various forms.
—David Caplan, author of In the World He Created According to His Will
Videlock arrests because she arrests the complacent drift of sense. She is so good at it that what begins as a taste for her work can quickly turn into a craving—for deliciously cryptic spiritual riddles.
—David J. Rothman, author of Part of the Darkness, from the foreword
Wendy Videlock’s poems in Slingshots and Love Plums sometimes hint at their Colorado origins but are never pinned down by a locality or a life story. They are gleefully universal, taking delight equally in huge abstraction and intimate real-worldliness. Whether enchanting, imploring, or arguing, they always fascinate, concentrating their acrobatics of thought and sound on the knots of the human experience.
—Maryann Corbett, author of Mid Evil
Wendy Videlock is one of the few poets I can still read at length and purely for pleasure. Playfully wise, sharp-tongued, and surprising as ever, Slingshots and Love Plums is yet another treasure to be read and reread at your leisure. Thereafter you’ll find all your thinking is rhymed—but, don’t mind: it’s just dust from the master.
—Timothy Green, editor of Rattle