Poetry

Troy_cover_smallerpostcardTroy, Michigan
Wendy S. Walters
Futurepoem (May 2014)
80 pages
$16.00

“If to imagine the city is to imagine the human psyche, as it is in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, then Wendy S. Walters’s TROY, MICHIGAN approximates a psyche flattened by middle class desires, racist anxieties, and inexplicably terrifying violence. Walters’s quiet, haunting utterances are beautifully precise mappings of the measure of a city’s weight and thereby its dark (or darkened) soul. In the wake of reading, I am reminded of Kipling’s refrain, ‘Lest we forget’—a warning, a kind of boogeyman emergent from a landscape’s shiny surface. Walters’s TROY, MICHIGAN simply could not be better.”—Dawn Lundy Martin

 

Longer I WaitLonger I Wait, More You Love Me
Wendy S. Walters
Palm Press (Fall 2009)
[out of print, contact me for info]
124 pages
$18.00

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Now available through SPD Books

About the Book:

The thirteen experiments in narrative structure that comprise LONGER I WAIT, MORE YOU LOVE ME, Wendy S. Walters’ first full-length collection, reflect a special affection for the long-form poem. With deadpan perceptiveness, the subtle dynamics of relationship that can lead to loneliness, romance and even divine love are noted as landscapes of consciousness.  This collection examines how misfortune occurs when we allow those moments, people and locations most familiar to us to pass by without acknowledgment of their resonant mystery.

Advanced Praise:

“Wendy S. Walters is not poetic, she is cinematic. Her toolbox contains all of the possibilities of widescreen behavior, and each page of this book knows it. Everything we learned as poets, she has unlearned. If you read her across the page, horizontally, she appears to be a narrative poet with a linear line in love with story but if you read her down the page, vertically, she appears to be a philosophical painter with an insistent line in love with layering. Verité not  mere studio mise en scene, Walters is also a master of erasure––no easy similes or tie-up-the-end-the-poem metaphors. Her aspect ratio is wholeness, the gathering of artifice, allegory and constant, intellectual creativity.Longer I Wait, More You Love Me is a bit of a tease too. It hears our request and knows we want song.”  –Thomas Sayers Ellis

Longer I Wait, More You Love Me is a dream-radio in which Wendy Walters tunes a wonderment of voices. It is beautifully kaleidoscopic.  Mixing loneliness and longing, juxtaposing eroticism, humor and violence, this collection is fable-esque, journalistic, rapturous, and dead-pan—acknowledging that “It can be hard to get a message through when / people are underwater”—without betraying the complex narratives of our lives. These poems accrete with a heart-rending attentiveness to the actual: stories of family, lovers, politics and race are sharpened and backdropped by the speaker’s avowal that “Inside me / are many people / I don’t know // who they speak for / They talk / all the time.” Longer I Wait, More You Love Me swells with the cut-up songs of unhearing and the vicissitudes of intimacy, marking the arrival of a much-needed new voice in contemporary poetry and inviting “the rotten joyful / to take one on the chin.”
-Alex Lemon

Longer I Wait, More You Love Me is a dream-radio in which Wendy S. Walters tunes a wonderment of voices. It is beautifully kaleidoscopic.  Mixing loneliness and longing, juxtaposing eroticism, humor and violence, this collection is fable-esque, journalistic, rapturous, and dead-pan—acknowledging that “It can be hard to get a message through when / people are underwater”—without betraying the complex narratives of our lives. These poems accrete with a heart-rending attentiveness to the actual.”    –Alex Lemon

610JPGJMG5L._SL500_AA240_Birds of Los Angeles
Wendy S. Walters
Palm Press (2005)

[out of print, contact me for info]
32 pages
$10.00

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Los Angeles is known to be the most photographed city in the world, and its deep connection to the movie industry means that it is frequently mistaken for someplace else. Through gesture and image, Birds of Los Angeles is a modern, metaphysical exploration of the way Southern California’s rich cultural and environmental landscapes are misperceived.

Review in Tarpaulin Sky