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About the Author
Wendy Videlock lives in a small agricultural town on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies, where she reads, writes, paints, teaches and observes impermanence. Her work has appeared in The Hudson Review, Hopkins Review, Poetry Magazine, THINK Journal, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, Smartish Pace, Rattle, Eleventh Muse, Hampden Sydney Poetry Review, Kin, Light; on park benches, rocks, and many other places. This is her 6th collection, previous books include, Wise to the West (Able Muse Press, forthcoming) NEVERTHELESS (Able Muse Press) Slingshots & Love Plums (Able Muse Press) THE DARK GNU AND OTHER POEMS, an illustrated children's book (Able Muse Press) What's That Supposed to Mean (EXOT Books).
Mother Goose jacked up on something barely legal? No, it's Wendy Videlock, bewitching poet of the West, sister to those who have "failed to walk on water." There is a formal zing to these poems of anarchy and grace. Videlock reminds us that serious poetry can be fun to read. Somehow, too, she has smuggled in a bag of wisdom.
- David Mason
Videlock is a magician of play and pleasures, wisdom being not the least of these.
- A.E. Stallings
"Don't ask directions of me, my friend," concludes one of Wendy Videlock's poems. As a dweller of the slopes, she knows that there are only two real directions-up and down. In one lies the realm of myth-ancient, untouched, pure. In the other reside chronicles of daily life that too often substitute for poetry. On the slopes, we encounter the confluence of quotidian and ideal that constitutes true poetry. Even a witty crowd-pleaser like "What Humans Do" doesn't allow itself to slip to the level of sheer mechanics; it ends with as much transcendence as any of us are likely to know. Nevertheless is a first collection to be reckoned with.
- R.S. Gwynn
Wendy Videlock is a shapeshifter. Hers is a delicate gift to die for. Read this book.
- Timothy Murphy