Slingshots and Love Plums - Poems

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Able Muse Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.28 inches | 0.41 pounds

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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).


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