It Is If I Speak by Joe Wenderoth
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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Joe Wenderoth's poetry is sparse, nihilistic -- and sometimes witty. Publishers Weekly wrote that, Like Stevens, Wenderoth has a passion for philosophical ideas; at the same time he follows Williams' dictum: no ideas but in things. The result is poetry that is intellectually charged but whose final fidelity is to the senses. His new book has the dignity of a sincere and ferocious despair.

About Joe Wenderoth

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Joe Wenderoth grew up near Baltimore. He is the author of five books of prose and poetry, including Letters to Wendy's (Verse Press, 2000). He teaches at the University of California, Davis.
Published March 17, 2000 by Wesleyan. 83 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Two longer poems structured as numbered catalogues, ""Restrictions"" and ""Things to Do Today,"" strain their short phrases toward surrealistic effects (""collide with the hidden zoo and act surprised by the amount of unnecessary sleep hidden therein"") and desperate humor (""said person believes...

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At the heart of the volume, in a poem called "Emergency Measure," Friedlander chants: "Like a scalpel comes the word, / like an appendectomy scar, the sense," later adding, "The dangerous p- / Art is the an- / Aesthetic, but some en- / Joy that the best."

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