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Publisher Comments:

The bold and surprising imagination of Joe Wenderoth is everywhere present in these essays moving fluidly between aesthetics, obscenity, America, censorship, and the craft of poetry. Fans of his previous work know he is one of those rare figures who travels between pop culture, poetry, and cultural critique, and all will be thrilled to find his uncompromising and inimitable sensibility on brilliant display.

Joe Wenderoth grew up near Baltimore. His books include the novel Letters To Wendy’s (Verse Press, 2000) and the poetry collections It Is If I Speak and Disfortune (Wesleyan, 2000, 1995). Agony: A Proposal is forthcoming from Verse Press. He teaches at the University of California Davis, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Review:

"Wenderoth's Letters to Wendy's (2000) — irreverent, witty prose poems written on comment cards from the eponymous burger chain — racked up unheard-of sales and made the young writer a poetry-world celebrity. Wenderoth's first post-Wendy's publication collects equally irreverent, equally biting and sometimes frankly sexual efforts in prose, along with a few poems and photographs: it shows his wit, and his desire to shock, undimmed. Individual essays explore the semiotics of Mayberry RFD and the phenomenology of Wile E. Coyote; reinterpret a poem of Sappho's to describe a seizure; rewrite a poem by Robert Hass so that it describes junkies in Cleveland; invent new drinking games; and advise academic colleagues, 'Be glad that in truth you are... not in control of what comes into your mouth.' 'An Eye for an Eye for an Eye' proposes updates on the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, among them 'Drug-Users' Eye for the Corporate Zombie.' Wenderoth also reproduces correspondence with magazine editors regarding another essay (also printed here) whose portrayal of a promiscuous female Jesus led the editors to kill the piece. Though some pieces suffer as their occasions pass, most remain disorientingly smart, and funny." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Wenderoth moves from outrageous premises to piercing insights in his first book since Letters to Wendy's.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Essays. The bold and surprising imagination of Joe Wenderoth is everywhere present in these essays moving fluidly between aesthetics, obscenity, America, censorship, and the craft of poetry. Fans of his previous work know he is one of those rare figures who travels between pop culture, poetry, and cultural critique, and all will be thrilled to find his uncompromising and inimitable sensibility on brilliant display. Joe Wenderoth's previous books include LETTER'S TO WENDY'S, It Is If I Speak and Disfortune. He teaches at the University of California Davis.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780974635378
Author:
Wenderoth, Joe
Publisher:
Wave Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.5 in 8.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wenderoth's Letters to Wendy's (2000) — irreverent, witty prose poems written on comment cards from the eponymous burger chain — racked up unheard-of sales and made the young writer a poetry-world celebrity. Wenderoth's first post-Wendy's publication collects equally irreverent, equally biting and sometimes frankly sexual efforts in prose, along with a few poems and photographs: it shows his wit, and his desire to shock, undimmed. Individual essays explore the semiotics of Mayberry RFD and the phenomenology of Wile E. Coyote; reinterpret a poem of Sappho's to describe a seizure; rewrite a poem by Robert Hass so that it describes junkies in Cleveland; invent new drinking games; and advise academic colleagues, 'Be glad that in truth you are... not in control of what comes into your mouth.' 'An Eye for an Eye for an Eye' proposes updates on the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, among them 'Drug-Users' Eye for the Corporate Zombie.' Wenderoth also reproduces correspondence with magazine editors regarding another essay (also printed here) whose portrayal of a promiscuous female Jesus led the editors to kill the piece. Though some pieces suffer as their occasions pass, most remain disorientingly smart, and funny." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Wenderoth moves from outrageous premises to piercing insights in his first book since Letters to Wendy's.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Essays. The bold and surprising imagination of Joe Wenderoth is everywhere present in these essays moving fluidly between aesthetics, obscenity, America, censorship, and the craft of poetry. Fans of his previous work know he is one of those rare figures who travels between pop culture, poetry, and cultural critique, and all will be thrilled to find his uncompromising and inimitable sensibility on brilliant display. Joe Wenderoth's previous books include LETTER'S TO WENDY'S, It Is If I Speak and Disfortune. He teaches at the University of California Davis.
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