She's Got Blurbs!
Written by
Wendy Babiak
March 2010
Written by
Wendy Babiak
March 2010
My first book of poems is coming out in a couple of weeks with Plain View Press; it'll be on their table at AWP. I thought I'd start my She Writes blog with the blurbage being printed on the back cover. Thanks again to Tim, Ana and Amy. I especially like Ana's recognition that my poetics are "deeply feminine," which Amy also gives a nod to with the bit about me wiping down landscapes. My perspective is one of a housewife and mother who happens to also be a poet. It remains to be seen whether the male-dominated literary hierarchy will choose to ignore my contribution. Considering what's been happening this year with the "best of" lists and editorships, I think there's a good chance of that, but I'm not going to let it get me down.
Wendy Babiak’s Conspiracy of Leaves feels like a mixtape made by a dear friend who wants to stir up your endorphins but also challenge you to think. Her poems are at once deeply personal and resolutely political, direct and ornate, conversant in the language of science but unafraid of the spiritual and ecstatic. She’ll teach your brain myriad new ways to juggle. –Tim Horvath, author of Circulation (sunnyoutside press). Conspiracy of Leaves leads us along the trajectory of a deeply feminine poetics, the kind that writes “pen in my left hand and rolling pin in my right,” speaking “beatnik beatitudes” with a welcome herb-garden-variety skepticism unafraid of spinning utopias. Babiak sings: “if I were a dragon I would dress in drag” and “Death comes to call and I’m all out of cookies” and “I wish I could sew us a few pairs of wings.” Delighted, we at once put our trust in the wise, hilarious, sophisticated magic of this voice. It is a voice capable of imagining itself absolutely anywhere, starting from the fertile dirt floor of creation’s kitchen and springing up into an astronaut’s-eye view. Hooting, tearing up, and vibing along with Babiak’s tale, I can’t wait to see where she takes us next. Her courage and range are so human, they’re infinite. –Ana Božičević, author of Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press) Wendy Babiak wipes everyday landscapes down with quirky, kaleidoscopic rags “pieced together from the brightest and the darkest bits” of the world’s beliefs. In the same breath she writes Chronos as an impatient waiter, a dragon as her pocket companion, Buddha’s disciples at a get-Nirvana-quick seminar, and a Jesus-less Mary and Joseph in New Orleans. She weaves these archetypal, oft-bloody stories into rhythmic free-verse & rondeau & tour-de-force sestina-sonnet hybrid, headily mining their imagery and calling them out on their bull. Conspiracy of Leaves rattles with the variety of a redeemed, joyous Pandora’s box at whose bottom the hope Babiak offers shines with all the hues of “the diaphanous nature of matter.” You won’t want to miss this dance of molecule with meter; like me, you might sway along. –Amy King, author of, most recently, Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox Books) and forthcoming, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press)

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  • Wendy Babiak

    Thanks! And happy New Year.

  • Lori Duffy Foster

    Just saw this!!! (I haven't been on here much lately with the move and Christmas and all.) Congratulations!!!!