Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Of the Flame poetry reads like a smoking bowl of hot chilis






"Wendy E. Slater's new volume of poetry, Of the Flame, reads like a smoking bowl of hot chilis right of the griddle. Consider this, 'Who is omniscient / Lies in wait / On the porch / To eat your ego alive,' and further, 'The unfolding / Is in the forest of my love, / Mysterious uncharted territory.' Profound, gutsy, full of life and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of passion and flame, indeed. Highly recommended." 
—JOHN A. PERKS, author of The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant Ven. Seonaidh Perks, Celtic Buddhist Lineage 


"Once again Wendy E. Slater turns her unique poetic talents, her gritty voice and her lyrical intensity to an exploration of the self, in contexts that demand a cunning navigation between the longing for companionship and the need for independence, between contemporary society's false glitter with its plastic wrapped apparent perfection and the true beauty that the mind demands but also fears. Hers is a world of shopping malls and tigers, AstroTurf and mountains, mud puddles and flame, contrasts that fuse into a powerfully rewarding poetic whole." 
—ROSEMARY LLOYD, Litt.D (Cambridge), scholar and translator, and author of Baudelaire's World 

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"Wendy E. Slater revels in all aspects of love. Love between people—love's longings -- the bittersweet aspects of loving -- even the forgiving parts of love. Using short choppy lines in forceful poetics, she explains her feelings, her wishes and the boundaries of love. She describes the 'Coral majesty of fishes / In ecstatic hues / Of tropical vibration' and 'A bouquet / Of spring flowers / All ways / Click Here!RUnfolding in the Breath's / Sacred exhale' in terms of life itself. Ms. Slater successfully writes with intelligence and knowledge about the feelings and interactions between people and their effects on one another. She reaches the core and uncovers the basis. Each reader will relate to her words based on their own lives. We will all benefit from her poems providing this insight. To sum up this latest book of Poems, Wendy E. Slater writes about humanity with a ceaseless and challenging purpose." 
—D.R. DEUTSCH, Poet-In-Residence, Port Chester, Rye Brook Public Library ​​​​​​​
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