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New from Wendy Sloan
Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum
Wendy Sloan grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an A.B. in English literature from Connecticut College and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She lives in New York City, where she practiced labor law with the firm of Hall & Sloan before returning to poetry. Sloan has been a finalist in the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award Competition and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems and translations appear in journals including The Able Muse, Blue Unicorn, Light, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, Think, and Umbrella, and in the anthologies The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, The Best of The Raintown Review, and Poems for a Liminal Age, benefiting Médecins Sans Frontières, UK.
Wry and witty, shrewd but also poignant, the poems in Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum,which range through both public and private history, are rich with detail and firmly anchored in experience. Inflected by loss and regret, the poems are nevertheless buttressed by Wendy Sloan’s mastery of meter and rhyme and by her confident and contagious delight in the sonnet. With honesty and courage, Sloan’s poetry guides us through vistas that can be lonely and dark but that are burnished by her craft and humanity. In addition, her accomplished translations spice this collection with variety while maintaining and extending its bittersweet tone.
Wendy Sloan’s poems move from worldly to otherworldly and back again, in an instant. Her songs of what we do for love and family—and what the world may do—resonate and move. Her translations retain the complex, tensile fabrics of the originals, while she weaves them into beautiful new cloth. Here is a debut worth the wait.
Wendy Sloan has taken the time to learn her craft and has produced a first collection of thoughtful, considerate, well-wrought poems that explore an engaging variety of relationships over time and space. The reader who takes them up will find not only a guide but a friend.
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