Poetry. In ENGLISH KILLS AND OTHER POEMS, Monica Wendel challenges and explores the norms of adulthood. Her speaker, teetering on the edge of marriage and pregnancy, weaves together the real world and the dream world while trying to understand what the future will bring. Calling back to ghosts and long-dead languages, looking forward to the children who float in dreams, her world is both domestic and urban, beautiful and raw.
"ENGLISH KILLS is a dream that won't wear off. Using spacious language, Wendel ferries us through the streets of Brooklyn where she explores the most intimate and primitive states of longing. This book is about the soul's conversation with the self and its discovery of the people and places that matter most."—Diana Delgado
"Monica Wendel questions the boundaries we live in with an electric shock of intimacy. In ENGLISH KILLS, she creates a new language, whose terms include friends and neighbors, bodies of water, cities, experiences, dreams, moral questions, circus performers, and ghosts, all arranged with a skill that reads like intuition. This book glitters with the force of a divination waiting to come to light."—Elsbeth Pancrazi
Monica Wendel is an assistant professor of composition and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Her first book, NO APOCALYPSE (Georgetown Review Press), was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest. ENGLISH KILLS AND OTHER POEMS (Mayapple Press, 2018) is her second book. She holds an MFA from NYU, where she was awarded Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Ploughshares, Bellevue Literary Review, and other journals. She lives in New York City.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA