Poetry. African American Studies. "If to imagine the city is to imagine the human psyche, as it is in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, then Wendy S. Walters's TROY, MICHIGAN approximates a psyche flattened by middle class desires, racist anxieties, and inexplicably terrifying violence. Walters's quiet, haunting utterances are beautifully precise mappings of the measure of a city's weight and thereby its dark (or darkened) soul. In the wake of reading, I am reminded of Kipling's refrain, 'Lest we forget'—a warning, a kind of boogeyman emergent from a landscape's shiny surface. Walters's TROY, MICHIGAN simply could not be better."—Dawn Lundy Martin
Wendy S. Walters' work resides at the intersection of the poem, essay and lyric drama. She is the author of TROY, MICHIGAN (Futurepoem, 2014), and LONGER I WAIT, MORE YOU LOVE ME (2009) and a chapbook, BIRDS OF LOS ANGELES (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). Walters' poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Breadloaf, MacDowell and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared in Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review, among several others. Her lyric and personal essays have been published or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper's Magazine. She is Associate Professor of Poetry in the Department of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School University (New York, NY).
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA