- Sweet Is Dead
offers poetry with real, passionate emotion about things we all
face in life. Wendy's poems are comparable to songs, with just
as much emotion and causal, modern tone. She takes typical forms
of poetry and rhyme types, such as the haiku, and creates something
fresh and fun.
* The haiku "Salsa" lets a teenage heroine speak of
the possibility that she may be in love with her classmate, allowing
the audience to feel the comfortable passion
bubbling just under the surface.
* "School-Dazed" realistically places the audience
outside on a spring afternoon while the teenage narrator feels
justified in wanting to get out of class.
* The angsty "Stranger" tells of a deadbeat parent.
* "Green" is so full of symbolism that every line represents
the color as it tells its dramatic story.
* The poem from which the book is titled is full of clever comparisons
as the heroine confronts her ex-friend's callous actions with
an urban, no nonsense attitude.
* The bitter but playful "Deer" says "enough is
enough" and finds a unique solution for dealing with difficult
These are just a few examples of the many heartfelt poems found
in Sweet Is Dead.
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Illustrations by Wendy Fox
Cover photo by Charles Stone, III
Type and design by Karen Stone
- Wendy Fox is also the author of the young
adult short story compilation Daydreaming In Class and
pre-teen short story compilation The Fifth Graders' Court
and Other Dramatic Moments. She has used poetry as her diary,
an outlet for imagination, and as a way to relieve strong emotions
about things that happen in life. She has lived in rural, suburban,
and urban settings, giving her a wide range of life experiences
that translates into her writing.
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