The Adventures of Stick People on Cars

The Adventures of Stick People on Cars

stick-people  “It turns out LB Sedlacek is one of the most prolific writers of our time. I hardly had time to finish breakfast before two more poetry collections slipped into my omelet. In her latest, The Adventures of Stick People on Cars, you’ll be surprised how much flesh a stick figure can have. These poems, physically thin on the page, are wide with sentiment and even experiment. Take the marriage of what could be separate poems in the blended lines of “Magnificent Bully” as two seemingly separate stories collide together in an almost ekphrastic euphoria. In The adventures of Stick people…, you’ll miss LB’s dad right along with her. You’ll turn every page before your first cup of coffee becomes nostalgia. Watch out for bears.” ~Rick Lupert, author of Hunka Hunka Howdee! and God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion

The Adventures of Stick People on Cars

A review from Amazon.com:  “I thoroughly enjoyed this collection by LB Sedlacek, a poetess both playful and inventive in her usage of language, as well as an experimenter in form. In beguiling and, no doubt, hard-earned, conversational style, she makes stringing lines of poetry seem an easy task. Listen to a few lines of “Room Copy”:  “…I never / sleep well when / you’re not / home you say and when / I travel I / don’t sleep / well either no / matter how / many pillows I / use all / of them from / both beds / count them 8 / pillows…” What is excluded is easily understood in use of lineation that cuts the chase: “…soccer mom / is on the highway / driving alone with no / did she get the / car elsewhere is it even hers…(“Stick People On Cars in Virginia”). Experiments include two poems each containing another poem within (“The Magniloquent Bully” and “A Chance of Thunderstorm” wherein the 2nd, “hidden” poem, contained in parentheses), and use of white space in later poems of the collection to allow for pause, contemplation even; for breath in the on-rush of emotionally-charged language… This poetess knows her craft. Her stick people live through a voice sure and succinct.” ~Wayne F. Burke