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My Brother is Getting Arrested Again

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My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again celebrates the contradictions and quandaries of contemporary American life. These subversive, frequently self-mocking narrative poems are by turns funny and serious, book-smart and street-smart, lyrical and colloquial. Set in Philadelphia, Paris and New Jersey, the poems are at ease with sex happiness and sex trouble, girl-talk and grownup married life, genre parody and antiwar politics, family warfare and family love. Unsentimental but full of emotion, Daisy Fried’s new collection, a finalist for the 2005 James Laughlin Prize, is unforgettable.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 20, 2006 – Fried's vivacious sophomore effort is a breath of pure oxygen for the serious, politically engaged, unpretentious free-verse storytelling so popular in American poetry a generation ago and in eclipse since. Moving from her own bourgeois-bohemian domesticity to the tough kids of inner-city Philadelphia, Fried (She Didn't Mean to Do It) revives the personal anecdote and the narrative incident through wit, a sterling ear and a prosaic patience. In the title poem, Fried's brother goes to jail for his involvement in left-wing street protests; elsewhere Fried (who teaches at Smith College but flaunts her Philly connections) describes a first boyfriend, the sorrows of minimum-wage work, her aging left-wing Jewish aunts and the three things that have ever made her husband cry. Fried's opening poem takes the form of a message left on an answering machine; "Jubilate South Philly: City 14" adopts Christopher Smart's famous quasi-biblical praise poetry to describe a sassy pregnant teen, while "The Hawk" finds the right symbol to protest the Patriot Act. Winningly personal, the poems are nevertheless artful, with a light touch to balance their heavy subjects of social and racial injustice, closer perhaps to Grace Paley than to Philip Levine.
My Brother is Getting Arrested Again
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Jan 19, 2006
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 80 Pages
  • Language: English
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