She Didn't Mean To Do It
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“The poems successfully maintain a delicate balance, a unique and distinct interior logic.” --Philadelphia City Paper
“The poems in Daisy Fried’s first collection of poetry read like tough, urban fables. Formally innovative and thematically challenging, these poems traverse the geography of sex and teenage initiation rights . . . These poems resist being pinned down. They roam the pages in a kind of tight, disruptive free verse.” --Ploughshares
“Fried shows that poetry can be lyrical, bombastic, garrulous even, and still transport her readers.” --Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Maybe this is the book of the year, it has such range and it is so well-written, for her faithfulness to her emotion is matched by her carefulness of execution.” --Thom Gunn
“Fried’s poetry attacks and attacks, and gets through. And when it does, it does because she jams the right words into a strikingly original order with ferocity, intelligence and dash.” --August Kleinzahler
“Of the urban landscape-its grit, power, ugly beauty, comedy and pain, Daisy Fried makes vital poetry.” --Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Daisy Fried, recipient of a Pew Fellowship in poetry, has published widely in journals, including American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ploughshares, and Threepenny Review. She has written articles and book reviews for Glamour, Philadelphia Magazine, Newsday, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among others, and has taught creative writing at Haverford College and Rutgers University. She holds a B.A. in English from Swarthmore College and lives in South Philadelphia.