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My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (Pitt Poetry Series)

Daisy Fried


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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.

Praise For My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (Pitt Poetry Series)

“Daisy Fried’s poetry is fluid and quicksilver as life seen close up. Here is an original voice: provocative, poignant, and often very funny.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“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. Winningly personal, the poems are nevertheless artful, with a light touch to balance their heavy subjects of social and racial injustice.”
--Publishers Weekly

“The satirical tone here is delicious and the social observation is shrewd.”
--Poetry Magazine

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822959199, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2006

About the Author

Daisy Fried is the author of She Didn't Mean to Do It, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She has also received the Cohen Award for poetry from Ploughshares, a Pushcart Prize, and the Leeway Award for Excellence in poetry. Fried has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and a Pew Fellow in poetry. Currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, she lives in Northampton, MA, and Philadelphia.