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Conkling Writer Fried Publishes Second Collection

The poems in a recently released collection, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, by Daisy Fried, the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith, are rife with unflinching emotion, poignantly alive with human complications and vividly lyrical, according to the reviews of her renowned contemporaries.

“Daisy Fried’s poetry is fluid and quicksilver as life seen close up,” remarks author Joyce Carol Oates.

“Her poems are mainly attempts to provide a complete and actual emotional experience,” comments poet/critic Jordan Davis about Fried. “They have recognizable settings -– a bedside visit, a department party -– and a consistently inconsistent speaker keeping things going from poem to poem. She seems to care not at all about poetry’s usual rubrics and categories for evaluation.”

My Brother is Getting Arrested Again is Fried’s second published collection. The author of She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), which won the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, Fried has also won the Cohen Award for poetry from Ploughshares, a Pushcart Prize, and the Leeway Award for Excellence in poetry. Fried, who was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton University last year.

Like the poems in She Didn’t Mean to Do It, those in Fried’s new collection speak from a street-smart, urban stance that simultaneously prods and mollifies the complicated experience of modern life. Alternatively humorous and serious, the poems are set in Philadelphia, Paris and New Jersey, and address a swath of high-temperature issues, including sex, politics, family warfare, married life, and love.

The book, which was published this year by University of Pittsburgh Press, was a finalist for the 2005 James Laughlin Prize.

Fried’s poems have appeared in many literary publications, including American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review and Yale Review.

My Brother is Getting Arrested Again is available locally at Amherst Books and at Broadside Bookshop on Main Street in Northampton. Fried will give a reading from her new book at Broadside Bookshop on April 25.

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