The Marksman

Carnegie Mellon University Press COMING SOON – Fall 2020 Reviews and Commentary Jeff Friedman is at it again. Marksman reinvents myths and Biblical allegories, addresses the political chaos of our day, journeys through landscapes of salt and dust. Friedman’s latest collection tackles futility and failure, old grudges and new regrets, with a dry wit and

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Floating Tales

A collection of prose poems Plume Editions from MadHat Press 2017 Buy Here: Read Poems Difficult Times (Smokelong Quarterly) White Feather Advance Praise These are poems of sheer imagination and beauty.  Once I started reading them, I couldn’t stop. Like Russell Edson before him, Jeff Friedman is a fantastic fabulist who draws his readers into

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Pretenders

Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-88748-579-4 Buy Here:   Read Poems Mud Give It Up Bear Fight The poems in Jeff Friedman’s collection, The Pretenders, glide seamlessly between the real and the surreal, the humdrum and the absurd, the metaphysical and the personal, carrying the reader along with their mesmerizing and incantatory power. I found

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Working in Flour

Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-88748-533-6 Buy Here:   Read Poems Working in Flour Phaeton I Did It Rosh Hashanah Jeff Friedman is a great liar and an even greater comedian. As a liar, he remembers everything and nothing from the last two thousand years. As a comedian, he knows hyperbole, pacing, irony, and all

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Black Threads

93 pages paperback, $14.95 Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2007 ISBN: 0-88748-460-3; 9-780887-484605 Buy Here: Read Poems The Long Heat Wave Memorial Jeff Friedman has a wide eye and keen ear, a tender touch, a nose for the absurdity of families and the fragrance of disaster, and a heart for the way everyday life melts into myth.

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Scattering the Ashes

87 pages paperback, $11.95 Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2003 ISBN: 0-88748-257-0; 9-780887-2571 Buy Here: Read Poems The Cutters The Lives of Issac Jeff Friedman’s second book places him among the most talented younger poets writing. He is, in many of his poems, a near master of the ordinary event—plain, sharp, and intense; his gift for poignant

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Taking Down the Angel

101 pages paperback, $12.95 Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2003 ISBN: 0-88748-384-4; 9-780887-483844 Buy Here:   Read Poems Two Salesmen On the Banks of the Mascoma Miss Strong and I These are poems of memory; in them the past is revived in exact and painfully loving detail. We have seen and heard much of it before and

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The Record Breaking Heat Wave

43 pages hardcover BkMk Press-UMKC, 1986 ISBN: 0933532598 This is urban poetry, working-class poetry, strongly felt, carefully observed, cleanly written. In passing, I am from time to time reminded of James Wright, but Friedman’s tone is cooler, less lapel-grabbing; nor does it seem less true. —Don Justice The Record Breaking Heat Wave is a technically

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