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Jeff Friedman

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2014 • 128 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-579-4

New poetry

Pretenders interweaves narrative, lyric, and fable in poems that tell their magical stories with revelatory rhythms and precise diction. Surreal and darkly funny, these powerful poems create a dense world full of pretense, menace, deception, and double truths—in which we are all struggling to love each other enough to survive another day.

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“Jeff Friedman writes, ‘somebody snuffs a crow / prophesying a century of famine.’ Well, Jeff better watch his back, because it’s prophecy—goofy, fabulist, allegorical, comic, hauntingly honest, and grave as hell—that Friedman’s up to in Pretenders. This is his best book yet.”—Ross Gay

JEFF FRIEDMAN is the author of six collections of poetry. He has taught at Keene State College for many years. He is married to the painter Colleen Randall, and they live in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, with their dog. An avid walker, Friedman walks almost every day from two to four hours.

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:10:59 -0500