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This skillful and memorable first selection can seem like the work of three or four different poets, though wit and civility hold it together. First comes a bevy of poems about God, often comic, and often spoken in His assumed voice: often in stand-alone prose sentences (like the Book of Proverbs) they mix the language of elevated salvation with the debased terms of business and politics: "I regret to inform you that, in the purview of immutable discretion, it has now become necessary to downsize the elect." Verse from Fried's Mutual Trespasses (1988) also looks at--or speaks for--a divine Creator, wittily juxtaposing His omnipotence with human foibles and emotions: "He seemed to sink/ into Himself, a collapsing/ mountain." Big Men Speaking to Little Men (2006), making up most of the last half of this collection, casts aside divinity for carefully ironized versions of family history: nostalgic at times, more outwardly conventional, these pages may nonetheless hold his strongest work. The New York-based Fried (who edits the Manhattan Review) closes with supple, formally acrobatic excerpts from a recent set of sonnets: "I've cornered the market on me, but I'll sell you the shimmer./ When the bubble has burst, volatility is tender." (Apr.)

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This skillfull and emeorable first selection can seem like the work of three or four different poets, thought wit and civility hold it together. --Publishers Weekly
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Philip Fried has published six books of poetry, the most recent being his book of poems about the national security state, Interrogating Water (Salmon, 2014). He has recently published work in Poetry, Poet Lore, Plume, The Poetry Review, and The Warwick Review. In addition to writing poetry, he is the founding editor of The Manhattan Review (1980-present), an international poetry journal.

Publishers Weekly called his fifth book, Early/Late: New and Selected Poems, "skillful and memorable," Tim Liardet writing in The Warwick Review called it "deeply subversive," and The Literary Review declared, "In realms between and including the Almighty and actuarial tables, Fried speaks every language faithfully and eloquently. Rejoice! Read!"

British poet Carol Rumens selected "Ballad," from his recently published book of poems Interrogating Water (Salmon, 2014), as the poem of the week in The Guardian (it will be featured for the week 1/5/15 - 1/12/15 and thereafter archived) . You can access the poem and Rumens's commentary on it, at this site:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jan/05/poem-of-the-week-philip-fried-ballad-psyops

Visit Philip Fried's Web site at http://www.philiphfried.com/

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