Black Threads

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In Jeff Friedman's narrative poems, the world of our fathers deepens into meaning. How we lived and loved and managed to flourish in 20th century America despite fear, sadness and spiritual hunger assumes Old Testament clarity. Friedman's black threads bind Noah to the great migration, the Golem to the suburbs, and Cain and Abel to the generation that embraced rock'n'roll. Modest and wise, these poems bless both our New World domesticity and our still raging restlessness. ...
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Overview

In Jeff Friedman's narrative poems, the world of our fathers deepens into meaning. How we lived and loved and managed to flourish in 20th century America despite fear, sadness and spiritual hunger assumes Old Testament clarity. Friedman's black threads bind Noah to the great migration, the Golem to the suburbs, and Cain and Abel to the generation that embraced rock'n'roll. Modest and wise, these poems bless both our New World domesticity and our still raging restlessness.
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What People Are Saying

Alicia Ostriker
"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. There is an elegance and precision in these (mostly) elegiac poems, lifting them from the grit of memory, placing them on the ledge of grace."
Michael Waters
"In Jeff Friedman's narrative poems, the world of our fathers deepens into meaning. How we lived and loved and managed to flourish in 20th century America despite fear, sadness and spiritual hunger assumes Old Testament clarity. Friedman's black threads bind Noah to the great migration, the Golem to the suburb, and Cain and Abel to the generation that embraced rock'n'roll. Modest and wise, these poems bless both our New World domesticity and our still raging restlessness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887484605
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF FRIEDMAN is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Taking Down the Angel, Scattering the Ashes and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave. He is a core faculty member in the low-residency M.F.A. Program at New England College and lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire with the painter Colleen Randall.

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Table of Contents

ONE
The Golem in the Suburbs
The Surviving Angel
Mournful Dress
Driving through the Rubble
Lineage
Folding Fan
Buying Another Year
Night of the Rabbi
Blessing for the Hats
Noah Looks Back
Miriam
Birthday

TWO
My Mother Tells Me about Her Father
In the Hospital
Songs
Dinner at the Warwick
Stockboy
Late Shift, Minneapolis Welding Road
Nuevo Laredo
Hanging Sculpture
Watching the Bat
Palm Reading on Wildwood
Night of the Bat
Video Game

THREE
The Wedding One Year before the Divorce
Window
Lament
Punishment
Jacob and the Angel
Cain and Abel
Clocks
Outside
Nuclear Bomb Drill
Sunday School
Sunday
Call from Little Rock
Summer of '69
Heat
The Long Heat Wave
New Car
The Twist
Out of Reach
Memorial

FOUR
Hymn to Your Tongue
Salt House
After the Funeral Service
Beam
After the Storm
Cassandra
Taking the South
Michal
Oenone Settles It with Paris
Goodbye
Two Women
The Promised Land
Making It to Tina Turner
Hunting with My Father
The Waiting Room at St. Mary's
Crows

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