My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again celebrates the contradictions and quandaries of contemporary American life. These subversive, frequently self-mocking narrative poems are by turns funny and serious, book-smart and street-smart, lyrical and colloquial. Set in Philadelphia, Paris and New Jersey, the poems are at ease with sex happiness and sex trouble, girl-talk and grownup married life, genre parody and antiwar politics, family warfare and family love. Unsentimental but full of emotion, Daisy Fried's new collection, a finalist for the 2005 James Laughlin Prize, is unforgettable.
About the Author
Daisy Fried is the author of She Didn't Mean to Do It, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She has also received the Cohen Award for poetry from Ploughshares, a Pushcart Prize, and the Leeway Award for Excellence in poetry. Fried has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and a Pew Fellow in poetry. Currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, she lives in Northampton, MA, and Philadelphia.
Table of ContentsI. Cordless 3 Doll Ritual 5 American Brass 6 Neat Hair 9 Shooting Kinesha io Best of Show 14 Seven Years 16 Jubilate South Philly: City 14 17 Broken Radios 20 Gal Noir 21 The Falling 23 II. Aunt Leah, Aunt Sophie and the Negro Painter 27 The Hawk 30 Running while Screaming 31 The Drunkard's Bar 33 Go to Your Room 35 Empty Woman 37 At Advent, the Waiting Room 39 Sugar 40 First Boyfriend, 14 42 Some Loud Men, Some Women 43 Pablo Picasso Was Never Called an Asshole 45 Chicken Factory 47 My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again 51 Used One Speed, Princeton 54 Stealing from Lehigh Dairy 55 Three Times Only 58 The Conference Notes 59 Slack Morning, Reading Sterne for the First Time at 36, after My Husband Has Mocked Me for Years for My Omission, Princeton, Early Fall 64 Envy 65 In a Station of the Metro 68 Death, a poem in two parts 69 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 71