Pretenders

Pretenders

by Jeff Friedman

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887485794
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Mud 13

1 After the Flood 17

Galicia 19

Majesty 20

Horse 21

Old Bird 22

Noah's Last Note 23

Our Dictator 24

The Names 26

The Truth Twice 27

Brokers 29

Trust Me 30

Somebody 32

Money 34

The Serpent 36

Willem of Hands 38

2 What I Learned from the Animals 41

Bear Fight 43

On Sex 44

Fiction Assignment 45

The Y Chromosome 47

Crossing a Border 49

Of Chickadees and Chickpeas 51

Try a Little Tenderness 53

Family History 54

About the Nose 55

Note to Self on Getting Fired 57

Taking It All Off 59

Oral Sex, 1969 61

Trap 62

Judges 63

3 Clearing the Roof 67

It's Blue 69

Spreading the Son 71

Day of Atonement 72

Hawk in the Wood 74

How Empires Fall 76

The Great Man 78

Failure 79

Last Call 80

Wait 81

Sitting Shiva 82

Wine 83

Tea 84

Regret 85

Dusk 87

Rat in the Closet 88

Wheels on Fire 89

4 Salt 93

Good News 94

Follow Your Bliss 96

Pill 98

A Word About My Famous Mentor 99

5 Brothers… 101

Snapping Turtle 102

Story of the World 104

Innocence 106

Outage 108

Old Friends 109

Pretenders 111

Not Babs 113

Flurry 115

About the Ears 116

Good Sense 118

Breaking the Fast 119

Philanthropist 121

First Snow 123

Crow 125

Give It Up 126

What People are Saying About This

Ross Gay

“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.”

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