The View from Saturn endeavors to look at the earth and our life on it from two perspectives at once: objectively, as if from a great distance, and subjectively, focusing in on the body with all its cells and hungers. Alice Friman's poems dance between these two vantage points, asking the important questions: What does it all mean, and what have we become, standing in the midst of the destruction we've wrought by "watching the unthinkable going on"?
With dark humor and lyric honesty, The View from Saturn provides both a telescopic and microscopic look at ourselves, exploring how in our smallness and perhaps foolishness we are still capable of attaining a measure of nobility.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Alice Friman, born in New York City, is professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis. Published in fourteen countries and anthologized widely, her past work includes four chapbooks and five full-length collections of poetry. She is currently poet-in-residence at Georgia College.
What People are Saying About This
"[Alice Friman's] voice can be witty, coruscating, gentle, exhilarated, eloquent, street smart, or wise. She brings to her work the authority of... experience, which allows her to say things usually left unsaid. She breaks rules, breaks them with flair and frankness. Lines in her poems are often refreshed by jazzed rhythm and electrically exact diction.... I (and many others, I believe) consider Friman one of the best poets writing today." - Kelly Cherry