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My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (Pitt Poetry Series) Free read Û 104 ¾ My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again celebrates the contradictions and uandaries of contemporary American life These subversive freuently self mocking narrative poems are by turns funny and serious book smart and street smart lyricalGenre 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. I keep trying to like poetry This was a well reviewed award winner And it was fine For poetry

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My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again celebrates the contradictions and uandaries of contemporary American life These subversive freuently self mocking narrative poems are by turns funny and. Daisy Fried Narrative and Lyric The poems in Daisy Fried’s collection My Brother is Getting Arrested Again range from narrative such as “Shooting Kinesha” which reads like an excerpt from a novel to lyrical as exemplified by “Jubilate South Philly City 14” a non linear poem containing numerous evocative images These characteristic poems are no doubt the impetus for Marilyn Hacker’s observation that “no poem in this collection is less than specific creating its own narrative implying much beyond its margins” back cover In other words not only do Fried’s poems contain convincing details but they also effectively hint at the broader context of life – real gritty unromantic and often un pretty Fried accomplishes this by paying close attention to such details as dialogue setting and the nuances of interpersonal relationships In “Shooting Kinesha” for example Fried expertly illustrates family dynamics through careful choice of dialogue The poem begins “I hate what I come from” 1 which is spoken by “cousin Shoshana” 1 and provides an immediate tone of familial discontent and self loathing that bleeds beyond the page and into the reader’s comprehension The following lines of the poem provide additional specific details about Shoshana describing her as “22 jawing per always feather earrings tangling in her light brown hair” 2 3 Shoshana’s checkered past is further revealed in the next several lines and stanzas as the reader is allowed glimpses of Shoshana’s boyfriends both current and past and the likely paternity of her daughter Kinesha “I want you to meet my boyfriend” 25 Shoshana tells the speaker “He’s sticking by me He says he knew he could when I wouldn’t dime him out after they caught me with his pot at the Kingston airport Kinesha’s his” 26 28 This dialogue provides a clearer glimpse of Shoshana’s character effectively than an expositional description could convey and further hints at Shoshana’s character beyond the context of the current situation or the boundaries of the poem In “Shoot Kinesha” Fried deftly orchestrates a scene that appears to focus on Shoshana Shoshana’s daughter Kenisha and later on Christina another cousin but is very much about the speaker It is through the speaker’s observation of and interaction with the other characters in the poem that the reader discovers about the speaker For example the poem is peppered with commentary by the speaker that reveals her opinion of her cousins herself and even other members of the family whose presence is beyond the “margins” of the poem Comments like “per always” 2 9 suggest impatience and a level of immaturity which often crops up when one is around family The comment “I always nod at Shoshana whatever she says” 13 suggests the speaker doesn’t really engage much in her conversations with her cousin or at least finds it easier to just agree with her Later when the speaker conveys that she is “bad with kids” 39 or when she refers to Christina as the “third bad cousin” 44of which membership the speaker includes herself her heightened self consciousness becomes apparent Finally when the speaker describes her father’s dissatisfaction with her poems or how her husband dislikes her “ and these days” 88 the reader gets the sense of the speaker’s relationships and even perhaps co dependence This poem like many of the other narrative poems in the collection works well because its narrative flow is not overly expository and contains the most appropriate of details and bits of dialogue If real dialogue from a wedding in which three cousins were visiting were relayed word for word in this poem it would certainly come across as contrite boring and unpolished Fried instead carefully selects and edits until she has chosen the kind of dialogue that will best convey the emotional truth of the scene without cluttering it up with extraneous details such as the color of the bridesmaid dresses Even the choice to mention “Ode to Joy” is juxtaposed with the speaker twisting her wedding ring lending an air of irony to the moment As a result the poem feels authentic and believable In addition to deft narrative and careful dialogue Fried’s use of surprising similes and metaphors often unflattering is particularly effective in creating strong specific images in her poems Consider the visceral description in the line “I was feeling like the phlegm in my throat” 33 from the poem “Cordless” which provides a uncomfortable but accurate description of the character’s state of being or the brilliant “Like a polaroid developing on her Dick Cheney Skin” 16 from “Best of Show” wherein the mention of Dick Cheney somehow makes the already pallid and insipid complexion of the sow pallid and insipid than a simple description or expected metaphor could communicate Lastly the metaphor of piano keys for black and white socks as described in “Her black socks and her white ones are littered together over the sofa soft strewn piano keys” 1 3 from “Stealing from Lehigh Dairy” is a gratifying description in addition to being unexpected and delights this reader Two images that are repeated in the collection therefore acting as a kind of thread that connects the poems is that of sometimes doll sometimes friend Ti Anne who appears in at least three poems as well as sun whose appearance does not always come across as beneficent For example in “Sugar” the “Sun blasts pure light across the big plate glass windows” 8 9 while in “Aunt Leah Aunt Sophie and the Negro Painter” the “Window sun reflects off the frame glass blots out the fruitbowl” 31 32 In these examples the sun is less than congenial either blasting or blotting out details that are important to the speaker A very surprising description of the sun appear in the last lines of “Go to Your Room” where the “Sun blasts the curtain open like legs” which may be meant as an erotic description but has a menacing overtone In the collection’s lyric poems such as “Jubilate South Philly City 14” or the title poem “My Brother is Getting Arrested Again” Fried’s efficacy with repetition is evident In the former the poet uses the word “For” as anaphoric glue while also thwarting expectations of the anaphora by playing with the word’s function Consider the line “For will you please not act like you know me” 2 which has a very collouial and juvenile tone as compared with “For shall I not be good sweet” which has a loftier tone In the latter poem the poet repeats the phrase “my brother is getting arrested again” to unify its images at first in a predictable format –every other stanza – then varying the freuency of the repetition breaking her own pattern All of the poems in this collection are tightly written and evocative The poet uses simple straightforward language that invites the reader into her work Additionally and admirably she illustrates everyday circumstances convincingly and normalizes dysfunction by revealing that being uncomfortable and bad and wrong and stupid are all part of daily life for 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My Brother is Getting Arrested Again Pitt Poetry SeriesSerious book smart and street smart lyrical and collouial Set in Philadelphia Paris and New Jersey the poems are at ease with sex happiness and sex trouble girl talk and grownup married life. Conversational uietly powerful