Today's poem is "Luna Moth"
from Working in Flour

Carnegie Mellon University Press

Jeff Friedman is the author of four previous collections of poetry: Black Threads, Taking Down the Angel, Scattering the Ashes, and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave. He teaches at Keene State College and lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, with the painter Colleen Randall and their dog, Bekka.

Other poems by Jeff Friedman in Verse Daily:
December 11, 2009:   "Crows" "You came with your dark hats..."
April 22, 2004:  "Taking Down the Angel" "As he ticked off numbers..."

Books by Jeff Friedman:

Other poems on the web by Jeff Friedman:
Two poems
"Watching the Bat"
"Note From the Emperor"

Jeff Friedman's Website.

About Working in Flour:

"Jeff Friedman is a great liar and an even greater comedian. As a liar, he remembers everything and nothing from the last two thousand years. As a comedian, he knows hyperbole, pacing, irony, and all the others. He can't fool me though, he's a true poet and those are façades. If he had written nothing but 'Poem for Ross Gay.' If he had written nothing but 'My Shammai.'"
—Gerald Stern

"From Working in Flour's opening poem's comic-demotic-parodic confession of taking all the chocolate samples in a store, we know we are in the company of a poet who knows, as did Amichai, that we must laugh and cry at the same time. Jeff Friedman has written a wise and funny book, filled with bittersweet memories of a first kiss, work blunders, reconjurings of a Jewish working-class family, as well as antic surreal poems about sex. His new political and biblical poems read like small contemporary parables of mythic dimension. For its range of poems and its comic visionary American voice, Working in Flour is bloomin' terrific!"
—Sharon Dolin

"Any reader who finds Working in Flour in the bookstore should start reading with poems such as 'Notes from a Love Life' or 'Ishmael' or 'Presidential Logic' or 'Bridge Street Café' or 'Sotto Voce'—the spell and trance of their tone coupled with their humor will seduce you into buying this book. And buy it you should. It is marvelous."
—Ilya Kaminsky

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