08/12/2014 08:51 AM
BATON ROUGE – “The View from Saturn,” to be published by LSU Press in September, endeavors to look at the earth and 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. In her newest
collection, poet Alice Friman dances 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.
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.
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014