A Poet for Our Planet
Book Review of Friedman's "A Turnpike Utopia"

Azure, Alice M.
Date Written:  2013-11-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2013
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20289

Azure provides a review of Friedman's poems within the collection "A Turnpike Utopia" dealing with issues of AIDS, workers' rights, racism, and the mistreatment of immigrants.



In "Pledge of a Good American," [Friedman] is not afraid to goad the reader into taking more responsibility than “…pledg[ing] to do nothing but vote" ... and uses his poet's good craft to describe how he builds his global city:

…I may write a paper on AIDS,
or hug and console
a stranger or friend.
My evening, perhaps, put our heads in the oven
as we clean a community stove,
or I may weave a poem, or rest overlong,
or whatever seems needed and fun
as we build our embraceable
new global city
from the petals and rootings of dreams.

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