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.