My Fault was selected by Eileen Myles as winner of the Cleveland State University 2015 First Book Prize. The book addresses fault and responsibility through personal, gendered and ecological lenses, and attempts to open up the slippery nature of how we assign fault. You can purchase it from SPD, CSU or Amazon.
Publishers Weekly calls MY FAULT: "Ethically astute and wildly caring," "cerebral and soul-baring."
“My Fault is brainy and organic, interrupting itself. In My Fault politics and intimacy are jousting for the planet. Through My Fault nature appears, wearing a beautiful stuttering naked poem you know what they mean. Yes.” —Eileen Myles
“When someone says ‘my fault’ it’s usually just after something not so awful has happened; it’s usually a little light-hearted, a little excusable. When Leora Fridman says ‘my fault’ it’s not so simple as it is most welcoming. This new book introduces the poet as someone who is willing to be someone, not to hide behind so-called points of view or other concoctions of literary fastidiousness. There’s an ‘I’ in this book and it’s an ‘I’ saying over and over again here I am, how are you? This ‘I’ says ‘We are only looking about// Who can say where the handle is/ to this an opening door// Who can hit my switch?’ Reading My Fault is like being with a new friend who has chosen to trust you with her thoughts about just about everything. It’s rare a poet that lets herself be so exposed, so open for inspection, so unguarded.” —Dara Wier
MAKE AN EFFORT, a chapbook of letter-essays, was released from Essay Press in 2017 and is available in full digitally here.
A collection drawn from letters and emails, MAKE AN EFFORT centers unseen labor in all its affection and clutter—the labor of reading, the labor of reaching, the labor of the link—”the wrestling attempt to connect”—as a means to understand the essential relational work of keeping in touch.
Precious Coast was released in 2013 from Hangman Books. It's available for free download here.
ON THE NATURE
ON THE NATURE, a double chapbook including ON THE ARCHITECTURE and ESSENTIAL NATURE, was released in 2014 from The New Megaphone, and is currently sold out.
about ESSENTIAL NATURE
If read while sick, this will give you a plan. If read while sex, this will learn you. If read while spasm, this will be the right belt. If read while fire, this is the story. If read while battle, this can be your blow or your cover or your cry. --Kelin Loe
Leora Fridman's ESSENTIAL NATURE is a masterful work of impeccable desperation. Read it to see how "the brink of sound" become a rapturous brink of light. --Zach Savich
The intricate, ancestral jazz of ESSENTIAL NATURE cannot help but draw the reader into a world rich with messages of prophecy and history, as if Cassandra's warnings and the Sirens' song had blended into one. Fridman's analysis of our inherited geographies--the virtuous wreck--forgives everything and misses nothing. --Laurie Saurborn
about ON THE ARCHITECTURE
If read while cold, this will touch wire to water. If read alone, this will make a market. If read while hunt, this will open earth. If read right now, this echoes legend. If read while still, this will be your bell. If read while camp, this runs to the leaves. --Kelin Loe
What does the ballad measure measure? In Leora Fridman's ON THE ARCHITECTURE, it sashays "down the riot way" to sensually plunder the language of franchises and collective upheaval with the music of what the poems call "smallness" but I call home. One is "heard towelling off postwar," one comes to "believe a greenhouse," comes to "believe the supple / is an axe." It is a distinct, unsettling pleasure to live within the "collapsible lore" of Fridman's poems. --Zach Savich
In this confident, diachronic examination of contemporary culture's current construction, ON THE ARCHITECTURE is by turns political and pleading; both earth-bound and traveling at the speed of light. If the biblical Eve had been a computer programmer, she might have written just such a book--sexy, vulnerable, and wise. --Laurie Saurborn
OBVIOUS METALS was hand-stitched, bound and printed in a numbered edition of 120 by Projective Industries in 2014. You can purchase it here.
Sommer Browning says: "Some of us don’t have a problem with the Mind-Body Problem; our mental state is embodied, our body is thought. This can make for a slippery “I” but as Fridman shows us, slippery means vibrantly alive. Her traveler is the “left/self” – the self left over, non-dominant, wrong – indefatigably surveying survival, friendship, and country, questioning each: What is physical? What is ghost? These poems are gasping and smitten. "
Toby Altman wrote a very generous review of Obvious Metals here, and Mike Begnal wrote one here.
EDUARDO MILAN: POEMS
Eduardo Milán: Poems is a selection of English translations of Eduardo Milán’s poems with the original Spanish included. It was published by Toad Press in 2012 and can be purchased here.