Ed Friedman is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including The Telephone Book; Humans Work; Mao & Matisse; and Drive Through the Blue Cylinders. He has collaborated frequently with visual artists Robert Kushner (The New York Hat Line and Away) and Kim MacConnel (La Frontera and Lingomats). Friedman has given readings and performances in venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, and The Public Theater. For 16 years (1987-2003) he was the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC. He lives with his wife and 13-year-old son.
Meanwhile we collect postcards. A camel in the late afternoon sun looks over
its left shoulder towards the Pyramids of Gizeh. Then we're underwater with
spotted eel for some solid moments of floating this way and that. Swans
above us on moonlit rivers are ours for as long as we visualize them. When
we get home and apply our new-found imagination to the rigors of every day,
it will be no trouble to replace lightbulbs and governments, housing tracts and
vegetable gardens. Once Sheila the Moth landed on a bamboo stalk to peer at
the night sky and stayed there until she was a dried husk. Books fill with
stories like these. Aquariums house the lives of swooping angelfish.
from Drive Through the Blue Cylinders