"There's a lot of fake anger out there, masking dangerous fear. Daisy Fried gives us the real thing: anger born of despair, love, desire, injustice, and loss. She's a grave robber, revivifying the corpse of Baudelaire to mess with him and help her to cope. His ghoulish presence accompanies her as she haunts Philadelphia, 'that old worker,' recording riots, suffering, stench. This book has killer atmosphere, fragrances fine and foul. It growls with the cavernous hunger of our 'graveyard Nation' mid-pandemic. But the calm center of THE YEAR THE CITY EMPTIED is Fried's dying husband. Just try and read his last lucid words, swansong of a lost world, without choking up."—Jennifer Moxley
Daisy Fried is the author of THE YEAR THE CITY EMPTIED: AFTER BAUDELAIRE (Flood Editions, 2021), Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, and She Didn't Mean to Do It. She is a poetry critic, poetry editor for the journal Scoundrel Time, and a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Philadelphia.
Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA