Baton Rouge, La — “Vinculum,” by LSU Press poet Alice Friman, received the Georgia Author of the Year Award for poetry. The 48th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards were presented at Kennesaw State University on June 16.
“Vinculum,” published in April 2011 by LSU Press, roots for deep connections between people, nature, retrospection and the inevitable biological destiny of the body. Friman’s work branches out from the core poem, “The Mythological Cod,” to form a trellis of revelations on religion, sex, humor, science and history. Her poems embrace the painful uncertainty of existence and relationships with clear-cut precision. The defiance and directness of “Vinculum” is matched by its musicality, creating a rich but fragile weave of human attachment.
Friman is the author of five books of poetry, including “Zoo” and “The Book of the Rotten Daughter.” She is poet-in-residence at Georgia College & State University and professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis.