Philip Fried's Squaring the Circle is humorous and yet also mysterious in its evocation of esoteric physics and theology. The title poem presents a mystic/scientific quest for an impossible geometry as both a vaudevillian historical catastrophe and a way of understanding God. Throughout, Fried uses pastiche and the mashup of texts to explore historical moments and personal history.
Interrogating Water uses such varied forms and formats as the ballad, sonnet, villanelle, psalm, press release, checklist, and obituary to summon the unmoored voices that proliferate in our wired world. Much of the book focuses on the national security state and its "shadow wars."
Philip Fried's highly praised books explore such themes as the tribulations of a vulnerable deity and the intersection of personal myth and historical moment.