Blues & Muse of M. D. Friedman

Lafayette, CO
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Wow! Three poetry features and two blues concerts in one week! This is going to be an amazing week for Blues & Muse.


1) I am very proud that Suzi Q. Smith asked me to read my new slam poem, "Never Too Old to Slam," at Slam Nuba's Open Mic on Monday, 11/26, at Crossroads Theater at 2590 Washington St. in Denver. This is a major honor to read with the nationally renown Slam Nuba folks! The Open Mic is at 7:30 PM. $5 cover.


2) Please join us for a fine free poetry showcase on Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30 - 8:30 PM, at Anthology Book Company at 422 E. 4th St. in Loveland. A Taste of Liquid Light will feature Liquid Light Press Poets, MD Friedman & Rachel Kellum, performing poetry from their chapbooks as well as Mariamne Friedman reading from the works of Wayne A Gilbert, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer & Lynda La Rocca. More info at or (970) 667-0118 & the event posting is on facebook at


3) Johnny Johnston & Myself will be back at Sonny Lubick Steakhouse at 115 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins this Friday night from 8:30 - 11:30 PM. Don't miss this sweet acoustic blues concert at one of Fort Collins best venues if you are a fan of the real deal rural blues. This is most likely Johnny's and mine last gig together this calendar year.


4) On Saturday (12/1) at 7 PM, the Bouldering Poets & Semicolon present Collaboration Reading, an evening of Poetry, Prose & Music. I will be performing some of my harmonica poetry as part of this great free event at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe on the Hill at 1203 13th St., Suite A, in  Boulder.


5) Later on (10 pm) that Saturday night Papa Juke will return to one of our favorite Denver venues, the swank and hip Dazzle at 930 Lincoln St. in Denver. ($5 cover) This will most likely be our last gig of the year as well since Papa Juke will be taking some time off so that Christine can enjoy some time with her new grand baby that is coming soon.


I sincerely hope you will be able to join me at some of the amazing Blues & Muse events planned for this week.


~M. D. Friedman


~aka Mad Dog


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"Mad Dog is a monster on harmonica, one of Colorado's best."  Tarry Underwood, Hollar (from the Colorado Blues Society)

"M.D. Friedman and Papa Juke, solo or as part of group he’s very cool."  Heidi Short, Listen. Music. Sound

"Freidman, poet, photographer, digital artist and web designer; he created a new genre of digital poetry that represents the poetic fusion of all of his creative pursuits into one."  Shelley Widhalm, The Reporter Herald

"...creative and unusual, I liked the varied use of color intensity and positive and negative spaces. I was struck by the masterful use of value. ..."  Susannah Vandyke, 13th Annual Lafayette Community Art Show

"Where We Reach is passionate, well-crafted, & deeply insightful poetry. [M. D.’s] control of sound and language is excellent. … a particularly unique, very powerful voice & set of insights as well…[His] understanding of the cross-connection of the arts is both extraordinary & very, very moving"  Jared Smith, Lulu Reviews

"The poem ... captures a dying mother's fear, a grown child's memory of a key connection in the past, and a satisfying image of inked generations. But the poem does not rest there: the final line holds the combination of beauty and terror that lies at the heart of poetry."  Veronica Patterson, Judge, Columbine Poets of Colorado 2009 Contest Winner

"... M.D. Friedman's "Spring of Springs," a passionate, lyrical expression of birth and desire, comparing humans and birds. "It is time to return to our longing/ like birds to the branch, mouths heavy with twisted twigs." In this I had the sense that the poet and poem are one."  by Pat Maslowski, GREEN FUSE NEWS SPRING 2009

". It is a wonderful, meditative poem that balances elegantly, and it speaks very clearly of those realms we inhabit that are so hard to speak of to other people who are not poets. "  Jared Smith, Poet

"Multi-faceted artist and technophile Mark Friedman is always looking to synthesize and integrate. “I want to use technology to create art that you couldn’t make otherwise.” Consistent with this enthusiasm, Friedman is both a photographer and a digital artist, using several types of specialized software to “paint” digital originals. ... Friedman got interested in art at the age of fifteen, when his mother “dragged” him to a Van Gogh exhibit and the work “blew him away.” He began working with images through photography as well as expressing himself through poetry and music. It was the poetry that led to his interest in digital art. “I was designing the back cover of a book of my poems and got carried away.” ... The featured piece, “Swimming,” won first place in the Lafayette Community Art Show in 2011. “I had been to Key West that year on tour with my band and was blown away by the underwater world. The colors haunted me until I did this piece.” ..."  Laura (Mickel) Jajko, A Good Frame of Mind

"In “Poets Two,” one of the introductory poems in Leaning toward Whole, M.D. Friedman concludes with these lines, “The birds that sing so having sung fly on./We all fall into song until we’re gone,” and fall we do, again & again throughout this short song-book of poems. It is not a coincidence that Friedman is a professional musician; he brings a musician’s ear to his poetics in poems such as “The Great Clock” and lines like “the clock tower…/collapses with a heaving sigh,/ a litany of ash, a chiming of embers.” We can hear everything—the hard “c’s” of “clock” & “collapses” crunch in our ears—the cry-like “a’s” of “collapse” and “ash” sound the human response—and yet, paradoxically, it is all still an irresistible song, a spiritual song, a “litany,” a “chiming,” endless and unavoidable. All life then, is the clock, the song, the poem, until the book of poems itself becomes a metaphor for the poet’s ongoing theme: “the b"  Katherine West, Green Fuse News Winter 2012


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