Reviews: Andrea L. Fry’s The Bottle Diggers

“What would turn up if you excavated the foundation of a house that isn’t there anymore?  The glitter of old glass bottles and the memories they spill, more fascinating for the mystery of lost-and-found, the sadness and joy of the forgotten unearthed, and the simply strange, unaccounted for by any means but the voices rising from it: this is the landscape of Andrea Fry’s entertaining, humorous, and poignant The Bottle Diggers, as adventurous in its domestic archaeology as any collection you’ve read in years.”

~ Lisa Lewis, poetry editor, Cimarron Review


“In her debut collection, The Bottle Diggers, Andrea Fry writes beautifully about the miracles in ordinary lives. Her language is fresh and compelling, as in the title poem, which sets the tone for the collection, and in poems such as ‘Sustenance’ and ‘Flask.’ In them she shows us how the observation of common objects from the past can illuminate our present and reveal our common humanity.”

~ Grace Schulman, author of Without a Claim


“All of a piece. All original. Hooray!”

~ Marie Ponsot, author of Collected Poems by Marie Ponsot


“Andrea Fry’s poems display a grounded narrative sensibility. They are poems of astute observation, showing mastery of what one might call ‘argument by description,’ the conclusions not needing to be stated because the parts have been so tightly, descriptively put together that the end point follows naturally from the parts. The poem, ‘After Her Murder” is as technically finished a poem by a new writer as I have read in a long time. It is deceptively simple in its layout, but as one gets into the flow of the poem, one suddenly realizes the hard-won element of control hidden in the lines, from ordinary beginning to surprising ending. This poem, which is followed immediately by the aptly titled, ‘Colors Not of the Rainbow,’ is one of my favorites in the collection. This is a first book of poems, but the poet is already on her way, the voice clearly her own and not to be confused with that of any other poet. An auspicious debut collection.”

~ Ifeanyi A. Menkiti, proprietor of The Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Cambridge, MA and author of Before a Common Soil