Using her medical training as well as her extensive knowledge of the natural world, Fry with deft language creates pictures and tells stories that provoke our emotions and linger in the mind.
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Fry takes on the perils that lurk in the dark corners of the world...

and brings them into the light of frank consideration.

At times witty, at times disturbing, these poems span the countryside and the city...

exploring innocence and shame, delight and pain, the sublime and the mundane...

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Andrea L. Fry


Andrea L. Fry

"Advanced practice oncology nurse Andrea Fry is the poetic voice of Paracelsus in the 21st century. Poisons & Antidotes is not just a work of medical humanities. Fry uses her clinical skills to diagnose and treat the human condition."
~Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, Acting Director
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Review of Poisons & Antidotes
"The title of this book led me to expect something gothic, spiky, edgy. But this strong and variegated collection of poems is more complicated than that. Perhaps, though Fry certainly eschews easy optimism, the antidotes prove more powerful than the poisons. Fry’s toughness, sanity, and wry humor assert themselves again and again—but assert themselves in different guises...."

Listen to Andrea read from The Bottle Diggers at Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Cambridge, MA.

"For me bottles were the most beautiful because of the glass, but they were also the most fragile. In fact it was almost impossible to find a bottle that was completely intact or didn’t have some sort of a defect. And for me it was really hard to walk away from those pieces, those honey ambers and the emerald greens and the glorious cobalt blues. The colors were still so pure even though they were just pieces. A lot like pieces of a story. And if you think about all of the stories in the world and all of the pieces of those stories, well, it’s kind of like what the poet Muriel Rukeyser said, 'The world isn’t made of atoms, it’s made of stories!' " ~ Andrea L. Fry

Poetry Books by Andrea L. Fry

Poisons & Antidotes

"Caution: this book may upend your expectations about what is fit subject matter for poetry. From mothballs to toxic machismo, Fry takes on the perils that lurk in the dark corners of the world and brings them into the light of frank consideration. These poems have their 'arrows of truth' aimed straight at you. They will reshape your thoughts. They may deepen your insights. With larger doses, your imagination may experience an expansion. You may feel yourself craving more and more of the poetic artistry of Andrea L. Fry. You’ve been warned."
~ Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Author of "Letters from Limbo," "Burning of the Three Fires"

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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

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Praise for Andrea Fry