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Into Light

by M. D. Friedman


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Into Light by M. D. Friedman

Into Light is our last print publication at Liquid Light Press. M. D. Friedman, our founder and Liquid Light Press' first published poet, bookends our efforts to create printed poetry books with his legacy collection. This is the sixth poetry book from the international award winning poet, musician and artist, M. D. Friedman.

Into Light Front Cover

Into Light is M. D. Friedman's first full-length poetry book and reflects the experiences, observations, dreams and epiphanies of a lifetime. It speaks quietly about the calling of the heart and loudly about injustices of the world. Eclectic in style and content, this collection, connects both the inner and outer realities of a life well lived.

You can purchase the print and e-book versions available at our Lulu Bookstore, or any other book distributor. It is also available as auidobooks (as Volume One, Volume Two & Volume Three) at all audiobook outlets, and as steamable albums on all music streaming services (except for Spotify).

Mad Dog Friedman's BandCamp page is the exclusive home for enjoying everything Into Light, ( This is the only single place you can listen to ALL 67 of the audio poems from M. D. Friedman's INTO LIGHT poetry book as well as read all the text, and watch all associated "digital poem" videos for free without annoying advertisements. If you decide to purchase unlimited download and streaming access, not only are supporting new media poetry, you will also be able to download to all BONUS ITEMS including the "musical" version of "Two as One" from Mad Dog Friedman's WORD album, the image files for the front and back cover of the print edition, and both the pdf and epub versions of the e-book. It is the the best place online to enjoy the entire INTO LIGHT multimedia collection.

INTO LIGHT Poems by M. D. Friedman - Listen and Watch on BandCamp for Free.

Derivative Works with Orignal Music

A couple of thematic collections of Into Light poems

with improvisational Native American flute backing from Mad Dog Friedman

(M. D.'s musical alter ego) will also soon be availble through the music streaming services.

The album called, Wonder Moments (releases 3/21/24), features M. D.'s "peak experience" poems,

and the album called, Love Poems (releases 4/21/24),

features poems that reflect a divierse dive into the topic of love.

WORD by Mad Dog Friedman features musical

compositions based on M. D. Friedman’s poetry and

includes experimental musical versions of seven of the poems from

M. D. Friedman’s most recent poetry book, Into Light.

Here is a video of M. D. Friedman

performing two poems from Into Light

("A Good Dog" and "Cruel Surgery")

at the R Gallery in Boulder, Colorado,

on January 24, 2023.

What others are saying about Into Light:

These poems are the masterwork of a different kind of man than most men I’ve known in my 73 years. He is, as we used to say, "his own man." More than a disciple of some orthodox poetry "church," you'll meet a mindful, funny, wise and compassionate person in these texts, unafraid to speak honestly and vulnerably. From Li Po to Robert Johnson, memory care to contemporary politics, grieving lament to defiant slam, MD lays it all out about as clearly as a poet can while leaving enough tantalizing mystery to feed the reader's soul for days on end. He really believes "It is a miracle to be alive."! His poems encourage me to believe it, too!!
~ wayne a. gilbert, poet and Colorado Governor's Creative Leadership Award winner

This long anticipated poetry collection opens like a portal that will rainbow a monochrome world. Reminiscent of Rumi and Hafiz, you will taste the landscape with your tongue, unable to separate your own inner body from the mountains and sky you inhabit, “not the waterfall, but the water falling,” ... “no longer sculpted by gravity.” A love poem to life herself, you will want to take your time, savoring each languid line. “I am taken by how much I need this.”!
~ Valerie A Szarek, poet, musician, Spiritual teacher and Colorado Authors League award winner

You know when you begin to read his manuscript spanning decades of his life, that M.D. Friedman is a poet and musician who captures the light then casts it over the pages - perhaps not always reaching the darkest corners, but illuminating a more remarkable life for all its vicissitudes. Whether the rhythm be felt in the exacting nature of one’s mind, or in a Colorado forest, this collection of poems will take you there then back again, where you will perhaps remember standing still, “deep into the mouth of fog”. You will know as you read on, there is hope the fog will lift, for the light to return, or perhaps experience acceptance of those affecting moments in which M. D.’s luminous words resonate: “I wish I could take you. Here in the middle/of nowhere, there is so much to share./The silence shatters into light.// It is a miracle just to be alive.”
~ Lynn Kincanon, Poet Laureate of Loveland, Colorado