"I did not set out to write poetry: to choose a life dedicated to the lonely struggle of stringing words together. In a society of click-on instant gratification where we’re bombarded by messages promising paradise if we buy a certain brand of toilet paper, such word-stringing is negated. But what was my choice? I wished to live deeply, not just on the surface of things.
Art begins where science leaves off. And it was art that offered me a rope, not a rope to pull me out of life, but a rope to lower me more deeply in it. To go down under the glittering surface and come up with the news of what I found there. To hang on to the rope of language, just as the visual artist hangs on a rope of color and line, the composer a rope ladder of tones." ~ Alice Friman
- Brooklyn College, B.A., 1950-1954
- Indiana University-Indianapolis, 1964-1966
- Butler University, M.A. in English, 1966-1971