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Songen

by Patrick Friesen

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Impressive craft by one of most important Canadian poets.

The poems singing in this new collection move like swifts. They alight, but only briefly, before their smooth lifts, angles and hair-trigger turns take us places we had not expected to go. Each poem, one sentence long and separated by commas, tracks the movement of the mind. Occasionally using words and phrases from Middle English and Low German, the poems touch on musical influences, the changes in language over the centuries and on the dissolutions, dilemmas and inevitabilities of old age. "Moonlight sassing the room, ... hear them, them strange voices, ...a lonely cellist persists, dangling sound from a string, ... but a last love, too late to last long." A beautiful body of work, the poet at his finest.

About the Author

Patrick Friesen is the author of Blasphemer's Wheel, winner of the Manitoba Book of the Year Award and runner-up for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. A Broken Bowl was short-listed for the Governor General's Award. His work St. Mary at Main was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He has also written for stage, radio, TV and film. He lives in Vancouver where he teaches writing.

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