A Broken Bowl

By Patrick Friesen

A Broken Bowl
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Set firmly at the end of the millennium, A Broken Bowl takes on the burden of history, with its heaped atrocities, its unimaginable sufferings. This long poem is an angry lament, a summoning of fragments, a meditation in the midst of an exhausted world. By turns lyric, satiric, ... Read more


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Set firmly at the end of the millennium, A Broken Bowl takes on the burden of history, with its heaped atrocities, its unimaginable sufferings. This long poem is an angry lament, a summoning of fragments, a meditation in the midst of an exhausted world. By turns lyric, satiric, elegiac and incantatory, A Broken Bowl is filled with passionate elemental writing in the tradition of Howl and Crow.

"Picture-building poetry doesn't get better than this. Patrick Friesen communicates directly to your imagination. These fragments of a broken bowl are, indeed, much greater than the sum of their parts as they spur imaginal encounters not only with Friesen but with the scattered bits of the reader's self - each piece a new gesture to try on. " -- Per Brask.

"These are the end days - someone's got a kitchen knife and is 'looking for the government' the river is a 'filthy transfusion. ' Patrick Friesen sings this dark song with beauty and a guttering love. We're long past apology, reconstruction: there's only Friesen's voice not nearly enough, sure, but the only thing worthy of trust. " -- Tim Lilburn.

NOMINATED for the 1997 Governor General's Award for Poetry.

Patrick Friesen

Patrick Friesen, former Winnipegger, now lives in Vancouver and teaches at Kwantlen University College. Among his most recent work is a poetry collection, the breath you take from the lord. A collection of essays, Interim: Essays and Meditations, and a new book of poetry are both due in 2006.

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" . .. A powerful lamentation and perhaps also a necessary catharsis. " Ñ Glen Downie, Event

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