Songen

By Patrick Friesen

Songen
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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 ... Read more


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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.

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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