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 Friesenis an award-winning author, formerly from Winnipeg, now living in Victoria. He adapted his book The Shunningfor stage; it premiered at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in 1985 and was performed in 2011 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. He has also collaborated with various musicians, choreographers and dancers and recorded two CD’s of text and improv music. Friesen was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for poetry and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1998 and 2003 and won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in Manitoba in 1996 and the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2012.

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