Patrick Friesen writes poetry, essays, drama, scripts, songs, and text for dance and music. The author of over a dozen books of poetry, Friesen has collaborated with various musicians, including Big Dave McLean, Cate Friesen, and Marilyn Lerner, and with choreographer-dancers Margie Gillis, Stephanie Ballard, and Ruth Cansfield. Friesen also teaches, part-time, as a sessional in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. His most recent poetry book is 'jumping in the asylum'(Quattro Books, 2011). Formerly of Winnipeg, Friesen now lives in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island.
This week we threw ourselves a four-day countdown party to our fourth birthday with #ALUx4, found some solutions to a common bookworm problem, and cheered for the finalists of the 2018 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.
This week Poetry Cure was just the antidote we needed to the is-it-spring-yet blues and we finally cleared up how to correctly pronounce Pulitzer.
In today's Poetry Cure, we chat with award-winning poet Patrick Friesen about his book Songen (Mother Tongue Publishing), a collection of poems each one sentence long and joined by commas; the likeness of Middle English and Low German; and music as inspiration.
The award-winning, multi-talented author, poet, professor, and songwriter Patrick Friesen headlines our fifth Poetry Primer instalment, giving his nod to former student and emerging poet Raoul Fernandes.
It’s National Poetry Month, friends! Hands up if you’re excited! Ours are definitely up, way up. 2015 marks our third annual blog series celebrating National Poetry Month but our first on All Lit Up.
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