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March 2018 Non-Fiction: Canadian

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Songen
By (author): Patrick Friesen
9781896949642 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Mar 30, 2018
$19.95 CAD
Active 6 x 8 x 0.31 in 128 pages MOTHER TONGUE PUBLISHING Mother Tongue

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, an award-winning author, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award in Manitoba and the ReLit Award for Poetry. Friesen and Per Brask and Ulrikka Gernes were shortlisted for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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