Winnipeg launch of jumping in the asylum (Quattro Books).
Patrick Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg, now lives on Vancouver Island. He writes poetry, drama, scripts, songs, text for dance and music, and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, dancers and choreographers. Friesen has published more than a dozen books of poetry. He has also written two full-length plays staged at various theatres in Canada. Friesen was short-listed for the Governor Generalís Award for poetry in 1997. He was also short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Award in BC in 1998, and again in 2003. In 1994 his book Blasphemerís Wheel won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award in Manitoba.
Wide-ranging in subject, deeply intuitive and layered in style, influenced equally by the cadences of jazz and of the Bible, the poems in jumping in the asylum will stand out among this distinguished authorís strongest work.