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A Dark Boat

October 24, 2011 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781897535912
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The poems in A Dark Boat shake hands with darkness; the kind of darkness that is rich and necessary for a full human life, the darkness of soil into which seeds drop and grow, the darkness of the grave into which the body is lowered. Heavily inspired by cante jondo (Spanish "deep song") and Portuguese fado, these poems explore the kind of yearning that is contained in the Portuguese word saudad: a longing for something in the past that can never be found because time has shifted everything away from what it was. Praise for A Dark Boat: BC Poetry in Transit selection (poem from the book displayed on Vancouver city buses) "I don't know how Patrick Friesen has found his way into these poems: they seem to spring from the beginning of time. Nothing is held back. The poems - beautiful to read - are as devastatingly real in their drama on an immense stage of sun and shadow, as living bone. The literary haunting is Lorca and the memories are of the stranger, the stray dog, the witness to the wedding on the banks of the river of death. I read these poems with the utter conviction that Friesen had crossed barriers of time, place, and culture to draw forth poems out of the heart of mystery." (Marilyn Bowering) "... If you've never heard fado music, you should. It is an intense, raw, emotional music ... Or you could just read this book, which is imbued with his reminiscences of his trip and the music of fado. ... lines that punch you in the gut, leaving you breathless. ... " (Prairie Fire) "[Friesen's] poems ... are both evocative and compelling in their exploration of how loss can connect us across cultural boundaries, yet also make visible the limits of that connectedness." (Canadian Literature)

About this Author

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.

ISBN: 9781897535912
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 96
Publisher: Anvil Press
Published: 2011-10-24

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