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Patrick Friesen

"Patrick Friesen’s new poems possess a luminous gravity, offering us an urgent series of remembrances, meditations and perceptions that have at their heart all that we know about our certain, common fate, and all that we cannot know about the mortality that defines us. Friesen translates his 'thirst for the sorcery of the world' and the spiritual hunger of a secular ascetic into poetry that intersects rural and urban, prairie dust and Vancouver rain, the goddamned and 'god blessed' . . . these poems address the reader with rare simplicity and openness, creating a profound sense of common ground between writer and reader: our being 'at home in need.’"
—Janice Kulyk Keefer